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UPDATE: Which Surrey Councils Have Declared Climate Emergency?

which councils have declaredTo date (8 August 2019) Surrey County Council and 6 of Surrey’s 11 District Councils have declared Climate Emergencies.

These are Elmbridge, Epsom & Ewell, Guildford, Mole Valley, Reigate & Banstead, Woking.

Some are more meaningful than others;  we are offering our help.

Local Voices Matter – Contact Us For Help

Residents’ voices and votes matter most to District Councils.

If you live in a district yet to declare Climate Emergency, or even to debate a motion, contact us on contact@dorking-climate-emergency.net for advice on what to do.

Maybe we can put you in touch with other concerned residents too.

Surrey County Council

have declared though only pledging to make the county carbon neutral by 2050. They are setting up a Climate Commission, to report in January 2020. One of our members has been asked to join the Commission.

Elmbridge

Declared. They promise to make Elmbridge Borough Council carbon neutral by 2030 and have established a group to report to full Council within six months. https://www.elmbridge.gov.uk/news/climate-emergency/

Epsom & Ewell

Declared but vague. No mention of targets; Council will prepare an action plan within 6 months. https://epsom-ewell.gov.uk/news/council-agrees-climate-change-emergency-declaration

Guildford

Declared. They aim to reach a target goal of net zero emissions by 2030, working with partners towards a carbon-free borough and establishing a local Climate Change Partnership. They also agreed to go single-use plastic free. https://www.guildford.gov.uk/article/22942/Council-declares-Climate-Emergency-and-commits-to-plastic-free-borough

Mole Valley

Declared with a 2030 deadline for carbon neutrality and 6-monthly reporting of actions. http://www.molevalley.gov.uk/media/pdf/c/b/2)_Council_-_18_June.pdf

Reigate & Banstead

Declared with motion re the Council updating its carbon management plan.

Runnymede

Andrea Barardi has started a petition to be finished by April 2020. https://petitions.runnymede.gov.uk/ClimateEmergency/

Spelthorne

Nothing. They are very concerned about Heathrow expansion.

Surrey Heath

Nothing. Next Full Council meeting October.

Tandridge

Nothing. Their next Full Council meeting is October.

Waverley

Nothing. They prepared a 129 page document in 2011: ‘Climate change background evidence’ for their local development plan.

Woking

Declared. 80% reduction in carbon by 2050 + plastic-free commitment. https://www.woking.gov.uk/nature-and-sustainability/climate-change/how-were-tackling-climate-change

PROGRESS UPDATE – Summer 2019, Where We Are and What We’ve Done

Like a Swan!

Serene on the surface, addling like mad beneath.

Here’s what campaign members have been up to:

Mole Valley District Council (MVDC) declared a meaningful Climate Emergency with targets.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council declared a Climate Emergency

Tandridge District Council are purchasing 100% renewable electricity for their estate and operations- well done.  MVDC stated their intent to procure green energy.

Surrey County Council have just declared a target of net zero carbon by 2050. Campaign runningto engage with SCC to switch to green energy and ultimately declare a meaningful climate emergency and associated phased action plan

Campaign started to encourage at least 50% of the district/borough councils to declare climate emergency and switch to clean green energy

Surrey Climate Commission launched (DCE attended launch)

Published2-minute guide to climate change’ and Power of the Purse – Stroppy shopper.

Climate Café running.  Last was focused on our Biodiversity newsletter.
Next is ‘Get Drastic with Plastic’ on Saturday July 27th St Martin’s Christian RH4 1DW centre, 9am-noon.

Started family group – focusing on encouraging schools to become EcoSchools (www.eco-schools.org.uk)

Did 12 freedom of information requests to discover how councils procure their energy

Partnered with Dorking Solar Group (www.dorkingsolargroup.org) and South East Climate Alliance (seclimatealliance.uk).

Building a network of like-minded people to make practical real actions for a better planet.

Thank you everyone for your help and encouragement.

Dead Cockerels!

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We came up with this dead cockerel as a logo to use for our campaign – we hope it works and gives you a giggle.

You’re going to start seeing that poor fella all over. He’ll probably meet with a series of untimely demises due to our collective idiocy.

