Climate Policy
to the People


Climate Citizens is a project run out of Lancaster University aiming to change how people engage with the creation of climate policy. We want to transform climate policy from something that happens to people, to something that happens with people.

In September 2020, Climate Assembly UK, the Citizens’ Assembly commissioned by Parliament, launched its findings. Recent months have also seen an upsurge of Assemblies and Juries at local level. These innovative deliberative events are re-defining how the public engage in climate decision-making. The next step is to move beyond one-off events and embed meaningful two-way communication between the Government and citizens into the policymaking process.

Climate Citizens aims to take that next step.

Latest news

See what we have been up to recently

Shared Future
18 Nov
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Professor Willis joined a panel hosted by The Conversation to discuss the outcomes of the COP26 climate summit and what comes next for climate politics. She was joined on the panel by:

  • Professor Corinne Le Quéré, University of East Anglia

  • Professor Michael Jacobs, University of Sheffield

  • Dr Michelle Cain, Cranfield University

The panel was hosted by The Conversation Environment and Energy Editor, Will de Freitas.

You can watch the panel discussion here.
08 Jul
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We launched Climate citizens with a panel discussion on 8 July 2021. Speakers included:

  • Rebecca Willis, Lancaster University (chair)

  • Lilian Greenwood MP

  • Marc Robson, participant, Climate Assembly UK

  • Guy Newey, Energy Systems Catapult

  • Indra Thillainathan, Climate Change Committee

  • Rachel Coxcoon, Lancaster University

Here's a video of the launch.

Mdbeckwith, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
12 Jun
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The Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Select Committee is a group of MPs whose job is to scrutinise the work BEIS, the government department primarily responsible for climate policy.

The BEIS Select Committee was one of several committees to commissions Climate Assembly UK. They are currently doing work to look at the impact of the Climate Assembly and how different stakeholders, including the Government, have used the Assembly findings.

Following our submission to the Committees call for evidence, project lead Rebecca Willis was invited to give oral evidence.

You can watch the full recording of the evidence session with this link.

You can find more information about the committees inquiry into the Climate Assembly with this link.

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Photo credit: Shared Futures