Lancaster District People’s Jury on Climate Change

Thirty local people from Lancaster District helped to develop a new action plan to tackle one of the biggest issues facing the world today – climate change.

Lancaster City Council has convened a People’s Jury on climate change, a pioneering way of involving ordinary people in advising the council and others on how best to combat the problem. It follows the council’s declaration of a climate change emergency last year and is supported by academics and experts in the field.

Shared Future CIC are facilitating the People’s Jury, work led by Pete Bryant and Jenny Willis.

Letters were sent to 4,000 across the Lancaster district asking them to take part, with a final 30 chosen from all those who expressed an interest. Those chosen will reflect the make-up of the district in relation to gender, age, ethnicity, disability, geography, attitude to climate change and deprivation. No specific qualifications or skills are needed – all that’s required is a willingness to share views and opinions and listen to those of other people.

To help them form their recommendations the jury will hear from a series of experts at each of the nine sessions, which started on Monday February 3rd 2020.

Find out more about what will happen at each session.

At the end of the process a set of recommendations will be developed for the council and others to consider.

Those recommendations that the council has direct responsibility for will be progressed to decision, with those that the council doesn’t have direct responsibility being presented to the appropriate organisation with a recommendation that they are considered.

Read more about this project on the dedicated website of the Lancaster district Peoples’ Jury
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Pete Bryant opens the first session of the People’s Jury at the Storey Institute in Lancaster on the 3rd February 2020
Read the Jury’s full report here.