Time To Do Your Bit

We need your help! We have lots of little tasks that need doing (writing to MPs; visiting councillor surgeries; writing to supermarkets).  Every little offer of help welcomed. Training/guidance provided.

email: contact@dorking-climate-emergency.net or call: 01306 889278

Keep trying if you don’t hear straight back from us. We have jobs kids and busy lives just like everyone else.

EVENT – Dorking Climate Café 27th July. Theme: Get Drastic With Plastic.

climate cafe 27 july get drastic with plastic

Sat 27th July – 0900 to 1200 – St Martin’s Christian Centre Dorking.

Ready To Make a Difference? Join Us At Dorking Climate Emergency

Individual actions help but only collective action can address this situation. Joining together has more impact.

Please email us on contact@dorking-climate-emergency.net call 01306 889278 to find how you can help.

Thank you.

Photo credit https://www.pexels.com/photo/close-up-photo-of-plastic-bottle-2409022/ Thank you Sheila.

MAJOR NEWS – Surrey County Council Declares Climate Emergency

Surrey Declares Climate Emergency
Surrey County Council declares climate emergency.

A major campaign goal was achieved this week when Surrey County Council declared Climate Emergency.

We will now work to ensure the resolution is implemented in all Council decisions and is sufficiently strong to contribute to the necessary change.

More information:

https://drillordrop.com/2019/07/09/surrey-declares-climate-emergency-as-campaigners-stage-die-in/

https://www.getsurrey.co.uk/news/surrey-news/surrey-county-council-declares-climate-16556902

Ready To Make a Difference? Join Us At Dorking Climate Emergency

Individual actions help but only collective action can address this situation. Joining together has more impact.

Please email us on dorking.climate.emergency@gmail.com or call 01306 889278 to find how you can help.

Thank you.

NEWS – New York City Declares Climate Emergency

new york climate emergency

First US city with more than a million residents to do so.

https://edition.cnn.com/2019/06/27/us/new-york-city-declared-climate-emergency-trnd/index.html

https://patch.com/new-york/new-york-city/nyc-declares-climate-emergency-joining-international-movement

Ready To Make a Difference? Join Us At Dorking Climate Emergency

Individual actions help but only collective action can address this situation. Joining together has more impact.

Please email us on dorking.climate.emergency@gmail.com or call 01306 889278 to find how you can help.

Thank you.

EVENT SAT 29TH – CLIMATE CAFÉ WITH BIODOVERSITY FOCUS

nature is all we have

Tea cake, a chat and information.

St Martin’s Christian Centre, Dorking, Sat 29th June, 9AM to MIDDAY.

See you there.

Shareable Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2313657905574723/

Ready To Make a Difference? Join Us At Dorking Climate Emergency

Individual actions help but only collective action can address this situation. Joining together has more impact.

Please email us on dorking.climate.emergency@gmail.com or call 01306 889278 to find how you can help.

Thank you.

Mole Valley District Council Vote Unanimously To Declare Climate Emergency

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Photo © N Chadwick (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Tonight, 18th June 2019, an extraordinary
meeting of Mole Valley District Council, councillors voted UNANIMOUSLY to declare a meaningful Climate Emergency.

Thanks to all who responded to our urgent call-out and managed to attend the debate. And even more thanks to Claire Malcolmson and Clayton Wellman who presented the motion.

It reads:

Council therefore resolves to:

1. Declare a Climate Emergency.

2. Pledge to make Mole Valley District Council and its contractors carbon neutral by 2030, or earlier if possible, taking into account both production and consumption emissions.

3. Lobby Surrey County Council and the to provide resources that will make possible the 2030 target date set by scientists for total carbon neutrality.

4. Work cross-party within Mole Valley District Council, and with local businesses, land owners, community organisations and residents to make a positively beneficial impact on the environment and biodiversity in the District.

5. Place climate change on agendas to be discussed at appropriate committees – to build strategies and action plans with timescales.

6. Report actions undertaken to address this emergency to Council twice a year and inform Council of planned actions for the next period.

7. Use these actions to help create jobs and a stronger community, along with increased wellbeing and a sustainable future.

An amendment to change the date of carbon neutrality to 2050 was defeated and Councillors emphasised the need for individual action and a robust and forward-looking approach.

We await developments with great interest and look to Surrey County Council and the 9 remaining local & district Councils to do likewise.