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KNOCA Innovation Market in March

March 5, 2024 14:00

Eager to learn more about what’s happening at the cutting edge of climate assembly practice and theory? Do you want to know how your fellow officials, practitioners, researchers and activists are shaping the future of assemblies? Then the KNOCA innovation market on Tuesday 5 March, 2-4pm is the place to be!

If you have not been to one of our Innovation Markets before, you’re in for a treat. Fellow KNOCA members give short pitches of their ideas and practices. You choose which one you want to learn more about and discuss further in breakout groups.

Read more about the topics and presenters in the link below:

News

Latest KNOCA Briefing on Knowledge Curation in Climate Assemblies

We know that the knowledge curation stage is of crucial importance in climate assemblies – both for securing informed deliberation and outcomes, and for the formation of assembly members’ attitudes.

Selecting and presenting evidence raises a number of important questions considered in this KNOCA Briefing on “Knowledge Curation in Climate Assemblies”, researched and written by Malte Frøslee Ibsen.

Read more and download from the link below.

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KNOCA Briefing on Designing the Follow-up to Climate Assemblies

KNOCA is convinced that we need to pay as much attention to designing the follow-up as we do the design of the climate assembly itself. This is why we have published the draft briefing “Designing the Follow-up to Climate Assemblies: Embedding Recommendations Within the Public Administration” based on interviews and a design workshop with civil servants.

Read more and download from the link below.

Why Climate Assemblies?

Transition to net zero and climate resilient societies requires deep social and economic transformations that will have significant impacts on people’s choices and behaviour. Climate assemblies engage the creativity and imagination of the public directly, both to ensure better policy-making and to improve acceptance of decisions which will have significant effects on our day-to-day lives.

Who is KNOCA for?

If you are planning, promoting or interested in climate assemblies, KNOCA is your go-to place. We bring together the knowledge, experience, and expertise of policymakers, civil society actors and academics to foster best practice for impact for those organising and advocating for assemblies.

What is a Climate Assembly?

A climate assembly brings together everyday people selected by democratic lottery to learn, deliberate and make recommendations on aspects of the climate crisis.

In this short video we walk you through the key features of Climate assemblies.

Map of Climate Assemblies

Sweden's Citizens’ Assembly on Climate (Medborgarråd om Klimatet)

March 2024 - Sweden

In March 2024, Sweden's first national citizens' assembly on climate change will start. During eight days 50 selected participants will review the facts, discuss solutions and come up with proposals on how Sweden could fulfil its commitments under the Paris Agreement.

The participants are selected randomly by scientific methods so that the Council reflects the population of Sweden. They are completely free in their discussions and decisions, but are supported by experts in proposing a climate policy for Sweden. At the end of May 2024, they will vote on the proposals and present their conclusions. A consultation group with people from a broad political spectrum advises and scrutinises the process.

The citizens' assembly is part of the FAIRTRANS research programme, which is a collaboration between Stockholm University, University of Gävle, Uppsala University, Lund University and IVL Swedish Environmental Institute.

Read more here: https://www.stockholmresilience.org/news--events/general-news/2023-11-27-first-swedish-national-citizen-assembly-on-climate-could-show-the-way-to-transformation.html

We also recently had a workshop on systems thinking in climate assemblies with researchers from the Stockholm University. They have been wrestling with challenges when considering different systems approaches and tools to integrate into this Swedish climate assembly. In this workshop, they shared their lessons learnt so far and introduced the KNOCA community to the challenges and opportunities they encountered. Download the presentations and watch the recording here:

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Decarbonisation of the transport sector in Berlin

March 2023 (two-day Workshops) - Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The general goal of decarbonisation is widely supported by citizens. Based on existing studies, discussions were held for private passenger transport, commercial passenger transport, freight transport and special transport. Agreement was reached on decarbonisation paths for all segments with the exception of private passenger transport. For the latter, pull measures are generally accepted, which goes hand in hand with the general desire to switch to non-fossil fuels and to create a less car-centred Berlin. Simulations show that pull measures will be far from sufficient to decarbonise private passenger transport. However, more effective push measures, such as higher prices or bans on fossil-fuelled vehicles, did not achieve clear majorities for this segment.
The selection was randomised in a stratified manner, with samples being drawn from different groups. Later, people with certain characteristics were recruited to form a mixed group with similar characteristics to the overall population of Berlin.

