Preston Climate Jury Underway

The Preston People’s Climate Jury will provide 30 Preston residents with a chance to have their say on how we tackle climate change across the city and make recommendations to local leaders about how the city should act in response. Shared Future has been asked to facilitate the Preston People’s Climate Jury. The first session of the People’s Climate Jury took place on February 1st 2024.

The first step in the project was establishing the Advisory Group, made up of representatives from the local community, business and public sectors, with the demographic profile used to select the jury so that it is mirrors the local population. The group agreed the wording of the question that the jury will be asked to consider. It reflects shared values of working together, fairness and equity, aligning with the council’s strategic commitments to Community Wealth Building and ‘Fairness for You’.

Preston Climate Jury members ask questions of one of the commentators ast session 2
People’s Climate Jury members ask questions of a commentator during Session 2

Background to the People’s Jury

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) provided Preston City Council with the opportunity to commit £1.36m of funding to actions to address climate change. The funding will be invested in warmer homes, in local skills for the transition to cleaner energy, and in supporting Preston businesses to decarbonise. Given the scale of the challenge posed by climate change, Council agreed that encouraging informed debate and supporting community involvement in decision making on climate change was also a priority and approved a share of UKSPF funding for a People’s Climate Jury. 

£50,000 has been allocated from Preston’s UKSPF programme to the project. The funding will ensure that the selection process to recruit members of the jury produces a good match with Preston’s demographic profile in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, ward area and attitude towards climate change so that the jury will ‘look and talk like us’.

30 jury members will come together for eight sessions over a two-month period to hear from a range of commentators about climate change, discuss what they hear and agree a set of recommendations for local action in response.  Each participant will be reimbursed for their involvement and will be supported with childcare or transport needs as required.

Find out more

Preston Council has developed a set of webpages where the members of the jury and the wider public can follow the conversation. Presentations by expert commentators are uploaded regularly.

Follow the Preston People’s Climate Jury on the Preston Council Website