Kingston Council to debate declaring a climate emergency

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Time for Kingston Council to declare a Climate Emergency? Our Council could perhaps be persuaded if enough of us contacted our ward councillors to ask them to support declaring a climate emergency - visit them, email them, or write them a letter in the next 3 weeks - as the Council will debate declaring a climate emergency on 24 April - https://www.surreycomet.co.uk/news/17521155.kingston-council-will-debate-joining-dozens-of-other-uk-councils-in-declaring-climate-emergency-in-challenge-to-leader-liz-green/

Or you could sign the XR petition to Kingston Council at https://moderngov.kingston.gov.uk/mgEPetitionDisplay.aspx?id=51&fbclid=IwAR3HgA1r6MpRq5TiRDj_R7FGVqgRXSiVE3uqIVHEr3ztsfBgHy19oQYntIc 

Some of the arguments you could use:
- There are only 12 years left in which to prevent catastrophic climate change -https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-45775309
- Councils all over the world are declaring a Climate Emergency - 
https://climateemergencydeclaration.org/climate-emergency-d…
https://inews.co.uk/…/climate-emergency-declaration-council… 
https://www.theguardian.com/…/youth-climate-change-strikers…
- Climate Emergency Declarations entail a commitment to take action locally, and also send a strong signal to Government that it must do more to implement the Paris Agreement.

Writing to MPS and councillors – general advice 
- Be polite and use evidence where possible
- Use your own words and arguments – politicians respond better to personal communications than to standard letters, post-cards or petitions, and will usually assume that yours is the tip of an iceberg, that there are many other voters who agree with you.
- Ask a question or two that they will be obliged to answer and perhaps to research (e g, by contacting the relevant government Minister).
- Type in your postcode on this website https://www.writetothem.com/ to find contact details for your ward councillors, your London Assembly members, your MP, and your MEPs. 
- If you're feeling energetic, you could write to your MP too.