Give the Citizens' Assembly true power

This is our last opportunity to attempt to reduce the worst impacts of the climate catastrophe we have generated. Scotland must take the lead and its people will determine the way.  But they need to be trusted to make those big decisions and have confidence that their deliberations are worthwhile.

The determinations of the Climate Citizen's Assembly should be enacted by government as expressed by this most democratic of methods.

Why the contribution is important

Because it will enact the people's empowerment. For too long decisions about everyone's futures have been made by a few influential rich people. This has, predictably, led to the catastrophic breakdown of our climate and life on earth. The people know the truth and what needs to happen. Let us determine the correct path to take.

by Nestleaver1 on October 23, 2020 at 04:41PM

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  • Posted by Paul October 23, 2020 at 17:20

    Agree totally with this, but it has to be on the basis of a few fundamental requirements.

    1. The Citizen's Assembly participants must have the opportunity to consider all responses to the climate crisis. This has to include system change, that is political system change, economic system change and social system change.
    2. It is also dependent upon the public members of the citizen's assmbly having access to the full range of academic perspectives, not just those aligned with the current economic and political systems.
    3. It is also essential when the citizens assembly considers how Scotland should effectively tackle the climate crisis, that this is done through a lens of equity and fairness, both within Scotland and globally.

    If all these requirements are present, then the citizens assembly would be a shining example of demacracy and should have the power to enact their recomendations. If they are not present, then the citizens assembly will be nothing more than yet another greenwashing exercise.
  • Posted by davidso October 24, 2020 at 00:22

    In the fullness of time consider a second chamber for Scotland's legislation - with citizens selected by sortition to serve a term of office - say one or two years as a means of injecting some common sense into decision making.
  • Posted by bental October 24, 2020 at 18:57

    In full agreement with Paul's comments
  • Posted by lesliesoulfire October 25, 2020 at 08:19

    Fully agree with comments above
  • Posted by DerekP October 25, 2020 at 13:36

    Totally agree with comments too. The Assembly cannot just be a talking shop. The politicians have to implement the actions agreed by the Assembly. Like davidso's idea of a permanent 2nd chamber of "the people", ensuring all decisions viewed through an environmental, community, welbeing, etc lens (not just cash value). This could go a long way to ensuring local, regenerative nature-based solutions prioritised.
  • Posted by SallyK October 25, 2020 at 22:46

    I too like davidso's idea of a permanent 2nd chamber, selected by sortition. We so desperately need to re-think our political system and this could be one effective way of doing so. I also agree with Paul's three points - it is essential that the CCA is enabled to come to decisions in a way that is well-informed and that the participants consider the need for fundamental change in the economic underpinning of our society.
  • Posted by Eviaries October 26, 2020 at 01:03

    I agree with Paul's provisos.
  • Posted by mravilious October 26, 2020 at 12:08

    Fully agree with Paul. This assembly has the potential to steer Scotland out of the climate emergency, or to be a greenwashing exercise which allows the Scottish Government to continue claiming t's doing everything it can and leading the world on climate change policy, whilst completely failing to examine the structural issues which drive climate change.
    The assembly MUST be allowed freedom to explore systemic issues if the government wants an outcome which protects the people of Scotland, and the world from climate catastrophe.
  • Posted by SimonClark October 26, 2020 at 13:39

    Fully support Pauls statement. The English citizens assembly on climate were given the remit of how to get to net zero GGE by 2050, far too late.

    Paul wrote "the citizen's assembly must have access to the full range of academic perspectives, not just those aligned with the current economic and political systems. "

    The skeptic in me this will not happen. Please those of you drawing up the agenda and deciding on the speakers, give the humanity of the crisis, and this rare moment in history when the mainstream is shaking and alternatives have a small glimmer of a chance to shine, a chance.
  • Posted by DavidCS October 26, 2020 at 14:10

    I endorse Paul's comment.
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