Professor Graham Smith, Professor of Politics at the University of Westminster, wrote an article for The Conversation about the UK Climate Assembly’s (UKCA) recent report which discusses what kind of climate action the public wants to see. 

Graham Smith

Talking about the UKCA, Professor Smith said: “Step forward the UK Climate Assembly. Set up in June 2019 by six parliamentary select committees, the UKCA is a citizens’ assembly that brought together 108 people to learn about the climate crisis, deliberate and make recommendations for how the UK can reach its net zero target by 2050.”

Professor Smith discussed the report, later adding: “It’s impossible to do justice to a 550 page report in a short article. Perhaps the most interesting thing it has revealed is how citizens’ assemblies help us think differently about responding to the climate crisis. Amid often polarised political debate, ordinary people were able to judge evidence and ideas against their own experiences. They arrived at judgements that balanced competing values, such as freedom of choice and fairness to different social groups.”

Read the full article on The Conversation’s website.

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