Surrey County Council To Debate Climate Emergency Motion 19th March

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What’s Happening?

Councillor Jonathan Essex presented a motion of Climate Emergency to Surrey County Council on Friday 8th March 2019 and it will be debated on 19th March (full agenda, see item 8).

Briefly, he wants SCC to commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2030. The full text of the submitted motion is below.

How You Can Help & What To Do Now

It’s most important you email or write to your Country Councillor expressing your support for the motion and explaining why.

A really fast way to email your councillor is to use he website. All you need to know is your home postcode.

Wherever you live in Surrey, please email your councillor. Also also please send a copy to the Chairman Tony Samuels: and to Vice-Chair Helyn Clack, who is also our local Councillor for Dorking Rural:

This is easy and every response matters!

Just scroll down for a sample letter/email and full copy of the motion.

Sample Letter or Email to Support the Motion of Climate Emergency


A motion requesting that Surrey County Council declare a Climate Emergency goes before you on 19th March.

I would like you to know that I fully support this motion because FILL IN YOUR REASONS HERE – YOUR OWN WORDS ARE FAR AND AWAY BEST.

Can you please inform me of how you will vote on this matter? Can I help at all?

Thank you.

Yours sincerely,


Full Text of the Motion

Full Council notes:

  1. Surrey County Council has already shown foresight and leadership when it comes to addressing the issue of Climate Breakdown, having established updated its sustainability policy in 2016. Now is a good time to build on these foundations.
  2. Surrey is already suffering increased flood risk and has significant carbon emissions across the county. However, our residents cannot be expected to make this reduction on their own. Society needs to change its laws, taxation, infrastructure, etc., to make low carbon living easier and the new norm. Surrey should follow other Councils around the world responding by declaring a ‘Climate Emergency’ and committing resources to address this;
  3. Humans have already caused irreversible climate change, the impacts of which are being felt around the world. Global temperatures have already increased by 1 degree Celsius from pre-industrial levels. The IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, published in October 2018, set out that limiting Global Warming to 1.5°C to limit the risk of dangerous climate change may still be possible with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, indigenous peoples and local communities. However, the world is on track to overshoot this;

Full Council believes that:

  1. Surrey County Council and all governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the negative impacts of Climate Breakdown, and local governments that recognise this should not wait for their national governments to change their policies. It is important for the residents of Surrey commit to carbon neutrality as quickly as possible. Bold climate action can deliver economic benefits to Surrey in terms of valuable new jobs, essential economic savings and much needed market opportunities (as well as improved well-being for people worldwide).

Full Council to:

  1. Declare a ‘Climate Emergency’;
  2. Pledge to make the Surrey carbon neutral by 2030, and strive to work with Surrey’s borough and district Councils in taking a leadership role, taking into account both production and consumption emissions;
  3. Call on the Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;
  4. Report to Full Council within six months with the actions the Council will take to address this.

For more detail about the Dorking Climate Emergency group, please go to their web site