Warwick District climate assembly brought together 30 randomly selected residents from across the Warwick district city region between November 2020 and February 2021, to figure out what Warwick district could do about the emergency of climate change.
Problems and Purpose
The group met for some thirty hours of deliberation over the course of ten sessions to answer the question what do they need to do in the Warwick District to help address Climate Change by 2030
Background History and Context
Warwick District declared a Climate Emergency in June 2019 and did not want the declaration to be empty words. Instead, along with many others in the District, Warwick District has been keen to do what it can to combat climate change and reduce its carbon footprint. Although work is progressing on a number of projects, the People’s Inquiry has been an important part of helping to shape Warwick District's current work and future plans.
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
A random selection of 5,000 residents was sent letters asking whether they would like to take part in our inquiry. 500 responses were received from which thirty people were selected who reflected the district’s population in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, geography and attitude to climate change.
Methods and Tools Used
Participants deliberations, voting, questions and answers and expert presentations.
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
During a period of three months, the group have participated in a series of ten sessions led by independent facilitators, Shared Future to discuss topics ranging from the science behind climate change and practical options for how we can make a difference locally to home energy and the impact of industry, business and transport.
The 30 members of the Jury heard from a series of expert commentators to help them answer the question "What do we need to do in Warwick district to help address climate change by 2030."
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
This Plan will enable the Council to be carbon-neutral by 2025 and help the district to also be carbon neutral by 2030, plus make necessary local preparations for climate disasters such as flooding. Investment today will help our communities ‘face the future’ with confidence.
Analysis and Lessons Learned