With 420 Islanders already having expressed an interest in taking part in the Citizens’ Assembly, invitees are being reminded that they have until midnight on Monday 15 February to say if they’d like to be in with a chance to be chosen.
Invitations were sent to 9,000 households on 1 February, inviting them to take part in the assembly, which will consider how Jersey should deal with climate change and then make recommendations which will be presented to the States Assembly.
Once applications close on Monday, 45 people who reflect the demographics of the Island will be selected. Between March and May, the Citizens’ Assembly will meet 14 times to learn more about climate change and develop its recommendations.
All Islanders are still able to contribute to the debate by submitting ideas and comments as part of the Climate Conversation. This six-week project focuses on different areas every week and invites Islanders to discuss the ideas raised.
To date, 50 ideas have been submitted to the Climate Conversation website and 150 comments have been made.
Next week, Jersey’s Climate Conversation will focus on and travel, asking Islanders: are there better ways to travel around Jersey? New information, resources and information will be uploaded to the website, and people are encouraged to discuss them with family and friends, colleagues and neighbours.
Assistant Minister for the Environment, Deputy Jess Perchard, said: “We’re entering the third week of Jersey’s Climate Conversation campaign and, so far, have had a fantastic response from the community. I’ve been hugely encouraged by the responses from islanders and the range of innovative suggestions made on climateconversation.je. “This dialogue with islanders is intended to enthuse others to explore actions they can take as individuals so that our whole community can work together towards our aim of being carbon neutral by 2030. This is the essence of the people-powered approach; it’s less about Government imposing change and more about the people advancing it. It’s an opportunity for us to inspire each other to make small changes that will have a big impact. “This is also a platform where islanders could have a direct impact on the policy discussions that will follow the campaign, and I would encourage organisations and individuals with an interest to register on the site and share their perspectives. “For any Islanders who are concerned about traffic, pollution or road use, week 3 of the Jersey Climate Conversation is your week, so talk to your families and friends, and register on the website to share your thoughts.”
Islanders can take part in the Climate Conversation online.