We, as a country, must decide what action is required as we face the truth of our vulnerabilities to the Climate and Ecological Emergency.
What needs to be done to avoid catastrophic outcomes? What is our plan? How long will it take to build our flood defences? When do we run out of water (and what do we do to avoid this fate)? Where do we get our food from?
Our current representative political system has shown itself to be ill equipped to make these plans or enact the radical, longer-term policies we require.
That is why Extinction Rebellion’s 3rd demand for a national Citizens’ Assembly on the Climate and Ecological Emergency is so critical.
No party’s manifesto, regardless of how far-reaching, realistically stands a chance of becoming policy. Once in power, the usual process of internal and cross-party negotiations and concessions will mean that action, if it ever comes, will be largely “business as usual”. Too little, too late.
More importantly, the other parties and their supporters will see themselves as the losers. Hence, at best, only lukewarm acceptance can be expected, as our representatives from different parties wait in the wings for the next election.
The huge challenges facing us: mitigating this emergency and building resilience, require mass engagement – the support and participation of us all; if we are to be successful.
A credible climate manifesto needs to be crafted outside of our partisan political model.
We must get #BeyondPartyPolitics and face this challenge together.
Today, when so many people feel voiceless and disenfranchised, a Citizens’ Assembly to tackle the Climate and Ecological Emergency will #UpgradeDemocracy. Repairing and revitalising our democratic processes; allowing our society to #ActNow on our Climate and Ecological Emergency.
It’s a bit like Jury Service
A citizens’ assembly brings together a group of ordinary people (through a process called sortition) – representative of the UK population, who are given enough time to carefully learn and consider all the material and evidence they have been given.
Together, the people decide what action needs to be taken, what should be done and at what speed. The government must then be led by these recommendations. #ActNow
We must overcome our differences, to find common ground and face humanity’s greatest threat together. This is a Planetary Emergency.
Our citizens are capable and prepared to work together. Our Democracy must be participatory, representative and accountable. We must #ComeTogether to plan our response to this existential threat.
Citizens’ Assemblies are a chance to recognise that which connects us; there is a lot more that unites us than divides us. We all depend upon our earth and each other. Building relationships and resilience in our local and national communities is an essential step to building a society that can withstand the future we face. A future that is now inevitable. Whether we can avoid total catastrophe or not, our way of life as we know it is over, and we can only create a better society for if everyone is committed and involved.
The impact of the Climate and Ecological Emergency is intensifying every day. Government and politicians over the past 30 years have demonstrated a criminal level on inaction to safeguard their Citizens.
We demand a say in how we address this emergency and the future we want, with our friends, families and children. #WeCanWorkItOut, but we must #ActNow.
A Citizens Assembly for Climate and Ecological Justice gives us a chance, however slim, of mitigating the worst effects of the climate crisis. It moves us towards real participatory politics; broadening and deepening, defencing & extending our democracy.
Get Your Candidate to commit to the 3 Demands Bill
6 months have passed since our Parliament’s declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency in in May 2018. More than half of the UK’s principal local authorities have also now declared a Climate Emergency (168 1st & 2nd Tier Councils), yet the government has failed to act. It is an emergency and deserves an emergency response.
In response Extinction Rebellion has drafted the Climate and Ecological Emergency Parliamentary Bill in consultation with Power for the People.
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill (The ‘Three Demands’ Bill) will ensure our government commission and implement recommendations from a National Citizens’ Assembly on Climate and Ecological Justice.
Our aim in this General Election is to get candidates to support the bill, giving it the best possible chance to be tabled in the next Parliament.
Contact your local constituency candidates
email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
We are facing a man-made disaster on a global scale.
Once climate change becomes a defining issue for financial stability, it may already be too late.
I am firmly of the view that the next 18 months will decide our ability to keep climate change to survivable levels
If we can save the banks, we can save the world.
The future of the human race is now at stake.