We’re proud that Lambeth Council was the first London Borough to declare a Climate Emergency and recognise the need for the whole Borough to take genuine action to reduce our emissions so we are carbon neutral by 2030. Key to this was setting up a Citizens’ Assembly which started its work this week. The Assembly is a representative body of 50 Lambeth residents who will discuss the challenge we face and make concrete proposals on what steps Lambeth as a whole needs to take.
The Citizens’ Assembly was originally going to be held at the end of last year, but due to the pandemic we had to postpone it and eventually move it online. The Sortition Foundation (who ran the UK wide Climate Assembly), was appointed to oversee the process so it is truly independent. The 50 Lambeth residents making the decisions broadly reflect the makeup of the Borough, were selected independently from the Council, and have been provided with everything they need to participate. They will hear evidence from experts, learn about climate change and what is happening locally and develop solutions.
We want as many residents to engage with the assembly and follow its work. The Council has relaunched the Lambeth Climate Action Hub website to let everyone track the work of the Citizens’ Assembly, watch videos of the expert speakers and view the evidence presented to the Assembly. The Hub also allows you to have your say by submitting your ideas and read about ideas from others through an interactive map. You can sign up to get email updates specifically on this by clicking here and there is also a WhatsApp broadcast service where you can receive social media updates here.