Climate Assemblies and Juries: A guide for local authorities and other bodies

A people powered response to the climate emergency

With funding from the Place-based Climate Action Network (PCAN), an ESRC supported network that brings together the research community and decision-makers in the public, private and third sectors, we’ve published a guide for local authorities and other bodies.

The guide aims to support local authorities and other bodies thinking of commissioning a citizens’ assembly or jury. It considers how such processes might address the climate emergency, what is involved and approaches to design and delivery.

There has been a flourishing of citizens’ assemblies on climate change in the UK, with many local authorities commissioning local assemblies and juries, often as a follow up to declaring a ‘climate emergency’.

Nationally, a citizens’ assembly on climate change commissioned by parliamentary select committees completed its final deliberative weekend and published its report in September 2020. At the same time in France, President Macron commissioned a citizens’ assembly on climate change with formal power to shape policy.