Attendants: 65

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Berlin Climate Citizens' Assembly

April 26th 2022 - June 30th 2022 - Berlin, Berlin, Germany

In an elaborate selection process that started at the beginning of February 2022 - first randomly via the registration register, then according to representative quota criteria - 100 Berliners have been found to discuss and co-decide on the climate protection policy future of the capital in a total of nine meetings. Their recommendations will be discussed in the Senate and the House of Representatives. "The ideas developed in the Citizens' Assembly will form the basis for the upcoming revision of Berlin's energy and climate protection programme. A Climate Assembly offers a great opportunity to work out the measures with which Berlin can embark on a reduction path in line with Paris.

Attendants: 100

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Smart energy and transport changes in Berlin's city districts

2014 - Berlin, Berlin, Germany

Over the course of three days, randomly selected Berliners learned about various aspects of the energy and transport transition and formulated recommendations that help develop practical, citizen-oriented concepts for connecting renewable energy and electromobile transport in the city's districts

Attendants: 88

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Érd Citizens’ Assembly

May 2022 - Érd, Hungary

Érd decided to test the advantages of participatory democracy by hosting a citizens’ assembly. This innovative tool is still rather new in Hungary but it is slowly gaining ground. Érd was the third city in Hungary – following in the footsteps of Budapest and Miskolc – that agreed to host such an event.

The Citizens’ Assembly was subtitled: Roads and Routes for Relief – How can we transform Érd from a commuting town into a vibrant, green city?

Attendants: 50

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Saarland's Climate Assembly

November 15th, 2023 - Saarland, Germany

A randomly selected citizens' assembly is to make proposals for achieving climate protection targets in the German state of Saarland. On 15 November 2023, the Saarland state parliament decided to set up the mini-public. The SPD and CDU were in favour, the far-right AfD abstained. Nine months after its establishment, the assembly is to submit proposals, which will then be discussed by the state parliament.

The question posed to the Citizens' Assembly "Climate Protection in Saarland" is: How can Saarland achieve the climate protection targets set out in the Saarland Climate Protection Act on the basis of the Paris Agreement, taking into account social, economic and ecological compatibility?

Attendants: 51

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Gipuzkoa: Citizens' Assembly of Gipuzkoa

November 2022 to January 2023 - Basque Country, Spain

Gipuzkoan society, like many other societies in the world, is currently facing a dilemma. On the one hand, people who live and work in the rural primary sector have great difficulties to survive in this environment. On the other hand, the rural environment is particularly vulnerable and the agricultural sector has opportunities and responsibilities in the fight against and adaptation to the climate crisis.

Through the Citizens' Assembly, the following question has been posed to Gipuzkoa society: How can we guarantee agricultural activity in Gipuzkoa in order to face the climate emergency?

The question posed is based on a dilemma that intertwines the rural environment of Gipuzkoa and the climate emergency: What can Gipuzkoa society contribute to the agricultural sector to be able to face the impacts of the climate emergency and, at the same time, ensure resilience as a sector?

Attendants: 32

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Kassel: Citizen’s Views of Future Energy Worlds

November 2021 - Kassel, Hessen, Germany

With a central focus on the electricity transition, these conferences have served as invaluable platforms for fostering discussions, conducting evaluations, and refining policy pathways proposed by our dedicated researchers.
The aim of the conference was to convey to the participants the complexity of the different forms of the electricity system and future challenges, and to encourage them through the app and the deliberation to exchange their opinions intensively and to listen to other points of view.

Attendants: 48

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Würzburg: Views of Citizens on Four Future Pathways of the Transport Transition

November 2021 - Würzburg, Bavaria, Germany

This conference focused on the exploration of four distinct future pathways for the transport sector, forged through a combination of citizen engagement and scientific research.
The aim of was for participants to discover the complexity of the different future pathways for the transport transition through the app as well as the discussion and to encourage them to exchange their opinions intensively and to listen to other points of view.

Attendants: 54

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Konstanz: Climate mobility plan

Between 25 April and 21 May - Konstanz, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

A climate mobility plan was carried out with 25 randomly selected citizens, who discussed the areas of action. they were able to contribute their perspectives as well as wishes and concerns in connection with the climate mobility plan to the process.

Attendants: 25

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Arnsberg: Citizens' Jury "Tackling the Energy Crisis together"

November 12th, 2022 - Arnsberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Saving energy and expanding alternative energies, alternative supply routes for food, protecting the mental health of citizens, holding crisis winners accountable and more sustainability - these are the recommendations of the Arnsberg Citizens' Jury "Tackling the energy crisis together".
Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 crisis, the environmental crisis, the Ukraine crisis and the resulting energy crisis, the city of Arnsberg decided to have the city's first citizens' jury discuss the topic of the "energy crisis".

