Petition to: declare an Environment and Climate Emergency, ensure all current and future policies are consistent with averting further climate change and ecological collapse, and put in place a plan to reduce carbon emissions in the Borough to net zero by 2030.

This petition is now closed, as its deadline has passed.

We the undersigned petition Runnymede Borough Council to declare an Environment and Climate Emergency, ensure all current and future policies are consistent with averting further climate change and ecological collapse, and put in place a plan to reduce carbon emissions in the Borough to net zero by 2030. More details

Petition update from the council, 05 May 2020

Dear Petitioner and signatories. You are receiving this response to the petition you signed which finished on 23 April 2020. Under our petitions scheme we respond to the petition depending on the number of people who signed it and our scheme requires us to email everyone who signed it electronically. This petition attracted 55 confirmed and a further 8 unconfirmed signatures, so is being responded to as we would normal correspondence. The Council's Corporate Head of Environmental Services advises that it is unlikely that RBC will declare a climate emergency nor will we sign up to be carbon neutral by 2030. Last week Surrey County Council published and passed the Surrey Climate Change Strategy which all Surrey Local Authorities have contributed to and are working to. This strategy commits us all to becoming net zero carbon by 2050 in line with national ambitions, although in a number of areas there are interim targets of 2035.

He adds that it is likely that when we have the Committee system back up the Surrey Strategy as is, will go to the Environment and Sustainability Committee for discussion and formal adoption by Runnymede Borough Council.


Further information

A copy of the Surrey Climate Change Strategy will be made available on our website if it is considered by the Environment and Sustainability Committee at a later date.

More details from petition creator

The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned that we have just 11 years left to prevent 1.5 degrees warming; warming beyond 1.5 degrees represents a threat to the future of humanity, and even warming limited to that level will wreak havoc upon the livelihoods of countless people across the world. The solutions to the climate crisis are widely available including planting and retaining trees, renewable energy provision, sustainable transport options and zero-carbon buildings. We call upon Runnymede Borough Council to join with more than 40 other local authorities in recognition that this is an emergency and should be addressed in line with the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. All governments (national, regional and local) have a duty to limit the scale and impacts of Climate Change and this will require collaboration at all levels; individual residents, local groups and businesses, and the council. Runnymede Borough Council should do all within its power and influence to take rapid action now.

Current signatories

Andrea Berardi, the petition creator, joined by:

  • Clare Matheson
  • Tina Dallman
  • Jayalaxshmi Mistry
  • Martin Pyne
  • Robert Buick
  • Ben Niblett
  • Lorraine Saligoi
  • Richard Miller
  • David Leddy
  • Michael Brierley
  • John Walsh
  • Dr Joe Parker
  • Vicki Balaam
  • Manu Berardi
  • Leah Robson
  • Louise McGarr
  • Elizabeth Walters
  • John Walters
  • Dean Smith
  • Rosemary Dodd
  • sarah dodd
  • John Hocking
  • Rebecca Swain
  • Paul Conway
  • Lee Maitland
  • Rachel Grummett
  • Megan
  • Cosmo Cattell
  • Clement Jones
  • Tim Senanayake
  • Hilary Davies
  • Chris Gray
  • Sian Minio
  • Rima
  • Helen sore
  • Elizabeth Schafer
  • Charley wyles
  • Ben Niblett
  • Amanda Bowbanks
  • Joanna Starr
  • Rachel upcott
  • Susan Naudi
  • Will Bissett
  • Sue Gray
  • Penelope Smith
  • Robert Fitzgerald
  • Keith Malcouronne
  • Sandra C Faccini
  • Petra Hudson
  • DEBORAH KIDD
  • George Hobbs
  • Jenny Phillips
  • Simon Fraser
  • Mavis Frost
  • Emma Cox