Shaddongate Resource Centre
Carlisle, CA2 5TY
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 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, 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 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 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
|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
Centre for Alternative Technology
Mapping - where you are on the climate response journey
Taking Rapid, Meaningful Action
Climate & ecological emergencies - so far
The picture across Cumbria - who's delcared and who's considering it
Chief exec, CAfS
& other speaker TBC
Responding to a climate & ecological emergency - first steps
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
Stroud District Council
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
Setting up Citizens' Assemblies / Juries, including:
CASE STUDY: Public engagement
Practical example of setting up a citizen's assembly
Shared Future CIC
Communication & campaigning
The role of mass campaigns & actions, including:
Learning & Collaboration
Opportunities for collaboration around Cumbria & beyond, with many groups and locations on parallel journeys:
|4.30pm||OPTIONAL: Stay on for some socialising|
This summit takes place at a critical time on climate action, including the following key milestones:
- Friday 20th Sept: Youth-led climate strikes and actions
- Saturday 21st Sept: European Day of Sustainable Communities
- Monday 23rd Sept: Actions against financial institutions
- Wednesday 25th Sept: Release of IPCC Special Report on Ocean and Cryosphere
- Friday 27th Sept: Global General Strike
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: