Introduction

To protect the climate, not only are technical solutions needed but also an efficient democracy to implement these solutions. What we need is a form of democracy that supports thinking in categories of common good, long-term planning and that allows making brave and thoroughly considered decisions. This is the way in which citizens’ assemblies organised with a randomly selected group of citizens, operate.

Climate Assemblies

HOW TO START A CLIMATE ASSEMBLY ON A LOCAL LEVEL?

Guide for activists

Start by having a good understanding of how a citizens’ assembly works. You can read the guide about citizens’ assemblies or other materials. You don’t need to be an expert, but you should be able to freely explain to others what a citizens’ assembly is and why it is worthwhile to organise them.

Guide for civil servants

Climate assemblies can be initiated not only by climate activists, but also by a mayor or a city council. To protect the climate at the city level, it is worthwhile to start by preparing a comprehensive action plan — such as using renewable sources of energy, installing thermal insulation on buildings or addressing issues involving the food supply, and it should be left to the citizens’ assembly to decide only on the most controversial or key issues.