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Cumbria Climate Emergency Action Summit
Cumbria Action for Sustainability
If a climate emergency has been declared or is being considered in your area, this is exactly the event you need.
Ticket prices
Adult £ 10.00
September 21st, 2019 9:30 AM   through   4:30 PM
Cumbria CVS
Shaddongate Resource Centre
Carlisle, CA2 5TY
United Kingdom
Cumbria Climate Emergency Action Summit

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Come and hear from some of the best speakers in the country to help you plan next steps. 

This event, sponsored by Ecology Building Society, has been designed specifically for the needs of:

  • Local authorities at all levels
  • Community environmental/sustainability groups
  • Environmental campaigners
  • Environment and conservation charities

Many districts are grappling with what to actually do after declaring a climate emergency – what actions to take, whether to set up a citizens’ assembly, how to engage the public, what partners to involve. This event aims to answer those questions, drawing from the experience and knowledge of experts and those who’ve begun the journey. 

We’ve assembled a superb line-up of speakers, covering the key things you want to know, including:

Simon Pickering, Stroud District CouncilSimon Pickering, Stroud District Council

Stroud was famously ahead of the curve on cutting emissions, the first council in Europe to declare itself carbon neutral, back in 2015. Simon had an instrumental role to play in driving the council’s actions, as chair of its environment committee. He’ll share his advice on creating an implementation plan.


Pete Bryant, Shared Future CICPete Bryant, chief executive of Shared Future CIC

Pete is a national expert in citizens’ assemblies/juries, and has been at the forefront of organising and running these engagement forums on a wide range of topics across the UK for the past 15 years. He’s currently lead facilitator for the Leeds Climate Change Citizens’ Jury and has a lot of practical advice to share.


Paul Allen, Centre for Alternative TechnologyPaul Allen, Centre for Alternative Technology

For the past decade, Paul has been coordinating ground-breaking research into how the UK can be zero carbon with technology we already have. His seminal Zero Carbon Britain report is being updated right now, and Paul will share the very latest information on what needs to happen nationally and locally. 



Ada WoodAda Wood, Youth Climate Activist

13-year-old Ada will voice the fears and hopes of young people and the strong, rapid action she wants to see to ensure a livable planet for her generation and for the future.


Summit key topics at a glance

  • Zero Carbon Britain – the vision and how we can get there
  • Developing an implementation plan after declaring a climate emergency
  • Building a local partnership to help deliver actions
  • Citizens’ assemblies/juries
  • Communication and engagement with the public
  • Campaigning

Summit agenda

9.30am Registration, refreshments & networking  
10am Introduction & the need for urgent action CAfS & Ada Wood

The Reality of the Climate Crisis & Available Solutions


Keynote address: Zero Carbon Britain

  • Climate crisis context
  • Vision for the future
  • Solutions for getting to net zero
  • Process / strategy

Paul Allen

Centre for Alternative Technology

11am Q&A Paul Allen


Mapping - where you are on the climate response journey

Paul Allen
11.30am Break  

Taking Rapid, Meaningful Action


Climate & ecological emergencies - so far

The picture across Cumbria - who's delcared and who's considering it

Hazel Graham

Chief exec, CAfS

& other speaker TBC


Responding to a climate & ecological emergency - first steps

  • What next? after a climate emergency declaration
  • Developing an action / implementation plan
  • Developing a local roadmap / process steps
  • The need to building a broad-based movement
  • Carbon & climate literacy training

CASE STUDY: Local authority response to a climate emergency declaration

Early steps taken by a local authority in the critical days & weeks following a declaration

Simon Pickering

Stroud District Council

1pm Lunch  

Building Partnerships & Engaging the Public


Developing a Broad-based Partnership

Local authority engagement to form a climate partnership, including with major business / industrial sectors (e.g. transport, farmers, food & beverage, retail, tourism), sustainability groups, etc.

CASE STUDY: Developing a climate partnership

Building an effective partnership to respond to a climate emergency declaration

Hazel Graham



Citizens' Assemblies

Setting up Citizens' Assemblies / Juries, including:

  • Set-up / make-up / role
  • Experience from elsewhere
  • Youth assemblies
  • Maximising the contribution from public 'talent' in your area, including professional and community expertise and experience

CASE STUDY: Public engagement

Practical example of setting up a citizen's assembly

Pete Bryant

Shared Future CIC

3.30pm Break  

Communication & campaigning


Effective Communication

  • What your communications should aim to achieve
  • Who you need to reach, why & how
  • Planning your communications

Jaki Bell




The role of mass campaigns & actions, including:

  • Brief update on International Climate Strikes, Youth Strikes 4 Climate, Extinction Rebellion & others
  • Media engagement: opportunities, experiences, lessons

Learning & Collaboration

Opportunities for collaboration around Cumbria & beyond, with many groups and locations on parallel journeys:

  • Sharing ideas, learning from others
  • Resources
  • Synergies
  • Measuring & evaluating progress
  • Continuous improvement
  • Further support available via CAfS

Nigel Jenkins



Summit conclusion

Climate optimism!

Nigel Jenkins


4.30pm OPTIONAL: Stay on for some socialising   





This summit takes place at a critical time on climate action, including the following key milestones:


Things to know before you book:

Accessibility: This event takes place at Cumbria CVS' Shaddongate Resource Centre, which is a fully-acccessible venue. Please contact CAfS to discuss any special requests related to accessible parking / drop-offs.
Timings: Arrivals and registrations are from 9:30am onwards, for a prompt start to the programme at 10am. Please plan to arrive in plenty of time!
Catering: The summit will include a simple low carbon vegetarian / vegan buffet lunch. For other refreshments please bring your own mug for hot drinks plus a reusable water bottle!


We are hugely grateful to the Ecology Building Society for fully sponsoring this keynote event.


This event is part of the Cumbria Green Build & Sustainable Living Festival 2019. Thank you to our headline sponsor:


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Phone: 01768 210276
Event information
Type Course
Category Cumbria Green Build & Sustainable Living Festival
Audience Open to all
Topic Climate change & sustainability
Funders Ecology Building Society, Electricity North West

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