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Newham Climate Now

The rise in global temperatures, carbon pollution in the air, the dramatic change in sea levels are all having a devastating impact on human beings and on our planet.​​​​​

Introduction

We only have limited time to save our environment and drastically reduce our carbon footprint. We also need to clean-up the air we breathe because we suffer from some of the poorest air-quality in the whole country. It’s directly led to 96 people losing their lives last year so it’s vital for us to act now, before it’s too late. 

 
 

The Newham Citizens Assembly on Climate Change 


Newham will be holding its first Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change starting in January 2020. This follows on directly from the council declaring a Climate Emergency earlier this year and introducing a raft of measures to tackle global warming, poor air quality and waste.


What is a citizen’s assembly?​


A citizen’s assembly is a group of local people who are brought together to discuss an issue and reach a conclusion about what they think should happen. The people who take part are chosen at random to reflect the demographics of the borough.

How has the Assembly been set up?


This Citizens’ Assembly will be different to the previous Community Neighbourhood citizens’ assemblies. It will take place over several sessions and participants will be selected randomly and reimbursed for their time.

Around 8,000 randomly selected residents will be sent an invitation letter at the beginning of January. From those that respond, a final group of around 40 local residents will be selected to represent the borough’s diverse population. This whole democratic recruitment process will be carried out  by a professional organisation called the Sortition Foundation. 

The selected assembly members will come together for several sessions over January and February. They will work on the following question that has been shaped by a meeting of diverse local stakeholders:

How can the council and residents work together to reach the aspiration of being carbon zero by 2050?

They will listen to evidence, consider and discuss what they hear and reach conclusions about what steps we should and can take together locally to tackle Climate Change. On the final day of the assembly, recommendations will be made to the Council to respond to and to consider incorporating into its plans for dealing with the climate emergency.

The Assembly will be set up and facilitated by MutualGain, an expert independent organisation in participatory democracy. Councillor Mas Patel, Commissioner for Air Quality and Climate Emergency, has said: “We have to listen to the voices of our residents about how we deal with the climate emergency that confronts us.”

Frequently Asked Questions


Here are some of the Frequently Asked Questions about Newham's Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change. 


If you have any other questions, please get in touch with climate.assembly@newham.gov.uk​


Dates of Sessions

The Newham Citizens Assembly on Climate Change will be held over the following dates:
  • Information Session: 30 January 2020
  • First Expert Session: 6 February 2020
  • Second Expert Session: 13 February 2020
  • Deliberation Weekend: 22 - 23 February 2020​

How to contribute to the borough wide discussion on Climate Change 


Even if you haven’t been selected to attend this assembly you can still contribute.

We have an online space where you can share your thoughts and ideas on the issue of Climate Change and what needs to be done in Newham to tackle it. Results of this will be shared with the council and will input directly into the information considered by the Citizens’ Assembly.

The three ways in which you can get involved are:
  • Vote: Vote on other people’s statements (select agree, disagree or pass/unsure).
  • Join in: If you want to add to the conversation, submit your opinion for others to vote on it.
  • Share: Share the link to this virtual conversation with friends and neighbours in Newham.

​If you are a Newham resident and/or part of a local group that wishes to present to the assembly or share a longer idea


Please complete the form​ and someone will get back to you as soon as possible with further information. 

Complete Section 1 if you wish to present to the assembly as a Newham resident or local group representative with an interest in the assembly question.

Complete Section 2 if you wish to make a longer statement, comment or idea for the assembly to consider than is possible on the Polis​ digital platform. 

Newham Show Climate Change Banner Competition


At the Newham Show 2019, the Environment Health team ran a competition for children to draw messages about Air Quality and Climate Emergency. We had over a hundred young artists participating, and it was a tough decision for the Mayor to pick just ten which can be viewed here.



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