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110 people met for first UK Climate Assembly meeting

The first of four meetings of the UK Climate Assembly happened on 25th January 2020.

110 people from throughout the UK gathered in Birmingham to plan how the UK will deal with the climate crisis.

The main aim of the group is to set recommendations on how the Government can achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

Chosen via random selection, the assembly is made up of people from a variety of backgrounds with different levels of knowledge about the climate crisis.

The meeting consisted of speakers from organisations such as Natural England and the New Economics Foundation. Along with this, the participants were invited to ask questions, which varied from ethical to practical scenarios.

They also had a yellow and red card system. The attendees could hold up the cards for:

  • If a speaker was going too fast (Yellow)
  • If a topic needed explaining (Red)

The meeting was concluded by Sir David Attenborough. As an advocate for climate change he noted the importance of the governments attention on the topic, commenting:

“Your existence here means members of parliament are taking it seriously. The people in this country ought to be extremely grateful to you, as indeed am I.”

The Climate Assembly have three more meetings yet, and once completed, all results will be published in April 2020.

For more information on the meeting, please head to The Guardian 

Categories: Environment, Sustainability
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