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XR’s Citizens’ Assembly Working Group delivers regular talks introducing citizens’ assemblies and XR’s Third Demand. Please go to XR UK’s events page to find out when our next talk is taking place.

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Citizens’ Assemblies – how do we make them inclusive

A key feature of a Citizens’ Assembly is that the participants are randomly selected and represent the society at large. This talk explores the different methods for selecting participants for a Citizens’ Assembly, considers how we ensure that marginalised communities are fairly represented, and how we represent the voiceless – for example other species and future generations. We will explore the challenge of how to make a Citizens’ Assembly truly inclusive.

Brett Hennig from the Sortition Foundation, Marcin Gerwin from the Center for Climate Assemblies, Adela Gąsiorowska from the Center for Climate Assemblies, Johan Galster from We Do Democracy, Cecilie Astrupgaard from Analyse & Tal and Members of the Citizens’ Assembly Working Group of XR UK

How to give the Third Demand Talk 2019 09 11

How to give the Extinction Rebellion Citizens’ Assembly Talk – September 11th 2019

Extinction Rebellion Webinar on Climate Assembly UK – PART 1: What is a Citizens’ Assembly

PART 1 is an introduction to Citizens’ Assemblies: what they are and why we need one to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.

Extinction Rebellion Webinar on Climate Assembly UK – Part 2: Climate Assembly UK and XR’s position

Part 2 of the webinar covers the basics of Climate Assembly UK and XR’s key objections on its framing.

Extinction Rebellion Webinar on Climate Assembly UK – PART 3: Reflections from observers

The last part of this webinar includes reflections by three observers of Climate Assembly UK, their thoughts about the process so far and what they hope for the future.

Local Deliberations: A Participant’s Perspective on Camden Council’s Assembly on the Climate Crisis

Anna Pick recounts her experience as a participant in Camden Council’s Citizens Assembly on the climate crisis in July 2019.

Dr Marie-Claire Brisbois: an expert’s view on Citizens’ Assemblies on Climate and Ecological Justice

Dr Marie-Claire Brisbois is an academic in Energy Policy at SPRU, University of Sussex and Co-Director of Sussex Energy Group. Her work examines questions of power, politics and influence in energy, water and climate governance contexts. Here, Dr Marie-Claire Brisbois gives her personal and professional perspectives on how CAs – as one of the many forms of participative democracy – can be the vehicle through which transformative policy change for the Climate and Ecological Emergency can be addressed. Here is her expert perspective on Extinction Rebellion’s 3rd Demand.

Local Deliberations: Newham Council’s Citizens’ Assembly on the Climate Emergency

Andy Paice tells us his experiences in setting up and running deliberative democracy initiatives in Newham through community assemblies with special focus on Newham’s Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change.

About Us

We are Citizens’ Assembly Working Group (CAWG). We promote and lobby for Extinction Rebellion’s third demand:

Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

We do this by creating outreach materials, spreading the word through talks and events as well as campaigning for the Climate and Ecological Emergency parliamentary bill, calling for a UK-wide Citizens’ Assembly.

This is a big job and we could always do with a little help. Whether you have experience public speaking, writing copy, working in politics or you have time and want to lend a hand where you can, then buzzzzzzz on over and get in touch. Also if you have press or research enquiries you can find us at the same place:

Email  us at

or find us on Twitter @CitizensXr

photograph of members of the XR Citizens' Assembly Working Group sitting in the road, holding umbrellas and bee and hive logo patches.