Climate change is, alongside the biodiversity crisis, the main focus of Guildford Environmental Forum’s activity.
Unfortunately, in Guildford, we have made little progress on reducing emissions, when we need to cut them as quickly as possible if we are to help prevent the average global temperature from rising more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels. This aim is in line with the UK’s signature of the 2015 Paris Agreement at the national level, and more locally, with Guildford Borough Council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency in July 2019, requiring urgent action to tackle climate change.
In light of this, members of GEF’s Climate Change Group provide advice and support on climate issues to Guildford Borough Council through meetings of its Climate Change and Innovation Board, as well as responding to consultations on policy documents like the council’s climate change strategy.
And our Climate Change Group member, Henrietta Stock, with support from other members, has been taking presentations on the climate emergency and what we can do about it to parish councils and community and residents’ associations across Guildford and the surrounding areas. The further talks that had been planned have unfortunately been put on hold for now due to COVID-19.
GEF are also collaborating with the University of Surrey to engage Guildford residents in changing behaviours to reduce emissions, beginning a research project alongside Henrietta’s presentations which will hopefully be only the first part of a greater effort by the University to reach out to residents to improve the sustainability of Guildford.
If you would like more information or to get involved in our activities around the climate emergency, please contact us. We have also produced a list of tips to make your life greener and more climate friendly.