What the climate assembly is

The climate assembly has brought together a representative group of the Brighton & Hove population to shape how we combat climate change over the next decade.

It is designed and facilitated by Ipsos MORI, which is independent of us. They are experienced in delivering deliberative engagement processes like citizens' assemblies.

When it will take place

Following advice from the UK government in managing Coronavirus (COVID-19) and to protect the health and wellbeing of all the participants, we've decided to hold the climate assembly online.

The climate assembly is taking place over 5 sessions. Read about the first 3 climate assembly meetings and watch the presentations.

The next sessions are:

  • Thursday 5 November, 6pm to 9pm
  • Saturday 7 November, 10am to 1pm

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the shaping of the climate assembly so far and for your support during this difficult time.

How it works

Brighton & Hove’s climate assembly brings together a randomly selected group of people to learn about climate issues, discuss them with one another, and make recommendations about what should happen and how things should change.

Around 50 residents are taking part. They have been selected at random to be members of the climate assembly.

The recruitment process was carried out by the Sortition Foundation. This organisation has expertise in ensuring that a cross-section of the population is represented on citizen assemblies.

What it will be about

The climate assembly will be looking at transport as it is one of the city’s biggest sources of carbon emissions. The sessions will focus on the question: How can we step up actions to reduce transport-related emissions in the city?

Over the 5 sessions the climate assembly members will hear evidence, deliberate and develop recommendations for actions the council and wider city can take to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Sessions include presentations and workshops. The residents on the assembly will have the opportunity to hear from engaging expert speakers and discuss the issues involved with facilitators, who will make sure everyone has their voice heard.

The first session provided an introduction to transport in the city and how the council is proposing to reduce carbon emissions by 2030. It asked participants about the biggest climate change challenges for them.

Climate assembly advisory board

An independent advisory board of 15 volunteer experts and activists is supporting the climate assembly. Together with the council they will ensure there is a diverse selection of speakers to present information to the assembly. These will include policy experts, campaigners and local stakeholders.

The council will have the final decision on suggestions and recommendations made by the advisory board.

Youth climate assembly

Young people in the city are setting up a youth climate assembly for people aged 13 to 19 (up to 25 with SEND (special educational needs and disability) and care leavers) to mirror the main climate assembly on transport.

They would like others to join them and make their voices heard. 

Find out how to get involved in the youth climate assembly.

Getting involved with the work of the climate assembly

Everyone will have the opportunity to contribute views, suggestions and actions on how to make the city carbon neutral by 2030 even if they are not on the assembly or giving evidence to it.

Take part in the conversation on our ‘Let’s talk climate change’ online space.

In the coming days and weeks, you’ll be able to comment on the presentations and materials the climate assembly will be discussing. 

You can also send an email to carbon2030@brighton-hove.gov.uk or write to Carbon2030, Hove Town Hall, Room 166, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ.

Recommendations from the climate assembly will be used as part of wider public conversations, consultations and engagement on city strategies such as the Local Transport Plan.

The report from the Climate Assembly will be presented to the council in early 2021. It will be used to inform our carbon neutral programme and our approach on how to make transport work for everyone in the city, reduce carbon emissions and address the climate emergency.

More information

Ipsos MORI recently conducted a citizens’ assembly on climate change in Oxford.

The UK government’s Climate Assembly UK met in Spring 2020.

Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly discussed transport last autumn.

Camden Council held a citizens’ assembly on the climate crisis last year.

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Transport and energy account for

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of our carbon emissions