Four chances to have your say

Several consultations open now give you a chance to have your say on important local issues.

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General election 2019: local Greens make small gains

We woke up this morning to a depressing result. We face another five years of Conservative rule, with dire consequences for our communities, our NHS and our climate.

Our two candidates, Jonathan Essex and Joseph Booton, gained on our 2017 results. In Reigate, Jonathan got 3,169 votes, 6% of the total, and in East Surrey, Joseph got 2,340, or 3.9%, double the vote share from 2017. They both did great work raising awareness of the Green Party’s agenda.

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Hustings in East Surrey constituency

Four public hustings give you a chance to hear from all the candidates seeking your vote in the general election.

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You’re invited: Fundraiser for anti-oil-drilling campaign

The Weald Action Group is holding a night of awesome music to raise funds for a legal fight against the expansion of oil drilling at Horse Hill.

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Meet our general election candidates

We are pleased to introduce our candidates for the General Election on 12 December 2019.

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Redhill Green launches Crowdfunder for oil drilling legal challenge

Sarah Finch speaking at a Climate Emergency protest at Horse Hill

A Green campaigner has launched a Crowdfunder appeal to raise funds for a judicial review of Surrey County Council’s decision to allow massive expansion of oil drilling at Horse Hill in Surrey.

Sarah Finch, a former Green Party Councillor on Reigate and Banstead Council, is looking to raise £25,000 to cover legal costs.

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Alex Phillips MEP to visit Redhill on 25 September 2019

Green MEP, Alex Phillips is visiting Redhill on 25 October 2019.

Alex is touring her constituency promoting her new Green New Deal report, which sets out how we can go zero carbon and create more local jobs.

On the way, she’s meeting with local Green enterprises, learning about what initiatives are out there and what we do to implement a Green New Deal.

She’ll be in Redhill from 2-5pm on Friday. Contact us if you’d like to meet her, or if your organisation would like her to visit: info@eastsurreygp.org: info@eastsurreygp.org

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Incentives needed to reduce waste and reuse and recycle more

“Should residents be offered incentives to recycle?” is the question the Surrey Mirror put to local councillors this week.  Ruth Ritter, Green Councillor for Earlswood & Whitebushes, responded as follows.

Ruth RitterRecycling is vitally important for conserving the environment and reducing waste. Incentives to recycle for both individual residents and for businesses could well help us to improve our recycling rates but there also need to be incentives for councils to make it easier for us to reduce, reuse AND recycle.

Recycling helps reduce the need for mining, quarrying and logging for new raw materials, which are all activities that harshly pollute the air and water of our planet. They also use energy and generate greenhouse gases, but recycling only saves about half to one third of the energy used to make new stuff.

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Horse Hill: Our Next Steps – public meeting

Surrey County Council has approved plans for four more oil wells and 25 years of oil drilling at Horse Hill, near Horley, in East Surrey.

This would mean a total seven wells (one for water reinjection) – and flies in the face of both Surrey County Council’s and the country’s climate commitments. We need to make a rapid transition away from fossil fuels – not drill for new, hard-to-extract oil. Read More »

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There is no bomb that makes you safer

CND activist, Green MP and anti-nuclear campaigner Caroline Lucas has urged CND members to build broader alliances, including working with other movements, for example Extinction Rebellion, to draw attention to the way both nuclear weapons and the climate crisis pose existential threats to our future.

Speaking at an event hosted by Reigate & Redhill Peace Group on September 12th as part of CND’s Global Dangers tour, Caroline made the point that Trident will be redundant before it is even delivered. “That’s £200 billion wasted on an inhumane, useless – and hopefully soon to be illegal – weapon of mass destruction that is no use whatsoever against today’s threats,” she said. The threats facing us include cybercrime and the greatest threat, climate crisis, which will lead to flooding, increased migration and food shortages all of which raise the risks of war.

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