Climate assembly invitations
Over the next two weeks a randomly chosen selection of 10,600 residents in Brighton & Hove will receive an invitation to take part in the city's first ever climate assembly.
From those that accept, the sample will be broken down to ensure the final number of around 50 represent the diversity of the city and are from across the geographical area.
If you get one of these, please respond for your unique chance to help shape the actions needed to tackle the climate crisis.
Due to safety precautions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the assembly sessions will be held online over five sessions from September to November.
Residents on the assembly will have the opportunity to meet virtually with individuals from all walks of life, hear from engaging expert speakers, and discuss issues in small groups, with facilitators to make sure everyone has their voice heard.
Transport will be the first subject to be considered as it accounts for almost exactly one third of the city’s carbon emissions.
Ipsos MORI have been designing the sessions and will deliver the climate assembly, working in partnership with the Sortition Foundation to recruit people to take part.
You don’t need any prior knowledge to be a member of the climate assembly, all that is required is a willingness to listen to the information and share opinions.
Co-chair of the Carbon Neutral 2030 working group councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty said: "We have been clear that as a council we wish to work with all partners to resolve some of our city's biggest challenges.
"The city's first climate assembly presents a great opportunity for us to work together on how we reach our target of carbon neutrality by 2030.
“We want to hear from residents from as many different communities in the city as we can - so I would encourage all those who receive an invitation to apply.
"It’s an opportunity to have your voice heard and be part of shaping the actions needed to address the climate crisis.”
Co-chair of the Carbon Neutral 2030 working group, councillor Nancy Platts, said: “We can all see from the changing weather patterns that the climate crisis is happening.
"We need to move quickly but we need everyone to sign up to the actions needed. Our Climate Assembly is designed to involve people right from the start and this is a chance to shape the city, so it is here for future generations.”
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