Climate emergency! Three important events

Climate change is the biggest issue of our time. The scientists’ warnings are getting louder. And the government has taken the first step by setting the long-term target of ending our contribution to climate change. But they need to work faster, and slash our emissions in the short-term to avert the worst impacts.

All of us need to face up to the urgency of the situation and do everything we can to turn things around.

We are acting on lots of fronts. We’ve tabled motions on climate at Reigate & Banstead Council and Surrey County Councils. We support grassroots campaigns and the school strikers. And we have also been working with industry, academia and others to set up a Surrey Climate Commission.

This month there are three exciting events – please come if you can.

Extinction Rebellion: Local launch event Friday 21 June

Public concern about the climate has soared to record levels in the UK – largely thanks to the work of Extinction Rebellion, as well as Swedish activist Greta Thunberg.

Extinction Rebellion’s high-profile, peaceful protests have “pierced the bubble of denial“, according to the Guardian, “It has been the small child brave enough to step forward, pointing at the naked king, stating the reality: that all life on Earth is under threat, even the families of journalists and MPs, and only a mass mobilisation of people across the world will force our deluded leaders to act.” 

Extinction Rebellion is spreading across the country – and a local group will launch here on Friday 21 June.

Come along to hear local people talk about their experiences within XR, find out about their plans, and to see if you’d like to get involved.

Activists are already working with groups across Surrey to campaign against the council pension fund’s investment in fossil fuel industries, and the ongoing oil drilling at Horse Hill in Horley. We want Surrey County Council to face up to the Climate Emergency, and take action now!

Join the Facebook event – or just come along.

Launch of the Surrey Climate Commission: Thursday 20 June

As an affluent region with a developed economy, Surrey can and should be a leader in the UK and worldwide in responding to the urgent challenge of climate change, showing what can be done to reduce climate-related risks and enhance security and well-being.

Local Greens have been working with others to form the Surrey Climate Commission, which will bring together the business community, academia and public and third sector bodies to work together to make the transition to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

Come and network with others working on this vital issue, and hear from speakers including Redhill Green Councillor Jonathan Essex.

It’s at the Living Planet Centre in Woking, at 5.30pm on Thursday 20 June. If you’re travelling from Redhill, we recommend catching the 4.14 train and changing at Guildford, to arr 4.59pm. The venue is a five-minute walk from the station.

Find out more and book your place


The Time is Now: Mass lobby on climate change, Thursday 26 June

Thousands of people will come together to meet our MPs in person and demand action on climate change and ambitious laws that create a healthier environment for nature and people. The Mass Lobby is coordinated by the Climate Coalition and supported by a huge range of environmental organisations and faith groups. A number of local Greens are going – we’ll add details of the train we’re catching once we’ve got organised, so we can travel together.

Find out more and register

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