As the first meetings of Brighton & Hove’s climate assembly take place, we are inviting residents, visitors to the city and people who work in Brighton & Hove to be part of the climate conversation.
The 50 assembly members met in September and October to consider ‘how can we step up actions to reduce transport-related carbon emissions in the city?’
If you are not one of the residents directly involved, you can still be part of the conversation on our ‘Let’s talk climate’ online space at: https://climateconversationsbrighton.uk.engagementhq.com.
In the coming days and weeks, you’ll also be able to comment on the presentations and materials the climate assembly will be discussing in their five sessions from September to November.
You’ll be able to take part in discussions, surveys and offer ideas through the online platform. The questions, topics, forums and polls on the ‘Let’s talk’ site will change regularly.
We can all contribute to making things better
Co-chair of the Carbon Neutral 2030 working group Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty said: “This is an opportunity for the wider city to be involved and join in with the discussions the climate assembly is having.
“We want everyone to be able to take part and share thoughts, views and ideas. It is your chance to help shape the actions that will lead to less pollution and cleaner air.
“The first conversation is about how to reduce transport-related carbon emissions and toxic air pollutants which can affect our health and the health of our loved ones.
“We can all contribute to making things better.
“Thank you for taking part. It will help us to understand the wide range of views, ideas, proposals and opinions from our varied city.”
Brighton & Hove declared a climate and biodiversity emergency in 2018 and pledged to become a carbon neutral city by 2030.
We cannot do this alone
Co-chair of the Carbon Neutral 2030 working group councillor Nancy Platts, said: “Brighton & Hove is a wonderful, creative city, and we have the opportunity to lead the way on changing the future.
"We cannot delay this work and we have to act now to make a difference. We cannot do this alone.
"I know that many people want to be involved in this conversation, so this online platform gives more people the opportunity to get involved and bring real lived experience context to inspire future policy interventions.
"I encourage everyone to join in the conversation so we can explore how we can reduce transport related carbon emissions in the city and achieve carbon neutrality by 2030."
The council is committed to reducing carbon emissions from council services. This includes installing solar panels on council homes, providing low energy council buildings and changing to low emission vehicles for refuse collections and other services.
We also want to enable people to take up the challenge of reducing their own carbon footprint.
Through the 2030 Carbon Neutral Programme, we will be developing a series of projects to help us reach our goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
More about the climate assembly.
You can also continue to send in your suggestions or ask questions by emailing email@example.com