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This page may be redesigned as more of an introductory article on Climate assemblies. buergerrat-de provides a more comprehensive listing. Philralph (talk) 11:51, 21 July 2023 (UTC)'

This article is an offshoot or our Citizens' assembly page. It is also related to our XR and future democracy article. There's also a separate article: List of UK climate assemblies.

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.

Global assembly[edit | edit source]

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.

Channel Islands[edit | edit source]

France[edit | edit source]

Hungary[edit | edit source]

Ireland[edit | edit source]

  • Climate change: Irish Youth Assembly demands action, Nov 16, 2019...[2]
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One meeting on climate change was planned, for the weekends starting 30 September and 4 November 2017; the second was added to the schedule on 17 July. Speakers included the chair of the advisory group for a promised "National Dialogue on 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,

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]


Assembly to be held remotely in early 2021. People's Voice on Climate

Resources[edit | edit source]

Networks[edit | edit source]

  • Knoca, Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies,, European network for sharing best practice on the design and implementation of Climate Assemblies, main page includes map and listings, added 15:33, 17 November 2022 (UTC)
  • XR Future Democracy on
  • XR People's Assemblies on

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.

Other links

News and comment[edit | edit source]

see separate article: Climate assemblies news and comment

See also[edit | edit source]

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Citizens' assembly W includes sections on disadvantages as well as advantages.
  • Climate Assemblies, Includes guides to help start a climate assembly on a local level.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Islanders encouraged to join Jersey's Climate Conversation, Feb 1,
  2. BBC News
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