The science is clear: It is understood that we are facing an unprecedented global emergency. We are in a life or death situation of our own making. We must act now.
Extinction Rebellion is an international apolitical network using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
We have three demands in the UK:
1. Tell the Truth
Government must tell the truth by declaring a climate and ecological emergency, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change.
2. Act Now
Government must act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2025.
3. Go Beyond Politics
Government must create and be led by the decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly on climate and ecological justice.
What Is a Citizens’ Assembly?
A citizens’ assembly brings people together to learn, deliberate and make recommendations on an issue of public concern. Similar to jury service, members are randomly selected from the population by a process called sortition. Quotas are used to ensure that the assembly is representative in terms of key characteristics such as gender, age, ethnicity, education level and geography.
Assembly members learn about critical thinking before they hear balanced information from experts and stakeholders. The members spend time deliberating in small, facilitated groups and then they draft and vote on recommendations.
Citizens’ assemblies are conducted by non-partisan organisations under independent oversight. They are transparent, inclusive and effective.
The UK Parliament already uses deliberative democracy processes such as citizens’ assemblies. For example, the Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care worked with House of Commons Select Committees. There are three deliberative democracy projects currently running as part of the Innovation in Democracy project.