Parliament invites 30,000 to participate in Climate Assembly UK

Written by: Maddie Ballard | Published:
Key topics for discussion will include how people travel, what they buy and household energy use

Parliament will this week invite citizens to join Climate Assembly UK to discuss how the UK will reach its zero emissions climate target.

From 6 November, 30,000 randomly selected addresses across the UK will receive letters of invitation to participate in the assembly, which was commissioned by six cross-party House of Commons select committees.

A representative sample of the population will be chosen from those who respond to the invitation, with 110 people ultimately taking part.

The assembly was launched before the dissolution of Parliament to ensure that its report is available to the new Parliament as it begins its work.

It will run over four weekends early next year and key topics for discussion will include how people travel, what they buy, and household energy use.

The outcomes of discussion will be presented to the six select committees, who will then work on implementing recommendations.

The citizens’ report will also be debated in the House of Commons.

In June this year, the UK became the world’s first major economy to adopt a target of reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Rachel Reeves, chair of the business, energy, and industry strategy select committee, said: “Adopting the net zero target was a major milestone for the UK, reflecting the strong cross-party support for action on climate change. We now need to set out a clear roadmap for the actions to achieve net zero.

“Finding solutions which are equitable and have public support will be crucial. Parliament needs to work with the people and with government to address the challenge of climate change.

“The Climate Assembly UK will advise Parliament on how people want us to meet the net zero target and suggest policies that the government can implement to secure success.”

Citizens’ assemblies bring together people from all parts of society to discuss key important issues. They have been used all around the world, including in the UK, to aid the work of governments.

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