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Surrey may be next municipality to declare climate emergency

Last Updated Nov 2, 2019 at 1:20 pm PDT

Force of Nature and Surrey For Future join together to gather locals from Surrey to ask council members to declare and commit to reduce gas emissions. SOURCE: Force of Nature/ Facebook

Climate advocates will be meeting at Surrey City Hall asking council to make the declaration to reduce gas emissions

Advocated call for the city to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

The meeting will take place Monday at city hall

SURREY (NEWS 1130) – Surrey may soon join several other Lower Mainland municipalities in declaring a climate emergency.

On Monday, city council will hear a report suggesting the city achieve net zero green house gas emissions by 2050.

Allison Richardson is with the environmental group, Surrey for Future, and says it’s time for the city to make climate change a key priority.

“As a rapidly growing city, we have more of an opportunity to make changes that will have an impact on green hour gas levels that our region is emitting,” Richardson says.

Council will receive a report on global warming on Monday, which calls for the city to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

The changes are in reference to research from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Special Report on Global Warming.

“This report calls for greenhouse gas emissions to be reduced by 45% below 2010 levels by 2030, 65% by 2040 and to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050,” Surrey for Future says.

“It’s not good enough to just have a goal of carbon neutral or net zero by 2050, so many things need to flip over to zero emissions,” Richardson says.

Surrey City Council will decide whether or not to adopt the target and declare a climate emergency.