City of Oakland Resolution No. 87397 Declaring a Climate Emergency and Calling for a Just Transition

Citing observed and predicted temperature and sea level rises worldwide and the disproportionate effects of climate change borne by frontline communities, the City Council of Oakland, California passed this resolution (No. 87397) in October 2018 declaring that climate change is a global and local emergency. The resolution further calls for city-wide net zero emissions and a “just transition,” defined as a “fair shift to an economy that is ecologically sustainable, just, and equitable for all its members.” It resolves to engage the community in pursuing that goal, and calls on all other governments of all levels to make a similar commitment. 

Oakland has previously committed to reduce emission by 56% of 2005 levels by 2030, and 83% by 2050. This resolution affirms that goal, and states Oakland’s commitment to an aggressive mobilization against climate change, including reducing citywide emissions toward net zero and accelerating adaptation and resilience efforts to prepare for intensifying climate change impacts.

Many of these goal are echoed in the City’s call for other governments, both national and subnational, to similarly initiate mobilization efforts toward a “just transition” that will:

  • Restore pre-industrial GHG levels and temperatures,
  • Cease all novel fossil fuel infrastructure development and phase out their use,
  • Prevent mass extinctions, 
  • Initiate carbon capture efforts, and
  • Create jobs for those affected by the transition to a green economy. 

The resolution calls for full and inclusive community participation in leadership of mobilization efforts against climate change. It commits to centering the effects on vulnerable communities in planning how to achieve these goals, invites those communities to participate, and calls on all other governments to do the same.

In furtherance of the goals stated in Resolution 87397, in 2020, Oakland released its 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan
 to provide a roadmap for an equitable and just transition to a green economy.

Publication Date: November 30, 2018

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