Climate Emergency messages

City of Kiel (DE)



Video message


"Kiel has been a climate protection city for many years. But we must and we want to become even more ambitious and implement measures from our  ‘Master Plan for 100% Climate Protection’ even earlier so that we can achieve climate neutrality well before 2050. If everyone works together, we can limit global warming to 1.5 degrees." Ulf Kämpfer, Mayor of the City of Kiel



City of Oxford (UK)



"Declaring a climate emergency is both a diagnosis of a problem and a sign of its seriousness. That’s why Oxford was one of the first cities to declare a climate emergency. We wanted to signal to our citizens our intent to tackle this global problem at a local level while adding to the nationwide push for political action on the basis of grassroots campaigning. Responding to this challenge must be inclusive, and we’ll host the country’s first Citizens Assembly on the issue in September."

Councillor Tom Hayes, Oxford City Council’s Cabinet Member for a Zero Carbon Oxford



City of Basel (CH)

"On 20 February 2019, the Basel parliament adopted a resolution declaring a climate emergency with broad political support. The effects on the climate as well as on ecological, social and economic sustainability must now be taken into account in political dealings. The resolution gives climate change a very high priority in Basel." Matthias Nabholz, Head of the Department for Environment and Energy Basel-Stadt

City of Constance (DE)

"By declaring a climate emergency, the City of Constance is sending a signal and becoming a driving force: A signal especially to the youth of Constance who are very concerned about the climate that the topic has arrived at the city hall. It is also a push to greatly accelerate climate protection efforts. But we are also saying: climate is a topic not only for local politicians and administrations – everyone must contribute." Uli Burchardt, Mayor of the City of Constance


Photos: The City Press office (Kiel) | Tom Hayes (Oxford) | The City Environmental Agency (Basel) |The City Press office (Constance)