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Adur & Worthing Climate Assembly

As part of our efforts to address the Climate Emergency, Adur & Worthing Councils have commissioned a Climate Assembly to address the following questions:

“How can we in Adur and Worthing collectively tackle climate change and support our places to thrive?

What does this mean for the way we live and for our local environment?”

The Climate Assembly will follow the model for a citizens' assembly, with 40 residents of Adur and Worthing randomly selected to take part. Over four months, from September to December 2020, the 40 residents will meet online to listen to evidence, deliberate and then make recommendations that will go to Adur & Worthing Councils in Spring 2021.

What is a Climate Assembly?

Our Climate Assembly is a type of democratic decision making process, sometimes known as a citizens' assembly. The Adur & Worthing Climate Assembly will bring together a randomly selected group of 40 people from the area, who broadly represent the entire community. The people who attend learn about issues, discuss them with one another, and then make recommendations about what should happen and how things could change.

How will people be selected to take part?

Letters have been sent out to 8,000 households in Adur and Worthing. The addresses were randomly selected from Royal Mail's address database. If you have received a letter, it means that anyone over the age of 16 who is living in your household can apply to take part.

The following people are not eligible to apply:

  • Elected representatives from any level of government
  • paid employees of any political party
  • or people employed by Adur & Worthing Councils

What will Assembly members do?

Those who are selected will have the opportunity to work together with individuals from all walks of life who live in Adur and Worthing. They will hear from expert speakers, and will discuss the issues involved in small groups to deliberate and respond to the questions:

“How can we in Adur and Worthing collectively tackle climate change and support our places to thrive?”

“What does this mean for the way we live and our local environment?”

At the end of the process, Assembly members will produce a report on their recommendations. This will be presented to the Councils in early 2021.

Why is this Climate Assembly taking place online?

This is one of the first ever Assemblies that will be held online. We had planned to hold a face-to-face Assembly but government guidelines regarding social distancing mean that this may not be possible for the foreseeable future. We do not want to delay important discussions about climate change until we are able to meet up in person, so we have decided to hold the Climate Assembly online.

How will you ensure that the event is accessible and inclusive for everyone?

We want everyone to be able to take part in our Assembly and will ensure that our residents are provided with the support they need to take part. Those selected to take part in the Assembly will be given £300 as a 'thank you' for contributing their time to this important work.

Prior to the Assembly taking place, each Assembly member will have a one-to-one session with a member of staff from Democratic Society, who we are working with to deliver the Climate Assembly. It will cover how the Assembly will be run online and address any needs members have for taking part, including internet connection (data/WiFi) and/or equipment or training on how to use a computer. Any other adjustments required (eg interpretation, childcare etc.) can also be accommodated along with Assembly member needs.

Who commissioned the Assembly, and who is running it?

We are working with Democratic Society to deliver our Climate Assembly, they were selected following a public tender process in early 2020. They subcontracted the Sortition Foundation to carry out recruitment for the Assembly.

How do you make sure evidence to the Assembly is independent of the Councils?

The Climate Assembly will be guided by an independent Advisory Group, which is being set up to oversee the design and implementation of the Climate Assembly. The role of the Advisory Group is to provide advice and oversight to ensure the Assembly's plans, evidence and materials are accurate, balanced and unbiased. We will share details about who is represented on our independent Advisory Group shortly.

If I'm not invited to take part, how can I be part of the Assembly?

Prior to the Assembly taking place, Adur & Worthing Councils will invite residents to submit their views on the questions the assembly is exploring. We also expect that some of the proceedings of the Assembly, in particular evidence giving, will be made public for everyone to watch and read - so that everyone can keep up the date with developments.

Anything about the Climate Assembly will be shared via this page in the future.

What will happen when the Assembly concludes its work?

The Assembly's recommendations will be published and presented to a Full Council meeting in Spring 2021. A formal response will be given from the Councils to the recommendations and will inform our policy approach to climate change, local environments and work in and by communities.

Where can I get more information?

If you have questions about the Assembly, you can email our Climate Assembly team:

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