Public event

Democratise to Decarbonise: are citizens’ assemblies a Trojan horse for averting climate crisis?


Join Compass, the Rapid Transition Alliance and the Sortition Foundation on Wednesday 13th October for a look at how citizens can take power and help set climate priorities.

With COP on the horizon and emissions still rising, the clamour of citizens demanding climate action is getting harder to ignore.

The rise of citizens’ assemblies – randomly selected citizens convened to discuss and decide on a key issue – offers one route to political power for individuals.

Intended to work alongside and with existing institutions, they’ve been proven to bring legislative change – with examples from Ireland, France and East Belgium demonstrating their potential.

So might citizens’ assemblies help cut through representative politics and insert members of the public into the heart of political decision-making?

Or are these processes too slow – or too toothless – to trigger the shift we need?

At this event, we’ll be treated to highly visual presentations on examples from France, Belgium and Ireland; hear about the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill, which includes a citizens’ assembly; and learn about the planned Global Assembly on climate.

  • Can CAs bridge divides and deal with difficult complex issues?
  • Can they be made a permanent part of the political landscape?
  • Can they help us transition rapidly and justly to a post-carbon society?

This event is organised jointly with the Sortition Foundation. It is part of a series around COP in partnership with the Rapid Transition Alliance.

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