IOM Climate Change Citizens’ Forum: NEEDS YOU

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Introducing the Citizens’ Forum on Climate Change 

This is all part of the master plan for the Island to be a net zero-carbon nation within the next 30 years, which you can read more about here. 

 

Back in 2019, the Chief Minister recognised the global climate change emergency and made a commitment for the Isle of Man to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, a considerable undertaking!

A citizens’ forum is a relatively new concept for our Government, A citizens’ forum is a group of people who are brought together to learn about and discuss an issue or issues, and reach conclusions about what they think should happen.

Essentially, members of the forum will act as a sounding board for the Climate Change Transformation Board, representing the diverse views and opinions of the Great Manx public.

This is an open invitation to proactively engage with and challenge Government for the ultimate goal of implementing climate actions and effecting change. 

An opportunity to REPRESENT 

Young people have been vital in local and global climate activism and it’s important that they get involved here, too. As Whitney said, “I believe the children are our future…”

After all, the discussion will be around how the Island will hit the ambitious net-zero target in the next 30 years. 

Imagine being in 2050 when the target has been hit, sitting down with your kids and/or grandkids on a hover armchair (we can only hope) being able to tell them that you had a small but significant role in making sure this world didn’t turn into one big fiery pit.

As well as engaging with the Island’s younglings, the Government wants people on all levels of the climate change spectrum, even if you are yet to fully form your opinion. This is an issue that affects us all which is why a wide range of views is necessary.

So what does it involve?

If you get the call up to the forum, you’ll join 11 other selected applicants and 24 people invited or selected at random from the electoral register. 

You’ll meet online or in-person approx. 4 times throughout the year.

The forum will be chaired by Ralph Peake MHK, and Jane Poole-Wilson MLC will be Vice-Chair, in their capacity as members of the Climate Change Transformation Board. The citizens’ forum will help to accelerate the decision making that will effectively combat the climate crisis, and it would be great to get as many young voices heard as possible. 

Sign me up

If you’re wanting to help make a change and share your views and experiences and can commit to a small number of meetings over the next 12 months, you can apply by following the below link. This is your chance to represent your community and help shape the Isle of Man’s response to climate change.

Signing up is pretty painless, just a few simple questions on an online form, no CV or essays required.

https://www.gov.im/citizensforum 

Be sure to apply before the deadline on the 11th of October, the first meeting will follow on the 27th.

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