To mark the UK hosting COP26 in November, The Citizens’ Assembly on the Climate will consider the big questions that we need to address in Cornwall, if we are to become more sustainable.
For the online event, participants will be introduced to a range of climate issues that we need to address. Four University of Exeter academics will give insight into a particular area of relevance to the climate emergency, which participants will then get the chance to discuss. Professor Clare Saunders will present the case for sustainable clothing; Professor Juliet Osborne will explore how we can protect our pollinators; Professor Steffen Boehm will show how we can better re-use our resources in a circular economy; Professor Ian Ashton will discuss marine renewables; and Professor Caitlin DeSilvey will examine the relationship between heritage and climate change.
Participants will then work in groups to consider the priorities and solutions that we might collectively adopt, in order to tackle climate change.
In the final part of the session, participants will present their conclusions to a panel of environment policymakers and organisations, which includes:
– Luke Pollard MP (Shadow Secretary for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs)
– Lizzy Carlyle (Head of Environmental Practices for the National Trust)
– Martin Alvey (Cornwall Council)
– Fiona Watton (Chief Executive at Creative Kernow)