Attendants: 27

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Leiden: Burgerberaad Energietransitie (Energy transition)

September 2023 - Leiden, South Holland, Netherlands

How can we, as a municipality and residents, take faster steps towards less and cleaner energy? The municipality of Leiden asks this question to Leiden residents through a citizens' council. One hundred and fifty citizens who have been elected will think along and present a proposal with measures.
There will be a citizens' council in Leiden for the first time. The municipality of Leiden would like to involve residents in the energy transition. The energy transition affects the immediate surroundings of Leiden residents, such as their homes and means of transport. With the use of a citizens' council, the municipality wants to involve its residents more in this theme.

Attendants: 150

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Het Hogeland: Burgerberaad Het Hogeland (Environmental protection)

October 2021 - Groningen, Netherlands

The Environmental Planning Act, the regulations on zoning plans, plans of the municipality, province, water board, villages, protected areas, industrial sites, agricultural areas, that whole tangle is being overhauled in the Environmental Act, which fully determines the distribution of space in our municipality.
A working group of the council has set to work with the task of further elaborating the process of a citizens' council and the choices to be made, such as the demarcation of the playing field and frameworks. It now comes down to the fact that an Environmental Vision 1.0 will be adopted, policy-neutral and that a Citizens' Council will be set up for its actual implementation that will propose the 'values' of the areas in the municipalities in order to arrive at a value map.

Attendants: 25

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Toritama: Citizen Assembly Respirar Puro

November 2022 - Toritama, State of Pernambuco, Brazil

With the presence of residents and youth interested in reducing pollution, emitted by the chimneys of the laundries in Toritama, began the 'Citizen Assembly RespirAR Puro'. With the support of the Department of Agriculture and Environment of the Municipality of Toritama, the initiative, by Councilwoman Carol Gonçalves in partnership with Delibera Brasil aims to encourage the population to develop solutions on, "how can industrial laundries produce without polluting the air?".

Attendants: 40

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Vorarlberg: Regional Citizens' Juries "Energy Future 2050" (Energy Autonomy)

February to March 2010 - Vorarlberg, Austria

Regional Citizens' Assembly

In July 2009, the Vorarlberg state parliament decided on Vorarlberg's energy autonomy by 2050. In order to obtain suggestions and ideas from citizens, three regional citizens' assemblies will deal with Vorarlberg's energy future in February and March 2010. These were organized and carried out by the Energy Institute and the Office for Future Studies. The overarching theme was: "How can we realize energy autonomy?"

Attendants: 36

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Umgang mit Grund und Boden

22nd-23rd of September 2017 - Vorarlberg, Austria

This mini-public was the first of its kind in Vorarlberg. It was bottom-up initiated by a group/network of people focusing on soil and land. They collected almost 1400 signatures (1000 needed), handed it to the regional government, which then had to commission a mini-public (Bürgerrat) on this topic. The organization was handed to the the “Büro für Zukunftsfragen” and the department “Raumplanung und Baurecht” – in consultation with the initiating group. Thus, professional facilitation for the 27 randomly selected citizens (representative criteria based) was guaranteed (dynamic facilitation as key method). Two key questions were at the center of this mini-public: How can a diligent and forward-looking handling of land and soil look like? How can future generations find a healthy and sustainable living space as well, which satisfies todays’ needs? A set of recommendations was created (consultative process), focusing on what citizens think is needed for the future planning on soil and land. Although many suggestions were formulated in the end, they can summarized in three clusters: (1) affordable housing, (2) keep natural space and (3) agriculture. Eventually, these recommendations were presented at a Bürgercafé (Citizens Café) in front of politicians and citizens and afterwards discussed for further implementation within a “stakeholder meeting” (Resonanzgruppe), including politicians, citizens, initiators of the mini-public, participants of the mini-public, stakeholders and civil servants.

Attendants: 27

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Vorarlberg Klima-Zukunft

July 6th 2021 - Vorarlberg, Austria

Inspired by the Vorarlberg approach

Attendants: 21

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Thaya: Climate Jury

July 2021 - Thaya, Lower Austria, Austria

The initiative "We decide climate" has been campaigning for several years for the establishment of an Austrian climate citizens' assembly, a demand that has been taken up by the climate referendum and has now been passed by parliament. Inspired by this, the first Climate Citizens' Assembly on the topic of mobility in the Waldviertel took place in Thaya.
Participants met in the community hall to discuss the topic of "Mobility in the Waldviertel" and to formulate initial proposals and solutions. The event was an experiment to test this new format and at the same time to gather suggestions and experiences for upcoming citizens' assemblies.

