List of climate assemblies

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This article is an offshoot or our Citizens' assembly page. It is also related to our XR and future democracy article, which is why it might seem a little UK-centric.

The term climate assembly is used here to mean any citizens assembly considering, either exclusively or otherwise, a response to climate change or climate emergency.

The list could be expanded to include also peoples' assemblies, or other gatherings, for example of the kinds listed on the Future Democracy Hub happening in response to climate emergency.

United Kingdom[edit | edit source]

see also: How should the UK tackle climate change? involve.org.uk

Scotland[edit | edit source]

Citizens' Assembly of Scotland, issues include addressing the climate challenge [1]added 15:31, 27 September 2020 (UTC)

Local assemblies in England[edit | edit source]

Cambridgeshire[edit | edit source]

  • Climate workshop, Histon and Impington villages, Nov 2, 2019. The workshop will utilise Sweden’s ClimateView, currently in use at the highest levels of the Swedish government. This is its first use in the UK to create climate solutions at local level. ClimateView provides an evidence-based methodology that encourages all sections of the community to come together to collaborate on tackling the climate crisis. [2]
  • “Regional Citizens Assembly for Cambridgeshire” planned by Cambridgeshire Climate Emergency. Proposal presented to Cambridge City Council on 20th May, 2019 [3]

Cumbria[edit | edit source]

Devon[edit | edit source]

Citizens Assembly to be convened in January 2020 [4]

East Midlands[edit | edit source]

  • Climate Assembly Nottingham on Facebook, added 15:27, 28 August 2020 (UTC)

Oxfordshire[edit | edit source]

  • Oxford Citizens Assembly on Climate Change, oxford.gov.uk, held over two weekends in September and October 2019. [5] Many videos on the website.

Lancashire[edit | edit source]

Yorkshire and the Humber[edit | edit source]

  • Leeds Climate Change Citizens’ Jury: Commissioned by the Leeds Climate Commission in 2019, the Citizens’ Jury recruited 25 randomly selected citizens over nine sessions to answer the question ‘What should Leeds do about the emergency of climate change?’
An oversight panel of key stakeholders met to ensure the recruitment process was fair and robust and to agree which ‘commentators’ should present evidence to the jury. The twelve strong oversight panel included representation from The City Council, the Chamber of Commerce and Extinction Rebellion.
The citizens' jury commenced on 12 September 2019 and will run for a total of 30 hours over nine sessions, ending on 3 November. [6]

London[edit | edit source]

Camden[edit | edit source]

  • Citizens’ Assembly on the climate crisis, camden.gov.uk. Camden Citizens' Assembly held in July 2019. The Assembly proposals will inform a new Climate Action Plan for Camden to be published in 2020.

Lambeth[edit | edit source]

  • Lambeth Citizens’ Assembly, lambeth.gov.uk. Assembly planned for October/November 2019 [7]

Newham[edit | edit source]

  • Newham Climate Now, newham.gov.uk, first session of Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change starting in January 2020.

Europe[edit | edit source]

  • European Assembly for Climate Justice W

The European Assembly for Climate Justice took place in Brussels from 26 to 29 November 2010. Over 250 people from ten European countries assembled for four days of debates, discussion, action and networking. The Assembly was organised following a call out from Via Campesina for 1000 Cancuns where people across the world would organise popular assemblies in the run up to the COP16. Activities included a Critical mass bike ride, workshops, a popular assembly, a conference and a "Sing for the Climate" event organised by the Belgian Climate Coalition.

France[edit | edit source]

Hungary[edit | edit source]

Ireland[edit | edit source]

  • Irish Youth Assembly
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Nov 16, 2019 Ireland: Climate change: Irish Youth Assembly demands action [8]

  • Citizens' Assembly (Ireland) W

A Citizens' Assembly in Ireland in 2016 considered several political questions including climate change.

Recommendations, all passed by at least 80% of members, included: empowering an independent body to address climate change; Greenhouse gas (GHG) tax, including carbon tax and agricultural GHG tax; encouragement of climate change mitigation, electric vehicles, public transport, forests, organic farming, and natural peat bogs; reduction of food waste; microgeneration of electricity; ending subsidy of peat extraction; increasing bus lanes, cycle lanes and park and ride facilities.

The Oireachtas responded to the report by establishing a Joint Committee on Climate Action, which published its own report on 29 March 2019. On 9 May 2019 the Dáil endorsed the committee's report and symbolically declared a "climate and biodiversity emergency". The motion also requested a Citizen's Assembly to study the biodiversity loss emergency and how the state can improve its response. A "government action plan on climate change" followed on 17 June 2019.

