On the morning of Tuesday 9th July members of Guildford, Dorking, Godalming, Farnham, Sutton and Kingston flocked to Surrey County Council’s hall for a full council meeting. We staged a woodland-themed die-in outside of the entrance, in a striking visual protest complete with a model oil rig and power station. Young XR members and Youth Strikers gave letters to councillors as they entered.
We were then warmly welcomed to the public gallery, where we sat and applauded as councillors spoke in favour of a motion to Declare a Climate Emergency, many highlighting the need for swift and robust action. The motion was voted through nearly unanimously, with only one abstention, and no opposition. You can read Drill Or Drop’s report on the action here. The action and Declaration were also reported on by Get Surrey, Surrey Advertiser, Dorking Advertiser, Sutton & Croydon Guardian and County Border News.
We followed our protest at the Council Hall with a march through Kingston centre, which you can view a clip of here.
Passers-by were stunned but many took leaflets and videos – we’re sure the many fabulous banners, flags and masks caught their eye, and the brilliant drummers certainly meant they certainly knew we were coming!