Citizens' Assemblies: XR's Third Demand
Extinction Rebellion's third demand calls on governments to create and be led by a citizens' assembly on climate and ecological justice. Citizens' assemblies are a form of participatory-deliberative democracy, building on our tradition of citizens' juries, with more formal structures, a longer learning process and with a focus on consensus-building rather than choosing between adversarial positions.
In a citizens' assembly, a randomly selected group of people come together to reflect upon an issue of public concern and make policy decisions. The aim is to bring together a cross-section of society. Participants hear from experts and stake-holders, ask questions, deliberate on policy options and make recommendations that shape government responses.
Why have a Citizens' Assembly?
This Extinction Rebellion UK video (2 minutes 20 seconds) explains why we need citizens' assemblies.
Citizens' Assemblies in Australia
Extinction Rebellion isn't alone in calling for citizens' assemblies.
Change Politics is not affiliated with Extinction Rebellion but is also promoting citizens' assemblies in Australia. Watch their videos and sign the petition.
Extinction Rebellion Australia's Guide to Citizens' Assemblies provides a general guide to citizens' assemblies. It explains what one is, how it works and why we need assemblies at both State and Federal levels.
Look for talks about XR Citizens' Assemblies on the Events page of the website:
Spread the word about XR's third demand: Citizens' Assemblies. Download designs for badges, banners, stencils and posters. There's even tips and resources for outreach stalls.