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.

Citizens’ Jury Community Survey

A group of local, experienced research volunteers is evaluating the Citizens’ Jury. As part of this, they are carrying out a community survey to find out what local people think about the Citizens’ Jury. If you have time, they would be very grateful if you could complete the online questionnaire.

Kendal Citizens' Jury Facebook Feed

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

3 weeks 6 days ago

Brilliant news! Our Crowdfunder campaign to launch the next phase of this exciting project has exceeded its target. Thank you Kendal! 👏 mailchi.mp/6568dce43776/thank-you-kendal

Kendal Citizens' Jury

4 weeks 2 days ago

Just one day left to support the next step for Kendal Climate Change Citizens' Jury!

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.”

Celia Forsyth

“Pleased to see Kendal taking the Climate Emergency seriously and engaging local people to develop solutions that are sustainable.”

Annabel Burn

“Let’s make this the first of many in this country.”

Jonathan Noblett

“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.”

Jane Willis

“A good initiative that I hope will get more people thinking seriously about what they can do to help combat climate change”

John Nash

“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.”

Elizabeth Jones

“Fully supportive of a citizens jury, really hope this happens and that we collectively and locally find a way to live more sustainably.”

Tommy Burnett

“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

“Good to see Kendal and Cumbria leading the way ”

Annette Hennessy