Journal article

The making of a climate emergency response: Examining the attributes of climate emergency plans

Kathryn Davidson, Jessie Briggs, Elanna Nolan, Judy Bush, Irene Hakansson, Susie Moloney

URBAN CLIMATE | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

Climate emergency declarations are amongst the strongest statement from governments in the face of global warming. At least 1217 local governments have so far declared a climate emergency; however, on a national government level, only seven such declarations have been made, most of which were in 2019. The exponential rise of local governments declaring a climate emergency is significant, and developing an understanding of how these responses are operationalised is critical. Previous studies indicate that local government practitioners conceptualise climate change as a complex emergency but tend to suggest ‘business as usual’ responses, unfit to deal with this complexity. Since these governme..

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