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Adur & Worthing Climate Assembly launches with an impressive lineup of speakers

Released: Wednesday, 16 September 2020

Some of the UK’s top environment experts are to speak at a special assembly called by Adur & Worthing Councils to discuss the climate emergency.

Environmentalist Jonathon Porritt and the chair of the Carbon Trust Baroness Brown of Cambridge, will be speaking at the Adur & Worthing Climate Assembly which launches this weekend (Saturday 19 September 2020).

The expert speakers will be live streamed to an online private event attended by 40 residents of Adur and Worthing on the first day of the five-part Climate Assembly which is taking place between September and December.

The Assembly is being delivered as part of Adur & Worthing Councils’ SustainableAW programme, which aims to protect and improve the local environment. The Councils declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 and have committed to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.

Randomly selected from a representative sample of the local population to take part in the Climate Assembly, the 40 residents will hear from a range of speakers about the impact of climate change at a global and national level.

They will include Sir Jonathon, a writer and founder of Forum for the Future, which advises government, businesses and civil society on sustainability issues, and Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, who heads up the Carbon Trust which supports businesses, governments and the public sector to implement changes to address the climate crisis.

The Assembly will also hear from local businesses and organisations over the course of the five days, including Adur & Worthing Councils, Southern Water and Worthing Homes about what is being done locally to tackle climate change.

Having heard the evidence from experts, the 40 participants will present their recommendations to the Councils in early 2021 about how Adur and Worthing can collectively tackle climate change.

Photo: (L-R) Cllr Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council, and Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, at Worthing's Brooklands Park

PR20-111 - Cllr Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing BC, and Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur DC

Cllr Neil Parkin, Leader of Adur District Council, said:

“With a fantastic line-up of speakers, our participants can expect to learn lots about climate change and how these issues relate to Adur and Worthing. We look forward to receiving the participants’ recommendations for how we can all work together to tackle climate change.”

As part of the Climate Assembly, Adur & Worthing Councils are inviting all local residents to contribute to a questionnaire to find out what changes in behaviour people have already made that may help towards achieving greater sustainability in Adur and Worthing, and capture views and opinions on climate change.

Cllr Daniel Humphreys, Leader of Worthing Borough Council said:

“The voice of the community is critical for helping us to plan how we deliver our ambitious target to be carbon neutral by 2030. To help shape our ongoing commitment in Adur and Worthing to tackling the climate crisis, we want to hear from residents about how they feel about climate change, what changes they are already making to their lives, what more they can or would like to do and what barriers may be preventing them from doing so.”

For more information the Adur and Worthing's Climate Assembly, visit:

Video: An introduction to the Climate Assembly with Cllr Humphreys and Cllr Parkin

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