Oftentimes, the first step a community will take toward joining the SAFE Cities movement is passing a resolution that declares their intention to phase out fossil fuels and fast track clean energy.
There are many ways for a community to start their journey toward phasing out fossil fuels. One of the simplest and most common is to pass a non-binding resolution declares a community’s intention to oppose fossil fuels expansion. This is frequently in the form of a climate emergency and can include community specific goals or endorsements for larger initiatives like a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Other, more advanced, options include Climate Action Plans that commit a community to exploring specific policy options, such as blocking new major fossil fuel infrastructure, electrifying buildings, or sourcing their energy from renewable sources.
However you go about it, a resolution is oftentimes the best way to join the SAFE Cities movement by allowing political leaders to ease their way into supporting policies that will transform and improve your community. Once passed, a resolution or Climate Action Plan can be referred back to and used as leverage to ensure your community continues along the path toward a fossil free future.