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The Progressive Policy Think Tank

Tees Valley & County Durham Climate Fairness Panel

As part of the work of our Environmental Justice Commission, IPPR is holding a series of workshops across the UK, bringing local people together to come up with ideas for a fair response to the climate and nature emergencies.

For the first in the series, we are recruiting a group of 23 people from across the Tees Valley & County Durham. The diverse group will come together over eight online sessions to discuss the question:

What practical steps should we take together in Tees Valley & County Durham to address the climate crisis and restore nature in a way that is fair for everyone?

The panel's recommendations will be published as part of a local plan for Tees Valley and County Durham. The findings will be presented to local politicians and decision makers, and will influence the work of our major national cross-party Environmental Justice Commission. The Commission is developing policies and ideas that put people and fairness at the heart of the response to the climate and nature emergencies.

Alongside the Panel, we will be holding a survey to collect views and ideas from a wider group of people across the area. Click the link below to take part:

The programme and process has been planned with generous input from our local advisory group representing business, politics and civil society in the area:

Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary, Northern TUC & Member of the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission

Paul Booth OBE, Chair, Tees Valley LEP & Member of the IPPR Environmental Justice Commission

Cllr Robert Cook, Leader, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council 

Cllr Heather Scott, Leader, Darlington Borough Council

Ammar Mirza CBE, Chair, Asian Business Connexions

Catriona Lingwood, Chief Executive, Constructing Excellence North East

Carol Botten, Chief Executive, VONNE (Voluntary Organisations Network North East)

Jim Cokill, Chief Executive, Durham Wildlife Trust

Louise Hunter, Corporate Affairs, Director, Northumbrian Water Group

The Climate and Fairness Panel heard evidence from the following speakers:

Dr Cat Scott, Academic Fellow, University of Leeds

Professor Rebecca Willis, Professor in Practice, Lancaster University

Dr Katy Roelich, Associate Professor, University of Leeds

Dr Tracey Crosbie, Reader in Sustainability and the Built Environment, Teesside University

Professor Jon GluyasExecutive Director - Durham Energy Institute, University of Durham

Beth Farhat, Regional Secretary, Northern TUC

Rachel Anderson, Assistant Director - Policy, North East England Chamber of Commerce

Chris Beck, Director of Business and Skills, Tees Valley Combined Authority

Maggie Bosanquet, Sustainability, Low Carbon and Climate Change Team Leader, Durham County Council

Joshua Emden, Research Fellow, IPPR

Indra Thillainathan, Committee on Climate Change

Jim Cokill, Chief Executive, Durham Wildlife Trust

Fraser Hugill, Farmer and Northern Area Coordinator, Championing the Farmed Environment

Lucy Bjorck, Senior Policy Adviser, RSPB

Jim Elliott, Senior Policy Adviser, Green Alliance

Katerzyna Szwarc, Policy Fellow, LSE Grantham Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Cllr John Clare, Climate Champion, Durham County Council

Anna Round, Senior Research Fellow, IPPR North

Lucy Stone, Our Common Climate