Young people’s action on climate
The amazing mobilisation and enthusiasm we've seen during the many climate youth strikes in Brighton & Hove have shown that young people are a great force in pushing for change and coming up with creative ideas to combat climate change and the loss of biodiversity.
Young people have formed a youth citizen assembly to advise Brighton & Hove City Council on concrete actions to take on important issues like air pollution.
The youth climate assembly met online using Zoom between September and December 2020. Twenty-four young people, aged 12 to 25 took part. All came from schools, colleges and universities in Brighton & Hove.
They were joined by some adult guests who were experts or had a particular interest in environmental issues, especially transport and the council’s pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030. They focused on transport which was the theme of Brighton & Hove’s main climate assembly.
Contributors included councillors, members of the council’s transport team, teachers, the head of Brighton & Hove Bus Company, community groups and Sussex Wildlife Trust.
They discussed videos from other experts – some local, some from other areas in the country – that were also shown to the climate assembly.
Brighton & Hove’s youth climate assembly will publish its findings on transport in January.
Brighton & Hove’s climate assembly
Did you know that we held a climate assembly in Brighton & Hove in the autumn of 2020? This virtual gathering of citizens from the city - 50 people chosen to represent the full, beautiful diversity of our communities - took on the exciting challenge of coming up with ideas and actions to combat and lessen the impact of climate change. This will help to meet the council’s target of being carbon neutral by 2030.
We were really excited that 16 to 18 year olds were included in this assembly, as well as a youth speaker.
The primary focus of the climate assembly was on transport. The council will use its recommendations in 2021 to decide how to make transport work for everyone in the city, reduce carbon emissions and address the climate emergency.
Youth climate assembly
We are a group of young people that created a youth climate assembly for ages 12 to 19 (up to 25 with SEND (special educational needs and disabilities) and care leavers) to mirror the main assembly on transport.
The youth climate assembly has been a great opportunity to critically and creatively reflect on the information given to us by experts in transport, urban planning and active travel among others to help us come up with local solutions for the future of Brighton & Hove.
We believe our citizens' assembly, set up by young people, could be the first in the UK. It is a unique opportunity for young people to be at the cutting edge of influencing the decisions being made locally about climate change.
A successful introductory session took place online using Zoom on 24 September.