What should Kendal do about climate change?

A great many of us in Kendal are worried about climate change. What are the impacts? What should we do? Who should do what? What can I do? These are just some of the questions we need to answer.

In April 2019 Kendal Town Council declared a climate emergency and now we are actively finding out what the public thinks via the UK’s first ever Climate Change Citizens’ Jury at town level.

Leeds Citizens' Jury
Leeds Citizens' Jury

Together with a fantastic Crowdfunder response, funding was received from Kendal Town Council, South Lakeland District Council and Cumbria County Council. Read the full business case here.

Work is now complete to recruit a group of 20 local residents who will be a mini version of Kendal’s public, with a range of ages and opinions on climate change from across the town. The jury will meet over nine online sessions between July and September and hear from a range of experts, who they will question, before deciding on a set of recommendations on what Kendal should do about the emergency of climate change.

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Kendal Citizens' Jury


What should Kendal do about climate change? We are seeking public opinion via the UK’s first ever Climate Change Citizens’ Jury at town level.

Kendal Citizens' Jury

Kendal Citizens' Jury

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All twenty jury members met for the first time last Thursday. The participants ranging in age from our youngest participants aged 17 to our oldest…

Kendal Citizens' Jury

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Pete Bryant, one of the jury facilitators spoke on BBC radio this morning about the process. 3 hours 42 minutes in....

Words of encouragement from the Crowdfunder campaign

“We see it as a fantastic opportunity to empower the local community. As a small business we rely on a thriving town and the citizens’ jury will help.”

Miller Clear Architects

“This is a great idea. The best solutions to the climate emergency will be the ones we discover together as a community.”


“Tackling climate change is essential for the future of our planet. Think globally, act locally. “


” A citizens’ jury is an excellent example of democracy in action, a bottom up approach. A jury on Climate Change is of vital importance just now.”


“We know to make any impact on human behaviour regarding ecological collapse and climate emergency we have to work together.”

Beetham Holiday Homes

“We are more than happy to support you with such an important issue”

Penningtons (Kendal) ltd

“I value this opportunity for members of the community to listen, discuss, reflect and advise on this most vital and urgent issue of the effects of climate change on our world.”


“One practical way in which politicians could explore the public mandate for action and develop meaningful policy solutions is through greater use of deliberative processes such as citizens assemblies. Rebecca Willis – Kendal Mountain Festival agree with this.”

Kendal Mountain Festival