UK’s climate assembly prepares for first meeting

A citizens’ assembly of people from across the UK will meet for the first time this weekend to discuss policies to reach net-zero emissions by 2050, as part of a parliament-backed project to democratise green decision making.

The assembly, which will see 110 people meet over four weekends, will produce a report for consideration by six parliamentary committees, but has come under fire from climate campaigners Extinction Rebellion for not being commissioned by the government itself.

“The government is yet to acknowledge Climate Assembly UK,” meaning it “can completely ignore its outcomes”, the group said in a statement. “As the composition of the select committees has changed following the general election, there is also no guarantee that they will take the recommendations of Climate Assembly UK forward in the form of an inquiry.”

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