Citizens' assembly meeting 2023


What is a Citizens’ Assembly?

The South Yorkshire Citizens’ Assembly on Climate followed an established democratic process that is used all over the world. Citizens Assemblies bring together a group of people selected by lottery, 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.  

The process in South Yorkshire consisted of a learning phase, a deliberation phase, and a decision-making phase, spread across 31 hours and 9 in person sessions. 100 people from across South Yorkshire took part, representative of all local authorities – Sheffield, Rotherham, Doncaster, and Barnsley – making up the final membership. The 100 members focussed on one overarching question: 

“The way our climate is changing will impact us all. How should we respond, to build a thriving and sustainable future for South Yorkshire?”. 

SYMCA is working through the outcomes which were more ambitious than expected, with plans to publish a considered response in the near future.

South Yorkshire Citizens' Assembly Selection Process