Responding to a call from its environment committee, Surrey has declared a Climate Emergency in this city.
On Sept. 25, Surrey’s Environmental Sustainability Advisory Committee recommended that Surrey “declare climate change as an emergency and direct staff to review the City’s climate change targets…”
On Monday night, Surrey council did just that unanimously.
Surrey has already created, and won awards for, its Coastal Flood Adaptation Strategy, it’s Biofuel Facility (where food waste is turned into fuel), among other initiatives.
Now city staff are looking forward to the next 10 years, in the face of imminent climate change globally.
Key among the targets of attention is green house gases (GHGs).
Surrey is looking to cut those by 33 per cent by next year and by 80 per cent by 2050.
At the same time, Surrey is looking to obtain funding from senior levels of government to help make that happen.
Surrey joins about a dozen BC municipalities in declaring a climate change emergency.