Poland[edit | edit source]

As of November 2019, 4 local groups, see Map of climate assemblies, climateassemblies.org

Portugal[edit | edit source]

Lisbon’s Green PB: Starting in 2019 Lisbon City Council's first ever 'green' PB, part of Lisbon City's wider participatory budget, a €5 million budget to support climate change mitigation and adaptation projects selected by local citizens.

Canada[edit | edit source]

Alberta[edit | edit source]

Edmonton Citizens' Panel on Energy & Climate

Starting in Oct 2012 a 56-member citizens' inquiry was commissioned by the city of Edmonton to help develop an energy transition plan.

United States[edit | edit source]

Washington[edit | edit source]

  • STATE LEGISLATORS ENDORSE AN INDEPENDENT CITIZENS' CLIMATE ASSEMBLY IN WASHINGTON

Assembly to be held remotely this Summer climateassembly.us

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News and comment[edit | edit source]

2020

Sep 10 UK path to net zero must be underpinned by education, choice, fairness and political consensus, urges Climate Assembly [9]

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Aug 30 Community involvement UK news: If democracy looks doomed, Extinction Rebellion may have an answer, John Harris [10]

Aug 4 In Budapest, Washington State, Paris - and Camden - Climate Assemblies are expressing voices, shifting priorities and setting policy [11]

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Jul 27 France to ban heated terraces in cafes and bars [12]

Jun 23 Climate Assembly UK: Interim briefing: Post lockdown steps to aid economic recovery should drive progress to net zero target [13]

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Jun 23 Towards sustainable economies UK: UK public 'supports green recovery from coronavirus crisis' [14]

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Jun 21 France: La convention citoyenne pour le climat souhaite un référendum sur la Constitution et le crime d’« écocide » [15]

Apr 5 France's “CONVENTION CITOYENNE” on the climate crises moves into zoomspace [16]

Mar 16 Climate Assembly UK suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak. The discussions and votes due to take place on weekend four will still take place at a later date to conclude the work of the assembly. [17]

Mar 7 Comments by members of the French Citizen Climate Convention [18]

Feb 27 Why we need a new climate assembly, Letter [19]

Feb 10 Climate assembly considers flying bananas [20]

Jan 27 Climate Change: Tough questions at first UK assembly [21]

Jan 22 UK citizens' climate assembly to meet for first time [22]

Jan 17 Citizens' jury prepares to tackle climate change [23]

Jan 15 Convention Citoyenne pour le climat: What we can learn from the French Citizens' assembly on climate change? [24]

2019

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Dec 16 Oxfordshire: City Council responds to Oxford Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change and outlines £19m climate emergency budget [25]

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Nov 16 Ireland: Climate change: Irish Youth Assembly demands action [26]

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Nov 2 UK Climate news: Climate change: Thousands invited to join citizens' assembly [27]

Nov 2 Parliamentary Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change – A first step, but a devastating missed opportunity, Extinction Rebellion [28]

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Oct 30 Sleepy Cambridgeshire village invites Swedish climate experts to help tackle climate emergency [29]

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Oct 20 Oxfordshire: 'We can go quicker than 2050' - Citizens assembly votes for ambitious city climate target [30]

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Sep 23 UK Climate news: Tyndall Carbon Targeter helps Local Authorities respond to their Climate Emergency, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research [31]

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Sep 14 Camden: How do we discover what matters most to people to help them thrive? noelito [32]

Jul 20 Camden: First climate assembly in UK draws up wishlist for council action [33]

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Jun 13 Cambridgeshire organisation launches radical response to climate emergency [34]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Map[edit | edit source]

Networks[edit | edit source]

Other resources[edit | edit source]

Our Money, Our Planet[edit | edit source]

This report outlines some possible ways to make some progress, based on our experience and knowledge of participatory approaches, which put citizens into the driving seat of decision-making whilst improving transparency and governance at a local authority level.

One process is Participatory budgeting (PB). Another is Citizens’ Juries and Assemblies. Both are discussed within this report.

We have also drawn on the findings of our series of ‘Our Money, Our Planet’ workshops. We held these workshops across the UK in 2019. Their aim was to explore how Participatory Budgeting might most effectively help to address our impending climate crisis, and its links to a Green New Deal. sharedfuturecic.org.uk

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Citizens' assembly W includes sections on disadvantages as well as advantages.

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