City of Wolverhampton Council has created a citizens’ assembly to help shape Wolverhampton’s response to climate change.

Following the council’s declaration of a climate emergency last year, a commitment was made to produce a climate change strategy which details how the council will reduce its CO2 levels to zero by 2028. 

Further to this, the council made a commitment to form a citizens’ assembly to enable Wolverhampton residents to play a role in how decisions are made by their elected representatives as part of the development of the city’s response to climate change.

A small scale citizens’ assembly was launched yesterday (Monday 3 February) and 2 workshop sessions will take place on 14 and 21 February.

The assembly will ensure residents of Wolverhampton will have a key role in developing a plan to reduce climate emissions. 

Consultants ‘Britain Thinks’ is supporting the council with the delivery of the assembly, having recently led on climate assemblies for the Green Alliance and the National Infrastructure Commission. 

Councillor Ian Brookfield, Leader of City of Wolverhampton Council said: “Climate change is one of the great challenges of our generation and endangers our planet, our nation and our city. 

“It’s an important and growing priority for all Wulfrunians but especially our younger generations who are key to the future success of our city. 

“That is why I made Climate Change one of my 3 key priorities as Leader of the Council. 

“As a council, we recognise that tackling this challenge requires a whole city approach, working together with communities to safeguard the health, safety and wellbeing of our city and the future generations that will inherit it.

“This assembly is the first step to shaping that approach and I look forward to working with our citizens to do the best we can for our city.”