The Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly is one of the first Climate Assemblies in Wales. In March 2021, it brought together 50 people from the Blaenau Gwent area 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?
The participants were invited to hear evidence, discuss the issues, and produce recommendations for what local public service organisations, communities and individuals can do to address the climate crisis.
The recommendations made will be considered by organisations including Blaenau Gwent Council and will help to shape the climate plans of local housing associations.
The Climate Assembly explored the overarching question through learning about, and discussion of related sub-themes including housing, nature / green space and transport.
Lead Experts presented information on climate change and the sub-themes to provide context for the discussions.
43 of the 47 members of the Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly have voted on the final recommendations. Five recommendations received over 80% of the vote and were officially passed by the Assembly.
The recommendations will be presented to Housing Associations and the PSB Climate Mitigation Steering Group in April and written responses will be provided.
The final report of the Assembly will be published in April 2021.