At the Climate Summit on 21 May 2019, the council committed to setting up a Youth Climate Panel and agreed that young people must play a key role in informing future plans to bring about a low carbon, resilient and attractive Gloucestershire where people want to live, work and visit.
Gloucestershire’s children and young people are the generation who will be most affected by our actions towards climate change, so it is vital they are fully involved with developing plans now.
The panel will give young people a voice on climate change issues, and the ability to influence how the county responds to the effects of climate change. The group will also help to achieve the county's targets on carbon reduction and assist in tackling the climate emergency.
Initially, the Youth Climate Panel will be made up of around 30 people, who will meet with Gloucestershire County Council officers on a regular basis to talk through and give feedback on aspects on the emerging Gloucestershire Climate Change Strategy.
The strategy will set out the plan for how the county will tackle the consequences of climate change, such as extreme weather. It will shape how partners can work collectively to reduce Gloucestershire’s carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2030, based on 2005 levels, and secure a carbon neutral (net zero) county by 2050.
We are looking for young people from a range of backgrounds across the county, who are passionate about climate change or interested in working with us to make change happen.
The deadline for completed applications is midnight 9 September 2019.
What about the public consultation?
A public consultation will be carried out in the near future to ensure everyone across the county has the opportunity to give their views on how to tackle the effects of climate change.