What the climate assembly is

The climate assembly will bring together a representative group of the Brighton & Hove population to shape how we combat climate change over the next decade.

The climate assembly will be designed and facilitated by an organisation that's independent of us. They'll be experienced in delivering deliberative engagement processes like citizens' assemblies.

“Our city is full of people with knowledge, creativity and goodwill that we would love to harness. The future of our planet is at stake and I want you to have a say in how we combat the climate crisis together."

When it will take place

Following advice from the UK government in managing Coronavirus (Covid-19) and to protect the health and wellbeing of all the participants, we've decided to postpone Brighton & Hove’s climate assembly which was due to take place in 3 sessions during April and May.

Our climate assembly is one of the most important pieces of work for the city and we intend to reschedule the sessions as soon as practically possible later in the year.

In the meantime, we'll continue to keep you updated on our carbon neutral 2030 work through the website, social media and newsletter. Please continue to share ideas, good practice and questions by emailing carbon2030@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the shaping of the climate assembly so far and for your support during this difficult time.

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Who'll make up the climate assembly

The climate assembly will bring together a randomly selected group of people to learn about climate issues, discuss them with one another, and make recommendations about what should happen and how things should change.

Fifty-three residents will be selected at random to be members of the climate assembly.

The recruitment process will reflect the local population and involve residents from across the whole of Brighton & Hove.

Ipsos MORI will design, establish and deliver the climate assembly. They're working in partnership with the Sortition Foundation to recruit a representative selection of residents.

The Sortition Foundation are experts in making sure that a cross-section of the population is represented on citizen assemblies.

How we'll recruit people

An invitation will be sent to a random selection of 10,600 residents. 

From those who accept, the sample will be broken down into smaller groups. These groups will match the wider profile of the city. This will help make sure the final 53 people represent the diversity of the city, and are from across the geographical area.

The final 53 will be provided with all the information they will need to take part.

People will be able to sign up by phone or online. There's also a freephone number so residents can talk to someone about the assembly before registering.

Residents selected to take part will receive £250 to compensate them for their time. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

You don’t need any prior knowledge to take part as a member of the climate assembly. You just need to be willing to listen to the information and share opinions.

What it'll be about

Transport will be the first subject considered by the climate assembly. Transport is one of the city’s biggest sources of carbon emissions.

Over the 3 sessions residents will hear evidence and discuss it. They'll develop recommendations that the council and the city can take to become carbon neutral by 2030.

The sessions will include presentations and workshops. Residents on the assembly will have meet people from all walks of life and hear from engaging expert speakers. They'll have small group discussions with facilitators to make sure everyone's voice is heard.

Get involved with the climate assembly

An independent advisory group of up to 16 experts and activists will support the climate assembly. Together with the council they'll make sure there's a diverse selection of speakers. These will include policy experts, campaigners and local stakeholders.

Everyone will have the opportunity to contribute views, suggestions and actions on how to make the city carbon neutral by 2030 even if they are not directly involved in the assembly.

You can send an email to carbon2030@brighton-hove.gov.uk or write to: Carbon2030, Hove Town Hall, Room 166, Norton Road, Hove, BN3 3BQ.

We'll use recommendations from the climate assembly as part of wider public consultations and engagement on city strategies, like the Local Transport Plan.

We'll present the climate assembly report to the council in the summer of 2020. We'll use it to inform our carbon neutral programme. It'll also help to decide how to make transport work for everyone in the city, reduce carbon emissions and address the climate emergency.

Transport and energy account for


of our carbon emissions