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ESD x Extinction Rebellion | Citizen’s Assembly: Let the people decide!
February 27 @ 4:45 pm - 6:00 pm
Apathy and distrust of democracy have been growing for a couple of decades, compounded by the 2008 financial crisis and the negative effects of globalization. We have seen the rise of extremist politicians around the world and the paralysis of the central parties in combating either them or the greatest issue of our time: climate change.
One of the solutions gaining traction is an experiment in democracy and a literal return of power to the people, namely, the Citizens Assembly. It is currently being used in France as a result of the gilets jaunes, local municipalities in Belgium and Poland, and was used in South Australia and British Columbia to varying degrees of success. Most famously, the Catholic majority of Ireland broke a decades-long impasse on abortion through the implementation of a citizens assembly.
For this reason, we invite researcher, Climate Focus lawyer, and Extinction Rebellion activist Darragh Conway to give a lecture on citizen’s assemblies. He will speak about the successful case of his home country Ireland and discuss how citizen assemblies fit in the array of solutions to the climate crisis.
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