Scotland's Climate Assembly

7-8 November 2020  First meeting of the Assembly

‘How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?’

On the 7th & 8th November, Scotland’s Climate Assembly hosted Members at the first Assembly meeting. Members from age 16 to 82 joined experts and facilitators online to tackle the question with which they have been tasked. 


Extinction Rebellion, one of whose demands for some time has been the calling of Citizens' Assemblies to accelerate a serious response to climate change, has walked out of the Scottish Climate Assembly which has just held its first meeting.   Read more


Weekend 6    

Weekend Six of Scotland's Climate Assembly takes place this weekend on the 6th and 7th March.

This is the penultimate meeting of the Assembly. The members will be returning from the three streams to their full number, and bringing with them the initial goals and ideas they have developed. They'll be putting these suggestions to their fellow members, and beginning to decide which ideas they'd like to see carried forward.

Weekend five      20 & 21 February
Programme, report and video links.

Weekend four      23 & 24 January
Programme, report and video links.

Weekend 3 report and video links

Weekend 2 report and video links

Weekend 1 report and video links

All videos  (Scroll down for weekend 1)


The setting up of a citizens' Climate Assembly for Scotland, as required by the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Act 2019, began in September 2020 with the selection of 100 individuals as Assembly members to provide a representative sample of all sections of the population.  -   'A number of criteria will be used during the selection process including age, gender, ethnicity, disability, geography, rurality, household income, and attitude towards climate change.'

Meetings will be held, initially online, over six weekends from November 2020 to March 2021. The Assembly's deliberations will be guided by the question
'How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?'

Public consultation in the form of an 'ideas forum' ran from 9 to 26 October (it seems with very little publicity and limited response), and the forum 'results' are available in a rather confusing format  here  (filter by highest rated or most comments).  It is not clear if there will be any further public consultation.

More information is available on the Assembly's website at


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