The north east of England’s biggest Citizens’ Assembly on climate change to date releases its recommendations today.

The North of Tyne Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change saw fifty citizens in the region come together to discuss how the region can combat climate change. The Assembly, facilitated by non-profit Shared Future CIC on behalf of the North of Tyne Combined Authority (NTCA), started on 24 February and ended on 24 March, running for a total of 30 hours over eight sessions.   Assembly members, selected to reflect the diversity of the population, listened to and questioned a range of expert commentators before creating a set of recommendations to be taken to the NTCA Cabinet to consider.

North of Tyne Mayor Jamie Driscoll said: “The Citizens’ Assembly members have pooled their collective wisdom and produced a list of thirty recommendations which are in the report which will go to Cabinet. I was really excited to see the recommendations and was not disappointed. It’s fascinating to see what this representative group of people, just like you and me, want to see done. We’re already developing our action plan. It’s brilliant to see that there is already overlap with some existing projects in the region. Some bits will take longer than others to make happen, but we’ll consider them all. We’ll work closely with our partners and other organisations. This is a climate and ecological emergency and I want us to get cracking.”

The Assembly members shared ideas, deliberated on the issues, and came up with a set of thirty recommendations. Mayor Jamie Driscoll will take the recommendations to NTCA Cabinet of July 27.

You can download a copy of the Citizens’ Assembly report from For more information about the Citizens’ Assembly process and to watch videos from the Assembly sessions go to