AMB’s recognition of the climate emergency
Impacts of the climate emergency and tools for acting as quickly as possible against climate change in the metropolitan territory
As a supramunicipal local body, the AMB has a significant capacity for action and plays an essential role in leading and helping to build a supralocal response to climate change that encompasses the entire metropolitan area. Local town councils also play a fundamental role in local climate action and are unquestionably the driving force in ensuring that supramunicipal institutions take the appropriate local approach in response to the climate emergency.
The AMB’s recognition of a climate emergency is urgent and necessary. We must respond quickly and effectively with specific commitments to combat climate change.
8 principles of the AMB’s commitment
Transformative action that empowers us to act as a society in the context of climate emergency with responsibility, critical analysis and creativity to go beyond the limited impact of individual action.
Health encompasses physical, mental and social well-being. Therefore, mitigating the climate crisis and adapting to its impacts (such as heat waves or droughts) are inseparable from citizens’ health and well-being.
Fair treatment for all people with the aim of avoiding discrimination that could lead to inequalities in certain decisions and projects linked to the fight against climate change.
Transformation towards a sustainable economy by abandoning fossil fuels, lowering consumption and using renewable and local energy. A change is needed in the way energy is produced, managed and consumed.
More public transport, better connections among municipalities and improvements in the logistics system of goods.
Promotion of a circular model that respects the planet’s ecological limits and guarantees a decent life for everyone.
More jobs, more employment opportunities linked to the green economy (renewable energy, sustainable forest management, etc.) and better distribution of work.
Healthy food based on the consumption of seasonal, local and sustainably produced food.
Adaptation to climate changeThe adjustment of human or natural systems to the inevitable effects of climate change. The capacity to adapt to climate change, together with climate risk and climate sensitivity, are some of the factors that determine vulnerability. Climate change adaptation measures, along with climate change mitigation measures, are two of the cornerstones of the climate transition.
Carbon footprintThe total amount of GHG emissions associated with the lifecycle of a person, a product, an industrial process, etc. It is the environmental impact used to measure the lifecycle of a product or service to gauge its contribution to the potential for global warming.
Carbon neutrality or climate neutralityA situation in which there is a zero balance between greenhouse gas emissions and their absorption through carbon sinks.
Circular economyAn economic model based on the reuse, repair, remanufacture and recycling of materials and products which minimises the use of raw materials as an alternative to a linear model based on production, use and disposal.
Climate actionA set of policies aimed at avoiding a global average temperature increase of more than 2 °C compared to pre-industrial times.
Climate changeThe natural changes in the planetary climate system, the interglacial cycles that occur every tens of thousands of years. It is not a useful term to refer to the current phenomenon, since change is a neutral-positive concept which does not reflect the direness and magnitude of the climate forcing caused by humans.
Climate crisisThe dire environmental and economic impact of global warming. This is our current situation as a consequence of decades of increases in greenhouse gas emissions. It describes the current instability, and just like all crises (economic, political or social), if it isn’t solved it can worsen.
Climate emergencyThis indicates the seriousness of the current climate situation and the need for immediate action, with exceptional measures by public authorities (just as in health, security or humanitarian emergencies). The concept of climate emergency has been trivialised because it is used without linking it to urgent and exceptional measures.
Climate justiceA set of principles that defend fair treatment for all people and all countries with the aim of avoiding any discrimination that may result from certain decisions and projects linked to the fight against climate change.
Climate migrantAn environmental migrant who is forced to leave their usual place of residence due to the environmental degradation caused by climate change. Currently, the concept of climate migrant is not covered in any international law.
Climate scenarioA future climate system forecast taking into account the different variables involved. There can be moderate or extreme scenarios according to the different analyses.
CO2 equivalentA magnitude that allows us to determine the potential global warming from greenhouse gases based on their carbon dioxide equivalence by applying the warming potentials for each gas.