Climate Assembly UK to meet for first time

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
At this first meeting, assembly members will discuss the principles they believe should drive climate change strategy

Climate Assembly UK, a citizens’ assembly tasked with thinking through how the UK can achieve net zero emissions by 2050, will meet for the first time this weekend.

Over four weekends between January and March, the assembly’s members will gather in Birmingham to listen to a wide range of views and evidence on climate-related issues such as how we travel, what we buy, and how we heat our homes.

The conclusions they reach will be presented in a report to parliament in April, to shape ongoing policy.

This first weekend, assembly members will discuss the principles they believe should drive the UK’s climate change strategy.

Presentations to the assembly will be live-streamed at https://www.climateassembly.uk/ and key documents will be published.

The assembly’s members were selected to reflect the make-up of the UK population via a process called sortition.

The 110 members represent a range of ages, ethnicities, and educational backgrounds, as well as a variety of attitudes towards climate change.

They were selected from the 1,500 citizens who responded to the 30,000 invitations to participate that parliament sent out to randomly chosen UK households in November 2019.

The Right Honourable Sir Lindsay Hoyle, speaker of the House of Commons, said: “Concern about climate change is as high as ever, and it’s clear we all need to play our part to achieve the net zero emissions target that was passed into UK law by parliament last year.

“This is why I welcome the work of Climate Assembly UK, a great example of parliamentarians engaging with the public to help influence their work and proposals for action.

“I am very grateful to all the assembly members for their time. I look forward to hearing the outcome of their discussions – and to chairing House of Commons debates on a topic that is so relevant to us all.”

Climate Assembly UK was commissioned last June by six cross-party parliamentary committees, just days after the government committed to net zero emissions by 2050.


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