The deadline to apply to be part of the North of Tyne Climate Citizens’ Assembly is approaching. Residents who received a letter from the NTCA to sit on the region’s Climate Citizens’ Assembly until midnight on Tuesday 19th January.
The new Citizens’ Assembly is due to meet for the first time in February, where ordinary people in the North East will help shape the region’s response to the climate crisis.
The North of Tyne Combined Authority sent out 10,000 letters in December to randomly selected residents of Newcastle, North Tyneside, and Northumberland inviting them to take part in the assembly.
Of those who respond, the Combined Authority will choose 50 people who accurately represent the diversity of the region to sit on the panel. The NTCA set up the panel to help come up with radical actions to slash the area’s carbon footprint.
The deadline for residents to reply to the Combined Authority is midnight on Tuesday 19th January.
The recipients of the letter can sign up using the link or ringing the freephone number which are both provided on the letter.
It is important that the Assembly comprises a range of people who may have different experiences or opinions. Also making sure there is a diverse range of people in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, and where people live and attitude to climate change. Your views are as important as everyone else’s.
No specific qualifications or skills are needed. Residents just need to be willing to share views and opinions and listen to those of other people.
It will be held February and April, with around 30 hours of online meetings. During these meeting members will debate and hear expert evidence to answer the question, “What should we do in the region to address climate change and its causes fairly, effectively and quickly?”
The Citizens’ Assembly will hear testimonies from experts on climate change. At the end of the process, the assembly will develop a set of recommendations for the NTCA to consider. The NTCA and Shared Future, a community interest company, will run the Citizens’ Assembly.
Jamie Driscoll, Mayor of North of Tyne, said: “The climate emergency is real and urgent. But we need to take people with us if we are to tackle it effectively.
“A Citizens’ Assembly is a different way of doing things. It’s an opportunity to engage meaningfully with a representative sample of the public and listen to what they have to say.
“Coronavirus has meant we’ve had to change our plans to do this face to face. With Shared Future, we’re confident that we’ve got the right team in place to do this digitally instead.”
Global warming can feel like a distant, abstract concept. Evidence shows that climate has started to make a difference to our lives sooner than you’d think. This includes things like intense flooding, like we saw with Storm Desmond in 2015.