Have we already achieved our third demand? Many of you will know about Climate Assembly UK, a citizens’ assembly commissioned by six parliamentary select committees. Unfortunately the final session is on hold due to the current Covid 19 restrictions. Yet, even before the recommendations are heard, the assembly has already been hamstrung, principally by the following two factors:
- The assembly is working to a net zero target date of 2050 – which is way to late. 2050 provides less than a 50% chance of keeping global warming at 1.5 degrees.
- The is no government buy-in and they can completely ignore its outcomes
Read more in our letter to the Guardian on 27th Feb, 2020 ‘Why we need a new climate assembly’ signed by:
Dr David Booth School of life sciences, University of Dundee, Dr Gail Bradbrook Extinction Rebellion, Kevin Brennan MP Labour, Stella Creasy MP Labour, Dr Charlie Gardner Lecturer in conservation science, University of Kent, Prof Dave Goulson Professor of biology, University of Sussex, Dr Huw Griffiths Polar marine biologist, Ben Lake MP Plaid Cymru, Chris Law MP SNP, Clive Lewis MP Labour, Sarah Lunnon Extinction Rebellion, Bill McGuire Professor emeritus of geophysical and climate hazards, UCL, Anna McMorrin MP Labour, George Monbiot, Dr Lesley Morrison Retired GP, Chris Newman GP, Alex Penson Senior computational biologist, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Jamie Peters Director of campaigning impact, Friends of the Earth, Charles Secrett Independent adviser on Green New Deal, Tommy Sheppard MP SNP, Alex Sobel MP Labour; Chair of net zero all-party parliamentary group
We have also held a series of webinars about the UK Climate Assembly.