YOUNG people from Winchester shared their concerns about climate change at a meeting with the mayor.

A delegation from the Winchester District Young People’s Climate Assembly told the Mayor of Winchester Cllr Peter Green that the climate crisis is the topmost concern for young people.

Stuart Evans, co-convenor of the climate assembly, was accompanied by Charlotte Baker, president of Winchester Student Union and Laura Baker a local climate activist.

They relayed the message from the 25 young people who took part at the meeting on July 20.

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They urged Cllr Green to push the council to take action on low carbon housing, cutting emissions from traffic and transport and promoting local food production.

They shared their positive experience of the young people’s climate assembly which provided the opportunity to engage in debate with local experts and politicians.

Stuart Evans, founder of the Environmental Alliance Project, said: “Climate Assembly is a powerful way to inform and motivate people of all ages to engage with the climate crisis and understand the changes that we all need to make.

“That’s why I’m working with Winchester Together for our Planet on the 2022 Climate Assembly to run alongside COP27.

Francesca Singer Ince, who is co-ordinating the 2022 assembly, said: "Following the recent heatwave, it is clearer than ever that progress on climate action needs to be made quickly.

“I am excited to build on the success of last year's Young People's Climate Assembly, by inviting people from all communities within the District to get involved and help decide local priorities for climate action.”

More details will be given ahead of Winchester Green Week that will take place from September 24 until October 2.

Cllr Kelsie Learney, who has recently taken up the climate emergency portfolio at at Winchester City Council, said: "It’s great that we are building on the experience of young people last year and running a second climate assembly this autumn for people of all ages from across Winchester district.”

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Cllr Green welcomed the presentation. He said: “I’m pleased to provide continuing support from the mayoralty for the Winchester Climate Assembly.

“I am particularly keen to see this assembly broaden its reach to include communities who will be most impacted by the cost of living crisis and the climate crisis.”

If you’d like to find out more about this year’s Climate Assembly, or to get involved, email


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