Campaigners want our ideas to tackle Dorset's climate emergency

Campaigners want our ideas to tackle Dorset's climate emergency

Published by George Sharpe at 1:37pm 30th January 2020.

Environmental campaigners in Dorset want our ideas for tackling climate change.

Extinction Rebellion are holding three People's Assembles in Weymouth, Portland and Dorchester next month.

It's in response to Dorset Council's call for local residents to submit their thoughts on how the local authority can tackle the climate emergency.

climate change protest in Dorchester Extinction Rebellion

The local authority declared a Climate and Ecological emergency in May 2019. 

Bringing the community together in a bid to help, Extinction Rebellion are working with Transition Towns and Sustainable Dorset to host three People's Assembly meetings. 

Penny Quilter, a Weymouth member of Extinction Rebellion says it's a forum for people to have a real say: 

“People Assembly’s are just rather exciting things to be part of, and it’s a great way for everybody to come together and be heard and be part of democracy, which a lot of us feel rather alienated from.”

Extinction Rebellion Dorchester

There's three events taking place in February around the county:

  • Portland at Easton Methodist Hall on the 10th February 7-9pm.
  • Dorchester at Dorford Centre on 17th February 1-3pm.
  • Weymouth at The Pavilion in the Ocean room on 19th February 1-3pm.

Extinction Rebellion are aware the last two dates are in half term and will be holding child friendly activities

They believe it is important for people of all ages to voice their opinions.

A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion Dorchester said:

"People's Assembly are a way for a group of people to discuss issues or make decisions collectively, so that all voices are heard and valued equally and no one person or group is able to dominate the process.

"They are a fine example of participatory democracy processes that are successful in generating ideas, gathering feedback and making decisions."