Attendants: 20

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Regional Climate Councils in Tyrol

January to May 2023 - Tyrol, Austria

Three climate councils met in Tyrol: in Wattens/Volders, in the Kaunertal and on the Seefeld Plateau. Randomly selected citizens discussed climate-relevant issues in their region and developed proposals for solutions for policymakers.
Coordinated by Climate Alliance Tyrol and accompanied by the professional moderation team of Partizipation Tirol. The aim was to develop proposals for solutions to specific climate-relevant issues from the respective region.

Attendants: 60

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Permanent climate assembly in Brussels

February 2023 - Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Bruxelles, Belgium

The world's first permanent climate assembly began its work in Brussels. It will permanently accompany and co-determine local climate policy. Although there have already been many climate assemblies around the world in recent years, they have only ever met for a short time and not permanently.
In the Brussels-Capital Region of Belgium, citizens have now the opportunity to put issues on the agenda of a climate assembly and propose solutions to the problems associated with them. Citizens will also monitor what happens to these proposals. Because the members of the citizens' assembly will be changed every year, more and more Brussels citizens will thus be involved in Brussels' climate policy every year.

Attendants: 100

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Brussels: Assemblée Citoyenne Bruxelloise

November 30th 2019 - December 11th 2021 - Molenbeek-Saint-Jean, Bruxelles, Belgium

"The Brussels Citizens' Assembly is the first political institution in Brussels made up entirely of citizens chosen by lot.
Every six months, its 89 members deliberate on subjects within the competence of the Brussels region.
While waiting to become an official institution, the Assembly is organised by the citizens' political movement Agora, and its proposals are relayed in the parliament by the elected spokesperson of Agora."

Attendants: 89

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Canton Geneva: Forum Citoyen (Nature conservation and climate protection)

September 2020 to June 2021 - Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland

Mobility, green spaces, urban planning, climate or local food supply: A randomly selected citizens' forum in Geneva has developed proposals on how to improve the quality of life in the Swiss canton. This citizens' forum, unprecedented in Geneva, was set up on the initiative of State Councillor Antonio Hodgers, who is responsible for planning and the environment, following controversy over urban development projects and tree felling.
This is a great first for the canton of Geneva. Initiated and led by the Department of Territory, the Citizen Forum is implemented by a team from the University of Geneva coordinated by Professor Nenad Stojanović.

Attendants: 30

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The Hague: Burgerberaad Statenkwartier

May and June 2022 - Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

With the help of the municipality’s experts, participants from various backgrounds and ages explored various climate change topics. After introductions by several experts, participants debated and discussed
diverse issues, culminating in several proposals. These proposals give a clear signal: Do not hesitate! Get set to shape the energy transition in The Hague. Be truthful towards the residents of The Hague and get started on climate adaptation.

Attendants: 61

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H.a Atoll: Climate Assembly

February 2023 - Thiladhunmathee Uthuruburi, Maldives

The project aims to establish Citizens Climate Assemblies across the Maldives bringing together people from different backgrounds and islands to learn, discuss and make recommendations based on conclusions about what they think should happen on addressing the implications of Climate Change

Attendants: 50

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Sapporo: Climate Assembly Sapporo 2020

November 2019 to January 2021 - Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan

The Citizens' Conference on Climate discusses how to realize a decarbonized society with virtually zero greenhouse gas emissions, etc., among ordinary citizens selected by lottery, etc., and utilizes the results in national and local government policies. This conference, which has been spreading in Europe and other countries since around 2019, was the first in Japan to hold the "Citizens' Conference on Climate 2020" from November to December 11. We conducted a trial as a practical research (action research) to explore the possibility of a climate citizens' conference on how it can be applied to efforts toward the realization of a decarbonized society in Japan.
At the Citizens' Conference on Climate Sapporo 2020, 16 people were randomly selected from among approximately 172.20 million Sapporo citizens aged 4 and over so that their age and gender would approach the composition of Sapporo City as a whole. The selected citizens participated in a conference on the theme of "How should Sapporo realize the transition to a decarbonized society?" online four times for 16 hours.

Attendants: 16

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Musashino City, Tokyo: Climate Assembly Musashino City 2022

July to November 2022 - Musashino, Tokyo, Japan

In order for everyone to be aware of climate change and to take concrete actions to address the issue, the Citizens' Council on Climate Change has been established.
The Climate Citizen's Conference provides a forum for citizens selected by random sampling and other means to discuss global warming and climate change countermeasures.
The city will hold a total of five meetings to provide a forum for citizens selected by random sampling and other means to discuss global warming and climate change countermeasures. Based on the discussions at the conference, the city will create the Musashino Citizens' Action Plan for Overcoming the Climate Crisis (tentative name), which indicates the environmentally conscious actions of each citizen.

