The note provides an overview of recent evidence and key concepts relating to net zero public engagement and participation. The research was carried out to aid the development of climate policy across government and shape the future direction of research.
BEIS 15th March 2021 read more »
Reaching net zero emissions alone will not be enough to properly combat the climate crisis, the Environment Agency’s chief will warn government ministers and businesses. Sir James Bevan is urging the public and private sectors to instead adopt “net zero plus” policies, which work to reduce emissions while adapting to extreme weather conditions and rising sea levels already caused by global warming. Adapting to a changing climate will allow businesses to “thrive”, he will argue, and provide opportunities to “build back better from flooding, create greener, cleaner cities and enhance nature at the same time as locking up carbon”. A suggested slogan for the movement will be “adapt and thrive”, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said.
Independent 16th March 2021 read more »
Climate change: UK government still doesn’t have plan to kickstart the green revolution the public wants and the world needs – Douglas Chapman MP. The first UK-wide Citizens Assembly on Climate Change last year showed that people want urgent action and a joined-up approach. The assembly’s recommendations called for leadership from government that is clear, proactive, accountable and consistent, including cross-party consensus and advocation of local solutions and local engagement – and not in the sense of pressing pause on a local authority decision to go ahead with a coal mine as in the embarrassing and yet unresolved situation in Cumbria. Now in Scotland, with our first Climate Assembly in its latter stages, citizens will be discussing their recommendations to take to the Scottish Parliament in their exploration of this key question: “How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?” This Scottish assembly recognises that Scotland needs “a roadmap to address our unique challenges and opportunities presented by climate change”. It will be interesting to read how much their recommendations echo the UK-wide assembly on climate, what bespoke ideas they come up with for a radical new approach in Scotland and how these new ideas generated will be incorporated into our overall Climate Plan. With voters only getting the chance to have their say when an election comes along, citizens assemblies are as vital a tool to hold governments to account as they are on consensus creation on big, important subjects. Rishi Sunak’s budget shows how easy it is for governments to drift from not just voters’ concerns but their own rhetoric and promises.
Scotsman 16th March 2021 read more »