A LOCAL authority is looking for 30 residents to join a 'People's Jury' on climate change.

More than 6,000 randomly-selected households across Blackburn with Darwen Borough are to receive invitations to join the special panel.

Of those who respond 30 will be selected to take part.

The People’s Jury will meet over 30 hours starting in October and finishing in December and all participants will receive £250 in vouchers.

It’s being hosted by Blackburn with Darwen Council and jury members will be asked to answer a question on what needs to be done in homes, business and the local area to help tackle the climate change crisis.

The panel will be selected to reflect the diversity of the borough in terms of age, gender, ethnicity, where people live and attitude to climate change.

Blackburn with Darwen Council declared a Climate Emergency in 2019 has set a goal of being carbon neutral by 2030 and has developed a Climate Change Action Plan

Cllr Zainab Rawat, assistant executive member for growth and lead on climate change, said: "The People’s Jury is a chance for us to bring together 30 residents who fully represent our borough to listen to their views so they can help drive forward the climate change agenda locally.

“This approach has already proven really successful elsewhere.

“No previous experience or knowledge is needed and we’re looking for people with a whole different range of views and experiences – from those who are very concerned about climate change to those who are less concerned.

“The stark reality is that we are facing a climate change emergency."