Should citizens assemblies be mandatory?

This week, the Upside finds that to tackle the climate crisis, we all need to get involved

Last year, I went to a citizens’ assembly. It was one of the most optimistic moments of 2019 for me. A few dozen people, pretty well reflective of the local community, gathered in a library in Camden to examine the climate crisis and make recommendations on how to overcome it.

The idea seems to be catching on. France convened its own panel earlier this year. Other UK towns and cities have followed suit. And this week, a UK nationwide “climate assembly” comprising 108 people presented its conclusions after six weekends of deliberations.

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