How can Hackney prepare for extreme heat waves in a fair way?

Hackney Citizens’ Climate Jury
Hackney Marshes at Sunset
Hackney Council, Sortition Foundation
6 Months

The impacts of climate change are already here and are set to get more severe. In the UK, 2022 was the hottest year on record with temperatures passing 40 degrees Celcius for the first time.

Extreme heat can be dangerous, particularly for those who live in cities. Older adults, babies and children and those living with a long-term health condition or disability can be more at risk.

Hackney Council want to ensure that everything they do to respond to climate change is guided by fairness. That’s why they are holding their first Citizens’ Climate Jury to answer the question:

How can Hackney Council make sure that residents, especially those who are most affected, are protected from very hot weather as our climate changes?

Hackney Council are working closely with Involve and the Sortition Foundation to design and deliver the citizens’ jury. It’s an important part of Hackney’s engagement with the public as they figure out how best to achieve their Climate Action Plan.

A group of 15 residents will be selected to take part in the jury who are broadly reflective of the Hackney population. Participants will meet for four sessions where they will hear evidence, discuss climate issues and make a series of recommendations on what action should be taken. 

The jury will work together to shape the steps the council and others can take to prepare for a changing climate. The jury’s work will make sure the council’s climate response is fair and takes into account the needs of all residents, particularly those most impacted by extreme heat.

The Hackney Citizens’ Climate Jury will meet over four evenings in April and May 2024.

At the end of the process, the jury will make recommendations which will inform how the Council prepares for extreme heat to ensure residents can adapt to the impact of climate change.

This process will enable Hackney Council to design climate policies that positively impact protected groups, with a view to becoming a national model for just climate action that is inclusive.

Photo of Hackney Marshes by Rowan Freeman on Unsplash