The Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly was held from 6 – 28 March 2021.
The Assembly took place online via Zoom. 50 residents of Blaenau Gwent were selected by sortition to address the question:
“What should we do in Blaenau Gwent to tackle the climate crisis in a way that is fair and improves living standards for everyone?”
44 participants attended the first assembly session and 43 participants were present at the final session for voting on recommendations.
Attendance was stable throughout all sessions with 43 being the lowest attendance.
The members met for a total of 23 hours to hear evidence from over 20 different experts, discuss the issues, and produce recommendations for what local public service organisations, communities and individuals could do to address the climate crisis and improve lives for people in Blaenau Gwent.
The assembly members explored the following themes in the learning phase:
• Introduction to climate change
• Issues of fairness and the just transition
• How change happens
• Housing – retrofit, new build, fuel poverty, jobs & skills
• Nature and green space
The agenda, videos of sessions and additional questions for speakers can be found on the website.