Surrey county council declares climate emergency

10th July 2019

Yesterday, Extinction Rebellion groups from Guildford, Reigate & Redhill, Godalming, Dorking , and Farnham were at the Surrey County Council meeting to demand the council declare a climate emergency and enact policy to mitigate the climate & ecological crisis. 

Around 80 activists staged a die-in outside Surrey County Hall, before packing the council chamber to hear SCC declare a climate emergency. Though a vote on declaring had not been on the agenda, the council admitted XR's actions had pushed the climate crisis up the agenda and forced a vote. 

Extinction Rebellion groups from Surrey march through Kingston after Surrey County Council declare a climate emergency and state intention for Surrey to become carbon neutral by 2050, which is too slow to save the lives of millions of people in the global south from climate breakdown

This is a welcome start. But we must now see immediate action in tackling climate breakdown. For SCC this includes:

 - divestment of pension funds from fossil fuel companies

 - an outright ban on oil & gas drilling in Surrey

 - strong and determined opposition to expansion of Heathrow & Gatwick

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