What does it mean to declare a climate and ecological emergency?

A declaration must lead to meaningful action and needs to be supported by your board, executive team and have staff support within the organisation. We recognise this process needs consultation and support and can take due process within large organisations. Many organisations & businesses will write their own declaration wording, that best suits their context.

What are you and your organisation or business committing to?

By declaring with Dorset Declares, you are committing to the following actions:

One: Publishing Your Board Resolution

Share publicly your declaration and appoint a person who will be responsible for leading on your actions.

Two: Developing a ‘Climate Emergency Plan'

Create your plan and bring to your Executive and Board within 6 months of making your declaration. Report your ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ progress annually.

Three: Accelerating Your Current Trajectory

Ensure the ‘Climate Emergency Plan’ represents an acceleration of your current trajectory and actions are 1) in line with what is needed to reach net zero timescale between 2025-2050 and 2) keeps the planet within 1.5 degrees.

Four: Setting Interim Targets

Design realistic milestones which allow for business reconfiguration with appropriate interim targets if net zero is beyond 2030.

Five: Sharing Best Practices

Connect and engage with your peers across Dorset, so that we can begin to collaborate and create the innovative responses and solutions we need in Dorset.

Six: Advocating For Change

Connect and engage with your peers, so that we can begin to collaborate and create the innovative responses and solutions we need in Dorset.

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