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As rebels will probably remember, back in summer 2019 the UK Parliament (specifically, six Select Committees of the House of Commons) called for a citizens' assembly to discuss how the UK can reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. Assembly members were carefully selected to give a representative sample of the UK population, they came from different walks of life and from all over the country.

Participants met in Birmingham from January to March this year and then online following the coronavirus outbreak. They were given a detailed briefing about climate change to inform their discussions and their findings were put into a report which was presented to the six select committees in September. The next stage is for the committees to work on implementing the recommendations. The Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy Committee launched an inquiry on the findings and debated it in the Commons in September.

We definitely need to watch this space!

Hear from the Citizens Assembly members themselves about their experience in this inspiring 2 minute video


You can read their report and find out more at https://www.climateassembly.uk/