Surrey Climate Commission launched today

Redhill Green Councillor Jonathan Essex spoke at the launch of the Surrey Climate Commission today, alongside some of the county’s leading climate experts.

Watch highlights from the launch on this short (three-minute) video

The Surrey Climate Commission brings together stakeholders from the public, private and NGO sectors, alongside Surrey residents, to aim to make Surrey a leader in climate action, both in cutting direct and indirect greenhouse emissions and making Surrey communities and businesses resilient to the impacts of climate change.

The Commission was launched by:

  • Professor Chris Rapley, Professor of Climate Science at UCL
  • Professor Richard Murphy, Director of the Centre for Environment & Sustainability at the University of Surrey
  • Joy Aloor, Head of Sustainability at Siemens
  • and others.

Professor Chris Rapley said: “Time is short if we are to limit climate turmoil. Transformative change is required throughout society across all sectors. The Surrey Climate Commission aims to stimulate and channel collective efforts to this end throughout our communities and organisations. The challenges are daunting, but the worst can be avoided if we and others worldwide act now with determination and urgency. We owe it to our children and all future generations to commit ourselves to make a positive difference”.

Jonathan Essex said, “Surrey is not yet dealing with climate change. We need leadership, a joined-up plan, and a huge shift in priorities and spending to meet the scale of this challenge. We must do this in ways that involve everyone, strengthen communities, and improve the quality of life for all. The Surrey Climate Commission aims to bring together a coalition of the willing to raise ambition and work together to make it happen.”

For more events, and ways to get involved in campaigning for the climate, see the What’s On page on the local Green Party website


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