The Blaenau Gwent people's panel Climate Assembly met on the 21st of March 2021. 50 randomly selected participants will hear evidence and produce recommendations for what local public service organisations, communities and individuals can do to address the climate crisis.
Problems and Purpose
The purpose of this assembly is to look for answer to the question of what should we do in Blaenau Gwent to tackle the climate crisis in a way that is fair and improves living standards for everyone?
Background History and Context
In early 2020, in the context of other existing and future decarbonisation initiatives in the housing sector1 , Cynnal Cymru, ERS Cymru and United Welsh Housing met to discuss how housing tenants and wider communities might be more involved in decarbonisation plans of Housing Associations, public bodies and other anchor organisations. The idea for the Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly was a result of these discussions between organising partners. It was funded through Welsh Government’s Innovative Housing Programme – Optimised Retrofit Programme.
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
The Assembly is being organised by four housing associations in Blaenau Gwent in collaboration with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, Electoral Reform Society, Cynnal Cymru.
Participant Recruitment and Selection
Assembly members were selected at random from the general public through sortition
Methods and Tools Used
Discussion, questions and answers, presentation and recommendation.
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
The Climate Assembly will explore the overarching question through learning about, and discussion of related sub-themes including housing, nature / green space and transport.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
The Assembly’s recommendations were presented to the chief executives of the 4 commissioning Housing Associations on Tuesday 13 April 2021.
Analysis and Lessons Learned