The Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly brought together 50 randomly selected residents from across the Blaenau Gwent Council in March 2021, to figure out what could be done to address the climate crisis in a way that is fair and improves living standards for everyone.
Problems and Purpose
In 2020, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council declared a climate emergency. The PSB agreed to establish a Climate Mitigation Steering Group to develop a long-term plan to reduce carbon emissions in Blaenau Gwent.
Background History and Context
In early 2020, in the context of other existing and future decarbonisation initiatives in the housing sector , 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.
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
Lead Experts will present information on climate change and the sub-themes to provide context for the discussions.
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
The participants will 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
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
Analysis and Lessons Learned