Chesham Community Assembly
Talking about the Climate Emergency
Formed by one of our core members, Vicki, to support Chesham Town Council’s Action Plan to tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency locally, Chesham’s Community Assembly aims to stimulate debate and discussions around related topics facing our community at the moment.
What is a Community Assembly? See below
First assembly – See results here
INVITATION to our second online community assembly
On WATER – Tuesday 2nd March, 7pm – 9.30pm
Invitation to all those living and working, in and around Chesham!
In response to the outcomes from our first assembly, our next assembly will be focussing on water issues in and around Chesham, discussing ideas and identifying projects/activities that we can take on, to tackle two key questions;
- What more might we do to reduce our water demand?
- What more might we do to increase our resilience to flooding?
This community assembly will be led by an experienced facilitator, and include talks from Allen Beechey and Paul Jennings, experts in local water issues.
We will use small group discussions to come up with solutions/activities we might implement locally, to tackle water demand and flooding, and then prioritise those we feel are most important.
At the end of the process there will be a facilitated feedback session, where we will amalgamate views, vote on group priorities and identify what the community wants to do next to implement ideas.
Join us online on Tuesday 2nd March from 7-9.30pm to be a part of this conversation.
We have 100 spaces available and hope to fill as many as possible.
There is no booking system, sign in just before 7pm. Use of laptop recommended
Use the following link or ID and passcode https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88343649582?pwd=bngrOXo0Mk5tQ0swbnVVS2h1WDBqZz09
Meeting ID: 883 4364 9582
What is a Community Assembly?
A Community Assembly is a structured and facilitated space where a group of people can come to together to explore issues and generate solutions, with no one person or group dominating. It is an effective way of harnessing the collective wisdom of the crowd.
Why a Community Assembly?
We are hearing more and more about the climate and ecological emergency and the need for immediate global action. It can leave us feeling powerless and like our actions are negligible in the global scheme of things, but we do have an influence over our local environment.
With the climate undoubtedly changing, there is much talk about reducing our emissions, however, we should also be looking at increasing our resilience to the impacts we are likely to face, as a result of this changing climate.
Discussing these topics at a community level, brings together experts in the area and those with an interest in making things work, i.e. the people who live and work in the community.
We might want to see a local energy supply, community growing, installation of natural flood defences, tree planting or something else, but whatever it is, it will be what the community thinks is needed, what the community thinks will work and what the community are prepared to invest time in implementing and maintaining.
What are our aims?
Our main aims are to;
- Start (or widen and connect) the conversation around these topics
- Hear a wide variety of views from people in the community
- Identify community priorities
- Spark excitement over and implement solutions
- Link into existing initiatives and
- Set up further workshops to explore different topics, identified by the community as a priority.
Initiative supported by:
Chesham, Chesham and District Natural History Society, Chiltern Peace and Justice Group, Fairtrade Chesham, Chesham in Bloom, XR Chesham