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Upgrade democracy: Citizens’ Assemblies

We are in a climate and ecological emergency! Bristol faces water shortages by 2025, damaging flooding in decades and more extreme weather, food shortages and pandemics in the near future. 

The challenges are big, wide-ranging and complex. And solutions are needed urgently. Over the last 40 years, the electoral system has proved incapable of making the long-term decisions needed to deal with the climate and ecological emergency. Politicians simply can’t see past the next election.

In the UK, Extinction Rebellion’s Third Demand is that government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice. We need it to have legislative power and to reach for a net-zero greenhouse emissions target that is early enough save us from climate chaos. 

Citizens’ Assemblies are representative of society with particular attention paid to hearing from those who have no representation or voice in our current political systems. They can address structural inequality, and consider how to mitigate the impacts of the changes on the most vulnerable people.

A Citizens’ Assembly on Climate and Ecological Justice will empower citizens to take the lead and politicians to follow with less fear of political backlash.

Write to your MP asking them to support a citizens’ assembly with legislative power in Bristol and the UK.