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Climate Change is an existential threat to humanity.
Politicians operate within a short-term electoral cycle which makes it extremely hard for them to take the bold action needed to deal with this threat.
We need to enable them to create a different centre of action to powerfully influence and drive forward the needed changes, and so enable Scotland to become an example to the world.
We aim to rapidly build a broad base of support across society to ensure the Scottish Parliament establishes a Climate Citizens Assembly (CCA) for a representative sample of ordinary members of the public to hear evidence of the true nature of the climate crisis, to assess policies to address the cause of the crisis, and to propose these to Parliament and the people so we can collectively commit to carry out the radical changes needed to secure the future for our children.
Why A Citizens’ Assembly?
Citizens' Assemblies are an established democratic process , bringing together ordinary members of the public, in the form of a representative sample of the population to meet, often over a number of weekends, informed by a balance of expert witnesses, and supported to deliberate fairly and responsibly by expert facilitators, to consider contentious issues of national importance. Their purpose is to study the options available to a city, region or country on certain issues and to deliberate on and propose solutions to them. Citizens’ Assemblies have been used across the world (e.g. by the UK Government and the Irish Government, including the Irish Citizens’ Assembly that led to the referendum that repealed Ireland’s ban on abortion ).
A Way Forward?
The recommendations of the Assembly would need to be taken forward by securing collective society-wide commitment to them. In Citizens’ Assembly processes, governments have agreed to implement an Assembly’s recommendations if there is a large enough majority for them in the Assembly, they have set up parliamentary committees to consider their recommendations, or they have been put to the population in a referendum. For this Assembly, given the urgency and importance of the issue, it would be wise to consider an innovative society-wide process that ensures that as many people as possible engage with, and society commits to, the proposed policies to ensure serious collective action can begin in 2020.
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