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Record #: R2020-81   
Type: Resolution Status: Adopted
Intro date: 1/15/2020 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Enviromental Protection and Energy
Final action: 2/19/2020
Title: Declaration of climate emergency and call for initiation of emergency Climate Mobilization initiative
Sponsors: Martin, Matthew J. , Cardenas, George A., Rodriguez, Michael D., Rodriguez Sanchez, Rossana , Vasquez, Jr., Andre, Cappleman, James, Osterman, Harry, Reilly, Brendan, Hadden, Maria E. , Nugent, Samantha , Dowell, Pat, Mitts, Emma, Waguespack, Scott, Villegas, Gilbert, Maldonado, Roberto, Austin, Carrie M., La Spata, Daniel , Reboyras, Ariel, Quinn, Marty, Taliaferro, Chris, Sigcho-Lopez, Byron, Burnett, Jr., Walter, Tabares, Silvana, Scott, Jr. Michael, Sadlowski Garza, Susan, Mitchell, Gregory I., Sawyer, Roderick T., Hairston, Leslie A., Cardona, Jr., Felix , Silverstein, Debra L., Gardiner, James M. , Thompson, Patrick D., Moore, David H., Ramirez-Rosa, Carlos, Hopkins, Brian , Taylor, Jeanette B. , Brookins, Jr., Howard, King, Sophia D., Smith, Michele, Lopez, Raymond A., Coleman, Stephanie D. , Curtis, Derrick G., O'Shea, Matthew J., Tunney, Thomas, Harris, Michelle A., Ervin, Jason C.
Attachments: 1. R2020-81.pdf

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O'Shea (19) Tunney (44) Harris (8) Ervin (28) ' Resolution
Declaration of climate emergency and call for initiation of emergency Climate Mobilization effort Committee on Enviromental Protection and Energy
Committee on Environmental Protection & Energy
January 15,2020 City Council Meeting


WHEREAS, in April 2016 world leaders recognized the urgent need to combat climate change by signing the Paris Agreement, agreeing to keep global warming, "well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels" and to "pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to l.5°C"; and

WHEREAS, the death and destruction already wrought by current average global warming of 1 °C demonstrate that the Earth is already too hot for safety and justice, as attested by increased and intensifying wildfires; floods, rising seas, diseases, droughts, and extreme weather; and

WHEREAS, according to the United Nations' Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty, 1.5°C of global warming could expose 500 million people to water poverty, 36 million people to food insecurity because of lower crop yields, and 4.5 billion people to heat waves; and

WHEREAS, in October 2018, the United Nations released a special report which projected that limiting warming to even the dangerous 1.5°C target this century will require an unprecedented transformation of every sector ofthe global economy by 2030: and

WHEREAS, the United States of America has disproportionately contributed to the climate and ecological emergencies and thus bears an extraordinary responsibility to rapidly solve these crises; and

WHEREAS, climate change will continue to make basic human necessities such as food, housing, health care, transportation and energy more expensive and difficult to obtain; and

WHEREAS, in July 2019, members of Congress introduced a concurrent Congressional resolution to declare a national ...

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