People's Assembly on Climate

Our mission is to foster meaningful and socially just climate mitigation policy

by engaging citizens in policy-making through deliberative democracy.

What is a Citizen's Assembly? A three minute video. 

Climate change is the most existential and divisive issue our country has ever faced.

And what are we mostly doing about it? Sadly, we're waiting for action from our legislators. It's a process that is too slow, divided, and inaccessible. Decisions are made behind closed doors, excluding the voices of those who will actually deal with the consequences. Democracy needs to work for all of us—but it doesn't include all of us.

This issue so often devolves into polarized arguments—environmentalists vs. big business, urban vs. rural, left vs right—and it harms us all. Climate change cannot be another “us vs. them” issue, because it impacts us all. How can we ensure that decisions on this issue are inclusive, effective, and democratic? The answer is not just a new policy—it’s a new process called a Citizen Assembly*.

Citizen Assemblies, which have their roots in ancient Athenian democratic processes and various Indigenous decision-making practices, are making a comeback in modern democracies. The essence of a Citizen Assembly is to gather a group of people reflecting the diversity of the population and engage them in a process of learning, discussing, deliberating, and decision-making known as Deliberative Democracy, the result being a set of recommendations that stands as a Voice of the People.

 

*Citizen is a term of art connected with this type of process, and that we in no way intend to exclude non-citizens. Everyone is impacted by climate change, and everyone needs to be consulted about and involved in the solution!

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