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Copeland People's Panel on Climate Change

Copeland Council recognises that we all have a responsibility to respond to the emergency of climate change.

We have a Climate and Environment Policy, which guides our Climate Action Plan, which details changes we intend to make as an organisation.

But we aren't acting alone. Organisations across the borough are taking individual actions to tackle the issue - but we can all do more.

With the support of Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS), we have launched the Copeland People's Panel on Climate Change - a citizens' jury that will guide us and partner organisations on where our priorities should lie as we work towards our ambition of becoming a net-zero carbon borough.

What is a citizens' jury?

A citizens' jury is a panel made of up of members of the public that comes together to deliberate - and make recommendations - on a particular issue.

How will the Copeland People's Panel on Climate Change operate?

The citizens' jury is called the Copeland People's Panel on Climate Change.

It is made up of 30 randomly selected residents from Copeland who will meet on between eight and 10 occasions. Assisted by Shared Future (a social enterprise and social interest company), members will receive presentations from a range of experts on climate change and have the opportunity to ask questions and have discussions. 

The Panel will ultimately make a set of recommendations to Copeland Council - and potentially a range of other organisations - on how the borough can achieve net-zero.

Supporting the People's Panel is an Oversight Panel - a group of local stakeholders from a range of public and private sectors who will guide the People's Panel (while meeting separately) and actively support the successful implementation of the People's Panel's recommendations.

What is the timeframe?

The People's Panel will begin meeting in July and run until September. All meetings take place in the evening.

How can you get involved?

Through the independent organisation, the Sortition Foundation, 6,000 letters were sent to randomly selected addresses across Copeland inviting people to register their interest in joining the panel. The foundation then selected 30 people who reflect the diversity of the local population, both in terms of demographic make-up and opinions on climate change.

Further informtion about the selection and recruitment process is available. Please note the panel has is now running and no further recruitment will take place. 

How can I find out more?

For regular updates on the Copeland People’s Panel on Climate Change visit our Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn pages, YouTube channel, or sign-up to our residents' newsletter Copeland Matters. 

For direct links to presentations given to panel members please see below. 

Session 1 - Mike Starkie, Mayor of Copeland, and Councillor Andy Pratt, Portfolio Holder for Environment, joined the 29 panel members to set out their commitment to supporting the group, and any recommendations that they make, to address climate change in Copeland.

Session 2 - The panel heard from Dr. Cat Scott from the School of Earth & Environment, Leeds University and Dr. Paul Young from the Lancaster Environment Centre, Lancaster University, who gave an introduction to climate change and its impacts.

Funders and supporters

Some of our activities are funded by the National Lottery Community Fund and are part of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership’s ambitious emission reduction programme to make Cumbria carbon neutral by 2037. 

The Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership brings together over 70 organisations in the public, private, and third sectors and is jointly chaired by Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) and Cumbria County Council.

To achieve its goal, the partnership will be delivering a range of projects and activities, many of which have been inspired and developed by local communities. A number of these community-led projects and activities, including (the name of your project/organisation), have been made possible by a £2.5 million grant from the National Lottery Community Fund.

For more information about the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership, go to Zero Carbon Cumbria Programme - CAfS

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