Glasgow City Council declared a climate and ecological emergency in May 2019, with a target to become a net zero city by 2030. As hosts of the UN Climate Change Conference known as COP26, Glasgow has the opportunity to showcase its commitment to reaching net zero on a global stage and catalyse efforts towards this ambitious target. To succeed, Glasgow will need everyone’s participation. The city council have commissioned Ipsos MORI to design and facilitate a Citizens’ Assembly to hear from people living across the city and understand how the city can work together to become a net zero city in a way that is inclusive, fair, and respectful to everyone.
Working with the Sortition Foundation, we have recruited a diverse and representative group of 50 Glasgow residents through the electoral roll. Over five sessions, they will learn, deliberate and discuss how the city can make a ‘just transition’ to net zero by 2030 through a mix of expert presentations, question and answer sessions, and small group discussions. At the end of the process, participants will produce recommendations for the city council .
The Citizens’ Assembly’s recommendations will give Glasgow City Council a clear direction for realising the legacy of COP26 and how the people of Glasgow want the city to reach net zero by 2030.
For more information about Glasgow City Council’s COP26 Citizens’ Assembly, and to follow the latest as the sessions take place, please visit the council’s website.