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We the undersigned petition Woking Borough Council to DECLARE A CLIMATE AND ECOLOGICAL EMERGENCY. More details

Petition update from the council, 15 August 2019

Thank you for your support for the petition seeking the Council to declare a climate change emergency. The matter of climate change was debated by Council at its meeting on 25 July 2019, at which it was agreed to formally declare a climate emergency. The formal resolutions are set out below. Full details can be found on the Council’s website, including a webcast of the meeting. Climate Change was debated under item 10 – Statement by the Portfolio Holder for the Environment and under item 16 Notices of Motion. A link to the website is set out below:

The Council resolved that:

(i) the Council’s Woking 2050 and Natural Woking Strategies recognise that there is a Climate and Ecological Emergency and that the Council formally declares a Climate Emergency; and

(ii) as requested by the Leader of the Council, the Climate Change Working Group be requested to bring forward proposals to accelerate the delivery of the Woking 2050 and Natural Woking Strategies.

The Council further resolved that:

(ii) this Council recognises that:

- The consequences of global temperatures rising above 1.5 degree Celsius are so severe that preventing this from happening must be humanity’s number one priority.

- That the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states that limiting global warming to 1.5°C may still be possible, but only with ambitious action from national and sub-national authorities, civil society, the private sector, and local communities;

- All governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the negative impacts of an increasingly erratic climate and biodiversity loss. Local authorities that recognise this should not wait for the national government to change its policies;

- Woking Borough Council has a good history on environmental issues and has already begun to assess a realistic timescale to make the Council carbon neutral.

(iii) Council therefore resolves to:

- Declare a Climate Emergency;

- Pledge to make Woking Borough Council, its wholly-owned companies and contractors carbon neutral by 2030;

- Call on the Government to provide the powers and resources to make the 2030 target possible;

- Ask the Climate Change Working Group to oversee a plan to deliver the 2030 target and report to Full Council in 6 months on immediate and longer term actions to be taken.

More details from petition creator

Climate change is a fact. The adverse effects of global heating affect everyone, everywhere. The ice caps are melting, extreme weather events are increasing and our biosphere is in the throes of a mass extinction. The IPCC Special Report on Global Warming, published in October 2018, states we have just 12 years to act to prevent catastrophe. We call for an urgent review of the outdated strategy "Woking 2050, A Vision for a Sustainable Borough" Woking Council must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Borough to net zero by 2030, or sooner.

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Mrs Marion Malcher, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Andrew Malcher
  • Matthew Malcher
  • Freya Malcher
  • Fiona Syrett
  • Ashley Tan
  • Christine Murphy
  • Carole Gale
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  • Danny Clarke
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  • Judith Addy
  • Anna Wright
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  • Will Forster
  • Jo Avey
  • Ann-Marie Barker
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  • Jacqueline Phillips
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  • Rebecca White
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