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RESOLUTION NO. 5279 <br />A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF THE YOUTH -LED CLIMATE STRIKE <br />EUGENE, OREGON ON SEPTEMBER 20 BEGINNING A WEEK OF <br />CLIMATE AWARENESS ACTIONS THROUGH SEPTEMBER 27, 2019, <br />DECLARING A CLIMATE EMERGENCY, AND CALLING FOR FULL <br />IMPLEMENTATION OF THE EUGENE OREGON CLIMATE <br />RECOVERY ORDINANCE (CRO) AND OTHER IMMEDIATE <br />MEASURES TO RESTORE A SAFE CLIMATE. <br />The City Council of the City of Eugene finds that: <br />A. On April 22, 2016, world leaders from 174 countries and the European Union <br />recognized the threat of climate change and the urgent need to combat it by signing the Paris <br />Agreement, agreeing to keep global warming well below 2'C above pre -industrial levels and to <br />pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5'C. <br />B. On October 8, 2018, the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change <br />released a special report which projected that limiting warming to the 1.5'C target this century will <br />require an unprecedented transformation of every sector of the global economy over the next 12 <br />years. <br />C. World Wildlife Fund's 2018 Living Planet report finds that there has been a 60% <br />decline in global wildlife populations between 1970 and 2014. <br />D. According to the Intergovernmental Science -Policy Platform on Biodiversity and <br />Ecosystem Services, human activity has already severely altered 40% of the marine environment, <br />50% of inland waterways, and 75% of the planet's land, and it is projected that half -to -one million <br />species are threatened with extinction. <br />E. The United States of America has disproportionately contributed to the climate <br />emergency and has repeatedly obstructed global efforts to transition toward a green economy, and <br />thus bears an extraordinary responsibility to rapidly address these existential threats. <br />F. Prompt transition to sustainable economic practice is critical for providing ahealthy <br />biosphere and watersheds, and for sustaining ecosystems for human populations as well as for <br />Earth's other complexly interrelated species. <br />G. Marginalized populations in Eugene, Oregon and worldwide, including people of <br />color, immigrants, indigenous communities, low-income individuals, people with disabilities, and <br />the unhoused are disproportionately affected by climate change, and will continue to bear an excess <br />burden. <br />H. Addressing climate change fairly requires transitioning from fossil fuels to clean, <br />renewable energy that is ecologically sustainable and equitable for all people. <br />Resolution -- Page 1 of 2 <br />