In the UK, Extinction Rebellion’s third demand is that government must create and be led by the decisions of a citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological justice.
Decades of inadequate political action have led to a climate and ecological emergency that poses an unprecedented existential threat to humanity and all life on Earth — “politics as usual” will not meet the challenge we face.
A citizens’ assembly provides us, the people, with a way to request radical change, and a request from the people gives a legitimacy to government to act, and allows for cross-party support.
Guide to Citizens’ Assemblies
This is our guide on citizens’ assemblies — what they look like, key examples from around the world and why we are confident that a citizens’ assembly would be a game-changer for the climate and ecological emergency.
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Deliberative democracy is already starting to take root in the UK with several local councils setting up consultative processes. However, some of these processes do not meet the minimum standards required for a citizens’ assembly to be accepted as legitimate. They should not be confused with the extensive process of a national citizens’ assembly we are demanding from the UK Government. To enable people involved with local deliberative democracy projects to share knowledge and discuss best practice, we have set up an online forum. Please come along, create an account, tell us what you are doing and ask questions!
- Democratic Innovations by Professor Graham Smith
- The Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care by Involve
- The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit by the Electoral Reform Society
- Rebooting Democracy: A Citizen’s Guide to Reinventing Politics by Manuel Arriaga (available to order)
- The End of Politicians: Time for a Real Democracy by Brett Hennig (available to order)
- Democratic Innovations: Designing Institutions for Citizen Participation by Graham Smith (available to download)
- When citizens decide: Lessons from citizen assemblies on electoral reform by Patrick Fournier, Henk Van Der Kolk, R. Kenneth Carty, André Blais, Jonathan Rose (available to download)
- A citizens’ assembly on climate change: how would it work? by Sarah Allan
- Beyond the ballot: How citizens can lead the climate change conversation by Pete Bryant and Dr Rebecca Willis
- Citizens’ Assemblies, Citizens’ Juries and Climate Change by Pete Bryant
- Citizens’ Assemblies: Guide to Democracy that Works by Marcin Gerwin
- Evidence vs Democracy: How ‘mini-publics’ can traverse the gap between citizens, experts, and evidence by Jonathan Breckon, Anna Hopkins, Ben Rickey (Alliance for Useful Evidence)
- Democracy Matters: Lessons from the 2015 Citizens’ Assemblies on English Devolution by Matthew Flinders, Katie Ghose, Will Jennings, Edward Molloy, Brenton Prosser, Alan Renwick, Graham Smith, Paolo Spada
- Democracy Through Multi-Body Sortition: Athenian Lessons for the Modern Day by Terrill G. Bouricius
- Democracy R&D
- The Democracy Society
- People’s Knowledge
- Citizens Juries
- Shared Future
- Citizens’ assembly webinar by Extinction Rebellion
- Can a citizens’ assembly tackle the climate emergency? By ResPossCast
- Citizens’ assembly podcast by Extinction Rebellion
- Designing & delivering deliberative mini-publics in the United Kingdom with Professor Graham Smith from Westminster University by Real Democracy Now!
- Legislature by Lots with John Gastil by Real Democracy Now!
- We need to talk about climate with Caroline Lucas and David Runciman by RSA
- Interviews of members of a citizens’ assembly in Ireland by We The Citizens
- Democracy is like a garden, you need to always tend it, it is never done by Tend it like a Garden
- The Irish Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change by RTÉ
- Lecture by Justice Mary Laffoy, Chair of The Citizens’ Assembly by RTÉ
Citizens’ Assembly – Extinction Rebellion
In the UK, Extinction Rebellion’s third demand is that government must create and be led by the decisions of a citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological justice. Decades of inadequate political action have led to a climate and ecological emergency that poses an unprecedented existential threat to humanity and all life on Earth — “politics… [Read More]