Brent to hold ‘Climate Assembly’ to hear residents’ recommendations for dealing with the climate crisis

Cllr Krupa Sheth sowing wildflowers. Picture: Brent Council

Cllr Krupa Sheth sowing wildflowers. Picture: Brent Council - Credit: Archant

Brent Council has announced it will follow the lead of Camden and hold a Climate Assembly to hear residents’ views and ideas about the climate emergency.

Wembley's arch will go green to mark news that Brent Council will follow the lead of Camden and hold a Climate Assembly to hear residents' views and ideas about the climate emergency.

An independent research group will recruit 50 residents chosen to reflect the borough's diversity who will then take part in a series of workshops during November and December aiming to come up with ideas before making recommendations to the Town Hall. These will be considered by Brent's cabinet in in early 2020.

Brent Youth Parliament will also be holding an October 26 event to discuss the climate crisis - they will also make recommendations to the council.

Brent is also launching a new website focussed on the climate emergency, while it has turned its social media presence green to commemorate this.

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Over the summer, neighbouring Camden held the country's first Citizen's Assemblies over three events.

Then, at a council meeting earlier this month, the assembly fed back a series of recommendations to the town hall - including encouraging low-carbon dietary choices, ensuring all newly build homes are carbon-neutral and increasing the amount of greenery on the borough's streets.

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Cllr Krupa Sheth, the town hall's environment chief said it was "crucial" to create spaces for residents' voices to be heard and added: "Global heating is predicted to have devastating consequences for all of us.".

In July, the Council joined more than 200 other local authorities in declaring a Climate Emergency and pledged "to do all in its gift" to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Terry Parker, chief exec of Traverse - the company running the project for Brent - said: "We believe that the best policy is made together with the people it affects, so we're delighted to be working with Brent Council in this pioneering action to hear from citizens how they want to address the climate emergency."

Ongoing green policies in the borough include a diesel levy on parking permits and the creation of an eight mile 'bee corridor' for the insects.

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