Rotherham hosts as region’s Citizens’ Assembly for climate change meets for first time
South Yorkshire Mayor Oliver Coppard says the group will help devise policies to help reach a net zero economy by 2040.
Some 30,000 invitations were sent at random across the region and the first of five in-person sessions took place at NYS on Saturday (28).
Mr Coppard said: “Citizens’ assemblies are a new way of doing politics that put people at the heart of the way we make decisions.
“We already know that the way in which the climate is changing is going to have an impact on all of us. We are going to have to change how we live, work and travel.
“Because if we get this right it’s not just a huge challenge, it’s also a huge opportunity; an
opportunity to create good, new jobs for everyone, working in the industries of the future, and to build a cleaner, greener, happier and healthier South Yorkshire.”
The weekend’s session saw members discuss what could be done in the region to mitigate against climate change.
Mr Coppard’s office says the assembly project will involve learning, deliberation and decision-making phases.
A spokesperson said: “Mr Coppard plans to use the Citizens’ Assembly’s discussions and recommendations to form the basis of South Yorkshire’s climate policy, putting local residents’ values at the heart of local politics.
“This innovative approach aims to give South Yorkshire the opportunity to forge its own
path forward in the race to beat climate change, rather than relying on the goodwill of others.
“The Climate Assembly members and those providing evidence and expertise at each session, will be compensated for the time spent.”
Future sessions will take place on:
Saturday, November 11: Doncaster
Saturday, November 25: Barnsley
Saturday and Sunday, December 9 and 10: Sheffield