Norwich City Council has launched a new climate commission, and its new Co-chair is Tyndall Centre’s Asher Minns. The commission will provide leadership and advice regarding climate change and sustainability.
The new commission will have a shared responsibility to generate awareness and use of best practice in support of the city’s environmental targets, alongside researching and reviewing new issues in the interests of stimulating informed opinion and debate.
‘The view from up here, at the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, is the clear need for the Norwich Climate Commission, for place-based action. The Norwich Climate Commission will help engage, guide and empower citizens, communities and businesses with the zero carbon journey and towards better sustainability. Climate action brings benefits to the people & economy of Norwich,” said Asher.
The commission will produce position papers, actions plans and annual reports to be fed into the Norwich 2040 City Vision Covid Recovery Group and other key organisations, groups, networks and communities across the area.
Norwich joins a network of established and emerging commissions across the country. Leading the network is Professor Andy Gouldson of Leeds University, who established the first Commission 5 years ago, and who through PCAN supports the growing number of new Commissions now emerging across the UK. The Norwich Climate Change Commission will be co-chaired by Asher Minns at the UK’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, headquartered at UEA, and Louise Rawsthorne, executive director of community services at Norwich City Council.