Citizens' Assembly

A citizens' assembly brings together a randomly selected group of people who broadly represent the entire community. The people who attend learn about issues, discuss them with one another, and then make recommendations about what should happen and how things should change.

Herefordshire Citizens' Climate Assembly

In January 2022, the Herefordshire Citizens' Climate Assembly was held to discuss:

'How should Herefordshire meet the challenges of climate change?'

Participants were chosen from 14,400 households invited to register their interest. From those, 48 people were selected by an independent organisation called The Sortition Foundation, who made sure the final group represented the diversity of Herefordshire's population. A full report on the selection process is available on the Sortition Foundation website.

The assembly heard from expert speakers, discussed the issues involved and decided what steps should be taken. The recommendations will be used to influence council policy and spending priorities to help Herefordshire become a zero-carbon, nature-rich county by 2030.

In total, 35 recommendations were developed within the themes of buildings; transport; and food, farming and land-use. Individual assembly members then voted on the recommendations to form a priority ranking.


Illustrations by Sandra Howgate.

You can watch the recordings of the sessions.

When was the Citizens' Climate Assembly held?

The assembly sessions were held on:

  • Thursday 13 January
  • Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 January
  • Thursday 27 January
  • Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 January

You can read the speaker profiles 1 and speaker profiles 2.

Who is running the Citizens' Climate Assembly?

We asked Impact Consultancy & Research to establish and run the Citizens' Climate Assembly supported by Sortition and The Involve Foundation (known as Involve) who are the local government experts in this field.

Impact Consultancy undertakes research, evaluation and consultation helping organisations to re-think, develop and improve what they do and how they do it.

The Sortition Foundation promotes the use of stratified, random selection in decision-making. It is responsible for recruiting and randomly selecting people to take part in this assembly, in a way that is broadly representative of Herefordshire's population.

Herefordshire Citizens' Climate Assembly privacy notice