A Yardley Wood resident asks, “Will Birmingham play its part in the national effort?”

20,000 signatures from Birmingham residents will lead to a climate emergency debate in full council. To see, and hopefully sign the petition, click here.

London, Liverpool, Manchester, Bristol and 23 smaller local authorities in the UK have already passed motions declaring a climate emergency.

The effects of climate change are already being felt around the world. In the UK, we have seen increased levels of drought, flooding, storm damage, and this February even wildfire. In order to reduce the chance of runaway Global Warming and limit the effects of Climate Breakdown, we need to reduce our CO2 equivalent emissions by all means possible as quickly as possible.

The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming, published last October, describes the enormous harm that a 2°C temperature rise is likely to cause compared to a 1.5°C rise. It states that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C may still be possible with ambitious action from authorities, but we only have 12 years (to 2030) to achieve this: see https://www.ipcc.ch/sr15/

City Councils around the world are responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address it.