Last night (24 November), Surrey County Council Leader, Tim Oliver, and Cabinet Member for the Environment, Marisa Heath, launched Surrey’s Climate Change Delivery Plan at the Surrey Hills AONB Climate Change and Biodiversity Symposium, following the plan’s approval by Cabinet last month.
The event, hosted at the University of Surrey, was chaired by Radio 4 and BBC Broadcaster Jim Al Khalili and featured keynote speaker Tony Juniper, Chair of Natural England.
During the event, Tim Oliver spoke about the need to take action on climate change and Surrey’s commitment to be net zero carbon as an organisation by 2030 and as a county by 2050.
Tim Oliver said, “Climate Change is the topic of our generation and it’s essential we take action to protect the environment for future generations in Surrey.”
Marisa Heath, who was also on the panel debate, spoke about the recently published Climate Change Delivery Plan and the need to work closely with partners and other organisations to achieve the goals.
Marisa Heath said, “It was an honour to be involved in the Symposium and be able to launch our Delivery Plan at the event. There were some really insightful questions from the audience and it was great to see so many people inspired to be involved and join us in tackling climate change together.”
Throughout the afternoon and evening, a number of talks and workshop were held to discuss creative solutions to our climate and biodiversity crisis.
The evening event, which was also live-streamed online, included a panel debate with national and regional experts on the impact of climate change. There was also an opportunity for the audience, both in person and online, to put questions to the panel. During the event, Surrey County Council showed a video on their Climate Change Delivery Plan (see above). You can also watch it here.