The Citizens' Assembly forms an important part of the CEE bill, which has seen much support from environmental organisations including Extinction Rebellion.
Citizens’ assemblies are being increasingly used, in many countries, as an additional and alternative decision making process to the electoral system that has proved incapable of making the long-term decisions needed to deal with the climate and ecological emergency. They are an effective tool for tackling today’s complex problems and can move minds, build trust and heal polarisation.
The talk by Extinction Rebellion is an hour, including slides and a short video clip lasting about 30 minutes, followed by an opportunity to ask questions, raise concerns, and share ideas. It covers the following themes:
democracy in crisis
deliberative democracy (how to deepen participation and collective decision making)
defining citizens’ assemblies
how do citizens’ assemblies fit into our current political ecology?