In July of 2020, the County and City joined over 200 local governments in the United States to pass a Climate Emergency Resolution. As a result, CEMWG will submit a final report to the County Council, County Executive, Mayor and Aldermen, and to the public in September of 2021. The report will include legislative, administrative, and community recommendations to assist the County and City meet the two key goals:
1) Implement policy and legislative actions through the lens of climate change; and
2) Reduce county- and city-wide greenhouse gas emissions from 2010 levels by 50% before 2030 and by 100% no later than 2050, and, employ efforts to safely drawdown carbon from the atmosphere.
It spoke of the need for local measures “to protect people and nature from the adverse consequences of abrupt climate change.” And so was established the Climate Emergency Mobilization Workgroup, the folks behind this website.
In the debate over that resolution, “emergency” was a bone of contention – and for good reason. It can be hard to imagine that we, here, will ever see drought and wildfires, or ocean-warmed supercharged hurricanes. Even Maryland’s watery “ghost forests” are over 100 miles to the east.
Climate Emergency Mobilization:
1,747 Governments Have Declared Mobilization
830 Million People Participated
30 Countries Involved