The UK is committed to reaching net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050. Climate Assembly UK will bring together people from all walks of life and of all shades of opinion to discuss how the UK should meet this target.
Climate Assembly UK will have over 100 members, who together are representative of the UK population. These assembly members will come from 30,000 households randomly selected from across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
The assembly members will meet over four weekends in Spring 2020. They will hear balanced evidence on the choices the UK faces, discuss them, and make recommendations about what the UK should do to become net zero by 2050.
During the first weekend of Climate Assembly UK, expert speakers faced challenging and insightful questions from 110 members of the public selected to represent the UK population.
A citizens’ assembly brings together people from all walks of life to discuss important issues – in this case climate change. At the assembly, assembly members learn about the issue, take time to discuss it with one another, and then make recommendations about what should happen.
Citizens’ assemblies have been used all around the world, including in the UK, to help shape the work of governments and parliaments.
In June 2019, the UK Government and Parliament agreed that the UK should do more to tackle climate change. They passed a law committing the UK to reaching ‘net-zero’ greenhouse gas emissions (which cause climate change) by 2050. This means that by 2050 the UK will have to reduce the amount of greenhouse gases it produces to a much lower level than today. It will also have to balance any remaining emissions by absorbing the same amount from the atmosphere. The actions required to do this will change the way we heat our homes, our diets, what we buy, how we travel, and many other aspects of our lives, as all of these result in emissions in some way.