23 September 2020 Council and democracy

First climate assembly meets

Brighton & Hove’s citizens assembly on climate met for the first time last night, 22 September 2020.

Around 50 residents came together online to look at how the city will address the climate crisis over the next 10 years and prioritise actions to take forward.  

The climate assembly is focusing on the question: How can we step up actions to reduce transport-related emissions in the city?

This first session outlined what transport is like locally, how the council is proposing to reduce carbon emissions by 2030 and what participants thought were the biggest climate change challenges for them.

There were also expert speakers on local transport context, public health and sustainable travel.

Co-chair of the Carbon Neutral 2030 working group councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty said: “The climate emergency affects us all, but we have the opportunity to do something about it if we act now.”

“We’re proud and excited to be hosting the city’s first climate assembly.

"It’s a chance for people to get involved and influence what the council and wider city does to address the climate crisis, and to provide ideas on how we can reduce toxic carbon emissions from transport in the city.”

Young people from across the city have also formed a youth climate assembly, believed to be the first in the UK, to run alongside the citizen’s assembly.

They will meet online later this week for an introductory session to discuss how they can use their unique perspective to feed into the work of big organisations like the council.

Find out more about the Youth Climate Assembly.

Co-chair of the Carbon Neutral 2030 working group councillor Nancy Platts, said: “Local voices must be heard as we shape the city’s climate actions. As councillors we need to listen to what everyone has to say, people of all ages, backgrounds, and experiences.

“I’m looking forward to hearing and taking forward the views of the youth assembly.Young people will inherit the consequences of what we do now.”

Due to safety precautions as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the assembly sessions are being held online. The second session will be on Tuesday 6 October.

There is more information available online about the climate assembly.

The climate assembly’s report will be presented to the council in early 2021. 

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