Climate Assembly members repeat their call for fairness and public engagement in the run-up to COP26.
In 2020, Parliament decided to put the question of how to reach our national climate targets to the public in the first-ever UK-wide Climate Assembly.
In September 2020, Climate Assembly members published a report highlighting their support for climate action while emphasising the importance of fairness and public engagement in the transition to net-zero.
A year after their initial report, a new report from the Institute of Government and Involve has highlighted a lack of preparedness in government to engage the public in policy design around net-zero.
The report recommends that:
Assembly Member, Sue Peachey, from Bath said: ‘After several months of us all listening to advocates and experts, we reached the conclusion that change is imperative and set out our practical recommendations to make that change happen in a way we hope most people would find acceptable and achievable.
‘The six committee chairs sent our report to Boris Johnson exactly a year ago so that it would highlight and hasten the public debate on net zero.
‘I hope the Prime Minister will listen to people’s ideas and priorities and give the public a bigger role in delivering the UK’s net-zero mission. If he takes time to inform and work with people who have legitimate concerns, we have shown he should be pushing at an open door.’
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