1. The Government must tell the truth about the climate and wider ecological emergency, reverse inconsistent policies and work alongside the media to communicate with citizens.
2. The Government must enact legally binding policy measures to reduce carbon emissions to net zero by 2025 and to reduce consumption levels.
3. To make the bold, swift and long-term changes necessary to achieve this we need a mobilisation like in times of war. The Government is not capable of this alone, we need a Citizens' Assembly to oversee the changes, creating a democracy fit for purpose.
Citizens’ assemblies have been used in the UK, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, Australia, Canada, and other countries to address a range of complex issues.
A citizens’ assembly is a group of people who are brought together to discuss an issue or issues, and reach a conclusion about what they think should happen. The people who take part are chosen so they reflect the wider population (e.g. age, gender, ethnicity, social class).
Citizens’ assemblies give members of the public the time and opportunity to learn about and discuss a topic, before reaching conclusions. Assembly Members are asked to make trade-offs and arrive at workable recommendations.
Read more on the Government website linked here.
Watch an excellent short video on how randomly selected citizens can make effective decisions here.