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Why a 'climate change emergency'?
The call for recognising a climate change emergency comes from recognition of the need for ‘collective action’, and understanding that currently agreed collective action is insufficient to avoid irreversible and extraordinarily costly climate change impacts.
For groups who cannot take action to address greenhouse gas emissions targets at an international level, declaration of a climate emergency can lead to effective local action as well as to national governments making further commitments.
Currently, over 717 jurisdictions and local governments (including the Newcastle City Council, the Upper Hunter Shire Council, and Sydney City Council) have declared a climate emergency calling for urgent action to reduce greenhouse gasses, as have a number of other organisations including universities.
For the most recent update, see https://climateemergencydeclaration.org/climate-emergency-declarations-cover-15-million-citizens/