Third Demand – Citizens’ Assembly Talk
Join XR UK’s Citizens’ Assembly Working Group for a talk all about the Third Demand: a government commissioned, independently run Citizens’ Assembly for Climate and Ecological Justice.
Why a citizens’ assembly, surely we already have parliament? Who will be on the assembly, are ordinary people capable of dealing with climate science and other complicated issues? Who will be presenting to the assembly, how do you make sure it’s fair? What is Climate and Ecological Justice, and why is this going to be a focus of the assembly?
All these questions and more will be answered in our talk plus you will have the oportunity to ask us your own questions and raise your concerns as well!
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 19:30
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 Extinction Rebellion Citizens’ Assembly Talk – September 11th 2019
PART 1 is an introduction to Citizens’ Assemblies: what they are and why we need one to tackle the climate and ecological emergency.
Part 2 of the webinar covers the basics of Climate Assembly UK and XR’s key objections on its framing.
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.
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 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.
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.