What's Going On Here?
Last weekend, the first of four ‘citizens’ assemblies’ on climate change was hosted in Birmingham.
What does this mean?
What is a Citizens' Assembly?
The assembly is made up of 110 ‘ordinary’ citizens selected to represent a broad spectrum of UK society. With diverse ages, ethnicities, geographies and views regarding the climate emergency, the assembly will offer their opinion on the best way for the UK to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This is the first national citizens’ assembly for the UK, although the concept has been employed in other local government issues and in other countries worldwide.
What will actually be happening in these assemblies?
Each assembly involves talks and presentations from leading experts on how climate change, and climate action, will impact policy and the running of the UK now and in the future. The first assembly featured a welcoming presentation from the beloved Sir Davey A - so expect the line-up to include the ‘creme de la creme’ of environmental experts!
Following this, members are encouraged to ask anything they wish before debating and then the assembly’s conclusions will be written up into a report that is then presented to the ‘decision-makers’.