Weekend 1

24th – 26th January

At the first weekend assembly members met together for a full day of presentations and discussions on Saturday, and a half-day on Sunday. The assembly heard from a range of speakers on what climate change is, its impacts and the challenges around reducing emissions.

They also heard evidence on some of the overarching ethical and strategic questions that tackling climate change raises. The assembly discussed and voted on what underpinning principles they believe should steer the UK’s approach reaching net zero by 2050.

View the footage of weekend one, and read transcripts and speakers' presentations by following the links in the agenda below.

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Saturday 25th January

09:00

Assembly introduction

09:40

Panel one - introduction to climate change livestream

The speakers will cover what climate change is, the effects of climate change and why tackling it has proved difficult.

Professor Joanna Haigh, Imperial College London: What climate change is (informant)

Professor Ed Hawkins, University of Reading: Impacts of climate change (informant)

Professor Rebecca Willis, University of Lancaster: Why tackling climate change has proved difficult (informant)

Chris Stark, Committee on Climate Change: What the assembly will consider (informant)

10:35

Assembly members prioritise their questions for the later Q&A

11:40

Panel one - Q&A - part 1, part 2 livestream

13:00

Break for lunch

14:00

Group discussion and reflection

14:25

Panel two - overarching ethical questions on how to get to net zero livestream

Posing ethical questions around issues such as fairness and individual freedom, co-benefits and trade-offs:

Chris Stark, Committee on Climate Change (informant)

Giving their view on the ethical questions:

Fernanda Balata, New Economics Foundation (advocate)

Professor Paul Ekins, University College London (advocate)

Modi Mwatsama, Wellcome (advocate)

Tony Juniper, Natural England (advocate)

Kirsten Leggatt, 2050 Climate Group (advocate)

15:20

Assembly members prioritise their questions for the later Q&A

16:20

Panel two - Q&A - part 1, part 2 livestream

Sunday 26th January

09:30

Discussion on principles and values

10:20

Panel three livestream

Chris Stark, Committee on Climate Change: Where our energy comes from and how we use energy (informant)

Professor Rebecca Willis, University of Lancaster: Key practical issues to consider for how the UK gets to net zero (informant)

10:55

Assembly members prioritise their questions for the later Q&A

11:30
12:00

Discussion and voting on principles and values