Follow along with the UK’s Climate Assembly

The UK’s first national Climate Assembly kicks off this weekend, and mySociety have played a small part in its logistics, building the website which will enable everyone to follow along with the proceedings.

The Assembly will bring together 110 randomly selected citizens representing the UK population in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, education, location and views on the climate, to take in balanced evidence from experts and then agree what needs to be put in place to achieve net zero carbon emissions for the country by 2050.

From Saturday, you’ll be able to watch a livestream of the Assembly as it progresses in Birmingham. The site also provides information on how the Assembly has been set up and who is involved — and afterwards will act as a permanent home for videos and transcripts of the presentations and the conclusions the Assembly comes to.

While we manage the website, the actual Assembly is being run by Involve, and will take place over four weekends. The Sortition Foundation are responsible for recruiting a representative set of people. The end product of the Assembly will be a report, containing the recommendations that have been agreed by the assembly members. This will go back to the six select committees who commissioned the Assembly, in the hope of informing parliamentary legislation — and you’ll also be able to see it on the website once it’s completed.

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  1. FYI, I sent the following information to info@climateassembly.uk
    I hope the selected delegates find time to discuss the issue. Thank you for organising the assembly.
    Best wishes,
    Dave Hughes
    Cheltenham
    ………………………………………………………………….
    Dear Climate Assembly,
    As the BBC’s PM programme has made abundantly clear, tree planting is a key ingredient in the fight against climate change, and the sooner and faster afforestation occurs the better. However, it takes 10 years for trees to reach their most productive stage of carbon capture. There is another method of extracting CO2 from the atmosphere which has existed since 2015: Direct Air Capture (DAC), an industrial process developed in Canada (for details see, https://carbonengineering.com/our-technology/). The extraction cost at scale is approximately £76 (US$100) per ton of CO2. At present we annually add some 40 billion tons of CO2 to the Earth’s atmosphere (source of figure, https://slate.com/technology/2014/08/atmospheric-co2-humans-put-40-billion-tons-into-the-air-annually.html). Removing one year’s worth of CO2 using DAC would therefore cost about £3 trillion (US$4 trillion). For comparison, last year the world’s total wealth was £241tn (US$317tn) (source of figure, https://qz.com/1501511/the-world-generated-14-trillion-in-wealth-last-year-heres-the-story-in-five-charts/).

    Using DAC now at scale would not only halt climate change (buying us time until all the trees we need are planted and emissions have reached net-zero), it could also reverse the climate emergency, taking us back towards a safer level of atmospheric CO2.

    Perhaps you could consider this option in your assembly.

  2. If we are running out of time and it is such an emergency it is a pity the bloody assembly broadcast still has not started. 10 minutes late and counting.

  3. The bigger questions are …

    -what facts, potential solutions and difficulties were presented to participants?

    – what is the framework for a so called structured process to agree the best path to net zero carbon for the country?.

    Without clarity on these issues there can only be lots of doubt about the efficacy of methods and useful of any results.

  4. My email to wu=ith questions to – ‘info@climateassembly.uk’

    Dear Citizens Climate assembly team,

    I am very concerned about what facts, potential solutions and difficulties are being presented to participants at the Citizens Climate assembly?

    This includes concerns about the framework for a so called structured process to agree the best path to net zero carbon for the country? Without clarity on these issues there can only be lots of doubt about the efficacy of methods and usefulness of any results.

    If the approach is too academic and not grounded it can risk deriving skewed and unhelpful and workable outcomes.

    Plus, I note from https://www.climateassembly.uk/detail/academicpanel/ and http://www.climateassembly.uk/detail/expertleads/ that you have pulled and put together an approach and information from the establishment? Why?

    Where are the Citizens Scientist or Independents who have no allegiance to peers, organisations or established sentiment? I note your academic panel does not include a single ‘green’ or ecological economist?

    Can I also share with you an approach at the attached that I hope you might be able to introduce into the assembly process in a suitable way. Unless it is has already been included – has it?

    I look forward to your reply.

    Yours sincerely
    Daniel Lee
    Independent Citizens Scientist.

  5. Seems very one sided. With no alternate view I fear a cure which will be worse than the sickness.