Written evidence submitted by Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) (CAUK0007)






1.    Has Climate Assembly UK (both its process and recommendations) been helpful to your work (or the work of your organisation), and if so, how?


2.    What impact has Climate Assembly UK had across your sector, and more widely?

3.    How do you perceive Climate Assembly UK to have affected the work of Government since the Assembly’s report was published (10 September 2020)? To what extent do the Government’s actions since then reflect Climate Assembly UK’s recommendations?

4.    What would a good response to Climate Assembly UK from the Government look like? What would a good response from Parliament look like?

Too often, we find ourselves in echo chambersThe assembly’s work provided a rare opportunity to hear some of the quiet voices of people who had been given the information and had time to consider their recommendations.” Lilian Greenwood MP

“…public acceptance of the huge changes required will be critical to their success. If we do not bring the public with us, the best laid plans will be doomed to failure.” Jerome Mayhew MP

The transition to a low-carbon economy is unavoidable, but the pace at which it happens in a democracy like ours and the extent to which it is orderly depends on the consent and, indeed, the active involvement of people and places.” Matthew Pennycook MP

“Education and information: there is a need for information and education for everyone – individuals, businesses, government and others – about climate change and the steps needed to tackle it. It is essential for buy-in to the changes that are needed.”

“Awareness of the severity of the issue is essential. There are many people who aren’t aware of the change that is needed. Much of the information we see is about the global situation. We need to hear more about the impact this will have locally and what role people can play in making change happen.” Jurors of the South Wales Valleys Climate and Fairness Panel

“Communication is key to ensuring that good decisions are made and that the decision makers are held to account. How information is communicated should be tailored to meet the needs of different people within our communities. Information sharing should be two-way and there should be more accessible means of engagement.” Jurors of the Aberdeenshire Climate and Fairness Panel



The Environmental Justice Commission was created in 2019 with the aim of working with people across the UK to develop policies and ideas that will tackle the climate crisis and restore nature as quickly and fairly as possible, and that put people and fairness at the heart of the response to the climate and nature emergencies. The Commission is co-chaired by Hilary Benn MP, Laura Sandys and Caroline Lucas MP, leading politicians from the Labour, Conservative and Green Parties. 


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May 2021