30,000 people across the UK have been randomly invited to take part in a citizens’ assembly on climate change convened by MPs. Invitations to the assembly, which will be held over four weekends in Birmingham from January to mid-March, are due to arrive on 6th November.
Only 110 of the people who reply will take part in Climate Assembly UK, at which they will be asked to discuss how the UK should respond to the climate emergency and what policies they would like to see implemented to meet the target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, now enshrined in law. Those selected to take part will be demographically representative of the country.
A citizens’ assembly has been a key demand of the environmental campaign group Extinction Rebellion. The group said they welcomed this as a first step, but warned that the assembly should be focussing on cutting carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 rather than 2050, because waiting 30 years to reach zero net carbon emissions would mean that the climate would break down further. They added that their third demand in the UK was that government must create and be led by the decisions of a citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological justice, not just on climate change.
See Extinction Rebellion’s Guide to Citizens’ assemblies at http://bit.ly/2NIklsK
Text based on BBC, Telegraph and XR articles. Photograph Matthew Chattle, Barcroft media.