Here is the text of a climate emergency resolution that has been proposed to the Frederick County Council by two of its members; Jessica Fitzwater and Kai Hagen. This resolution was successfully passed. Frederick City passed a similar resolution.
CLIMATE EMERGENCY RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, our present climate crisis poses an immediate and long-term threat to the well-being of all communities, including Frederick County; and
WHEREAS, climate change impacts will test our infrastructure, emergency and social services; impact our access to food, water, and energy; disrupt commerce and our quality of life; and
WHEREAS, the harm already caused by global warming of approximately 1 degree Celsius demonstrates that the earth has already warmed too much for ecological stability, safety, and justice, as attested by increased and intensifying wildfires, floods, rising seas, climate refugees, diseases, droughts, and the ongoing mass extinction of species; and
WHEREAS, restoring a safer and more stable climate requires an emergency mobilization on a scale not seen since WWII to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions within a few decades, to rapidly reduce excess greenhouse gases from the atmosphere, and to implement measures to protect all people and species from the consequences of abrupt climate change.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF FREDERICK COUNTY, MARYLAND, that Frederick County declares that a climate emergency threatens our county, state, nation, civilization and the natural world.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Frederick County commits to considering all significant actions through the lens of climate change.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Frederick County commits to an equitable climate emergency mobilization effort to address global warming, reduce greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2030 and 100% by 2050, and employ all efforts to safely drawdown carbon from the atmosphere.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Frederick County underscores the need for full community participation and support in this effort and thus the County Council will establish an ad hoc Climate Emergency Mobilization Workgroup to be comprised of scientific experts, engaged stakeholders, and relevant County Departments.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that within one year of the adoption of this resolution, the Climate Emergency Mobilization Workgroup will submit its findings to the County Council with suggestions recommendations of actions and accountability measures that will meet the goals of this resolution.
AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Frederick County commits to communicating with and educating our residents about the climate emergency, including the efforts of the Climate Emergency Mobilization Workgroup.
The undersigned hereby certifies that this Resolution was approve and adopted on the ________ day of __________________, 2020.
Here are some other things you can do own your own, right away
A week of being a climate hero
Meatless Monday: Cows, sheep, and goats emit lots of methane. 80% of deforestation in the Amazon is due to cattle production.
Transfer Tuesday: Call Potomac Edison and transfer your source of electricity to renewables. Coal-fired plants pollute our air, sicken our population, and dramatically add to greenhouse gases.
Walking Wednesday: (or take a bike, MARC, bus) 27% of US carbon emissions come from transportation.
Thermostat Thursday: You save 6% on your heating bill for every 1 degree C (1.8 degrees F) cooler in the winter, or warmer in the summer that your keep your house.
Five bulbs Friday: Change five light bulbs that you use most often to LEDs, which use only a fraction of the energy of incandescents and last 50,000 hours (compared to 1200 Hours for incandescents).