Kingston Council to debate a Climate Emergency Declaration - update
Update on this: a Climate Emergency Declaration was on the full Council agenda on 24 April, but not for discussion or decision. It will be discussed at monthly Environment and Sustainable Transport Committee meetings and brought back to full Council in July 2019, when there should be a decision.
So there is time before then to contact your ward councillors and sign TTK's open letter at http://chng.it/ygkxXXsd7p to Cllr Hilary Gander and her colleagues on Kingston Council, welcoming her proposal that Kingston join other UK councils in declaring a climate emergency.
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 -
- 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.