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Tackling the climate & ecological emergency together

Dorset Peoples Assemblies on Climate Emergency

Dorset Council declared a climate emergency in May 2019 and have spent the past 18 months gathering “facts” and writing a strategy and action plan.

Dorset Council recognise that global warming, climate change and species loss is real. In their strategy they state, “we have only 8-10 years at the current rate, within which serious action is required to avert this crisis and avoid the worst impacts.”

Dorset Council believes we have less than a decade to drastically reduce our carbon emissions and prevent further wildlife loss. However, the strategy and action plan works to a 20 year timeframe to become a net zero carbon Council, and 30 years to be a net zero carbon county. There is a disconnect between what Dorset Council say and what they intend to do.

Dorset Council’s Public Consultation on the strategy and action plan is now open and will close on 20th January 2021.

The Assemblies

The People’s Assemblies will provide an opportunity for you to talk with other people across Dorset about the emergency and Dorset Council’s response to it.

The consultation is our chance to tell the Council what we think of the action plan.

  • Does it reflect the urgency they say is needed?
  • Is this an emergency response that will keep us our communities and our environment safe and secure?
  • What’s missing?

If you are unsure about the effects of the climate and ecological emergency, or want to know more about the facts and the science, this video might be useful: Climate & Ecological Emergency: What’s the Urgency?

What happens after the Assemblies?

During the Assemblies we will collect everyone's comments, opinions, ideas, fears, and questions. We will put them all together in a summary and submit them to the formal Dorset Council consultation process, on behalf of the Assembly participants. This means that everyone's contribution will be heard by the Council. We also encourage everyone to make their own individual submission - and if you're not sure how to do that, we will be covering it in the Assembly.

Join us and lend your voice to this historical consultation

The People’s Assemblies are being organised, facilitated and supported by a number of groups in Dorset including; 

Dorset Climate Action Network
Transition Towns Network
Sustainable Dorset
Friends of the Earth East Dorset
Planet Purbeck
Planet Shaftesbury
Extinction Rebellion
South Coast Progressives
Portland 4 the Planet

Dorchester Churches' Ecology Group

The more people who come to these assemblies the more weight our collective voice will have in the final consideration Dorset Council give to OUR action plan. Everyone is welcome.



Young People's Assembly Dates


Day and DateTime
Mon 30 November7.30pm
Wed 2 December1.00pm

You only need to attend one session as they are both the same. They are scheduled for approx. 90 minutes, plus option to stay on for informal chat afterwards (up to 30 minutes).

How to access:

Click for Zoom Link:

Copy and paste: 
Phone in on 0203 901 7895 and enter ID 853 9969 4343

The Assemblies will be online via Zoom, you do not need to install any software to join a session. Just click on or copy the link above for the session you want to attend, shortly before the start time. You can join from any internet-enabled device. Alternatively, you can also simply phone in (no video or internet required), please dial 0203 901 7895 and when prompted enter the meeting idea number: 853 9969 4343

For more info or general enquires please contact:

Caz Dennett | 07540 997717 |

Julie-Ann Booker | 07771 847333 |


Above: People's Assembly for Dorset Council Climate Ideas Consultation, Weymouth, Feb 2020

Draft Action Plans

To prepare for the sessions and to participate in the consultation you may find it useful to review the draft action plans, which are organised by topic on Dorset Council’s website:

Natural assets
Renewable energy
Food and drink
Making it happen

Or visit Dorset Council’s Climate and Ecological Strategy page to read the full document.


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