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Oxford: Citizens' Jury on the impact of travel on health and climate change in Oxford

September 2022 - Oxford, England, United Kingdom

A small team at the University of Oxford organised a Citizens' Jury to help answer important questions about how people can travel where they need to in Oxford in a climate-friendly way that promotes health.
Traffic and travel have an impact on people’s health and climate change, but it can be difficult to find transport policy solutions that work for everyone. All voices need to be heard on this issue, and citizens’ juries are a tried and tested, inclusive and balanced method that help communities solve local problems.
The aim was to create an opportunity for local residents to understand each other's views and experiences, and to reach decisions that people can agree on about how to make Oxford an inclusive, fair and safe place to move around in ways that are good for people’s health and the environment. We hope it will help to deepen democracy and empower local people.

Attendants: 16

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Oxford Citizens Assembly on Climate Change

September 2019 - October 2019 - Oxford, England, United Kingdom

With this assembly, Oxford became the first UK city to hold a citizens assembly on climate change to help address the issue of climate change, and consider the measures that should be taken in Oxford.

The Oxford Citizens Assembly on Climate Change took place on the weekends of Saturday 28 September and Sunday 29 September, and Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October 2019.

Attendants: 50

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Osterburg: Citizens' Jury "Climate Action Working Group"

October 2022 to March 2023 - Osterburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany

The Citizens' Assembly "Working Group on Climate Protection" was implemented in the model project "Shaping Local Democracy - Participation Practice for Urban Development in Small Towns". The pilot project is part of the pilot phase of the Small Town Academyand is scientifically supported by the vhw – Federal Association for Housing and Urban Development.

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Mannheim: Citizens' Jury "Climate Protection 2030"

August 2021 to July 2022 - Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

The Citizens' Assembly discusses the results of online participation in a protected space and can contribute its own ideas, expectations and needs to the process. The proposals are mirrored in a bundled manner with the strategy groups and the steering committee. The Citizens' Assembly "Climate Protection 2030" can also raise issues to the strategy groups. Members of the Citizens' Assembly are represented in the steering committee and in the strategy groups.

The Citizens' Assembly meets three times during the process.

Attendants: 24

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Climate Action Plan 2030

July 10th 2021 - April 2022 - Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Mannheim is setting new climate targets for 2030 and developing an action plan for them. This is done in cooperation with actors from the city administration and the city's society.

Attendants: 24

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Lemgo: Citizens' Forum "Climate-neutral transport in Lemgo 2035"

October 2022 - Lemgo, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

The city of Lemgo wants to become climate-neutral by 2035. So far so good. But how can this goal be achieved? Citizens of the city of Lemgo discussed this for four days and compiled their ideas. To this end, the participants listened to presentations from different perspectives and were then able to formulate their expertise in concrete recommendations for policy in the group work phases. The citizens' forum was rounded off by a politicians' hearing and an excursion, during which concrete traffic points in Lemgo in need of improvement were identified.

Attendants: 40

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Duisburg: Citizens' Jury "Climate Protection and Hydrogen NRW"

May to June 2023 - Duisburg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

The Citizens' Assembly takes place within the framework of the research project "PROTANZ. NRW". This deals with the socialacceptance of innovative technologies that should play an important role in achieving climate neutrality. It is financed with public funds by the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry, Climate Protection and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (MWIKE). The following are involved:
- Institute for the Study of Democracy and Participation (IDPF) at the University of Wuppertal
- Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
- RWTH Aachen
- Ruhr University Bochum
- Bochum University of Applied Sciences

Attendants: 50

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Bergisch Gladbach: Climate Jury

September 2022 - North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

A group of randomly selected citizens dealt intensively with the health consequences of the climate crisis. This resulted in many suggestions that are now to be prepared and presented to politicians in the city, state and federal government.

Attendants: 15

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Bordeaux: Citizens' Climate Convention

February 2023 to February 2024 - Bordeaux, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

It is about a participatory and collaborative approach that proposes to explore every two years an important issue for the future of the city and to consider solutions, ideas, orientations and strategies. The Great Citizen Dialogue thus proposes to all those who live or work in Bordeaux to join forces to reduce Bordeaux's impact on climate change and transform the city more quickly: reduction of the carbon footprint, restoration of biodiversity, development of renewable energies, reduction of heat islands, energy renovation of buildings, Development of healthy, local and accessible food for all, improvement of air quality.
For this, new cooperation, innovations, support for the evolution of individual and collective behavior and the acceleration of actions already undertaken are necessary.

Attendants: 59

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Namur: Panel citoyen pour le climat

October 201 to October 2022 - Namur, Wallonia, Belgium

As part of the revision of its climate energy plan, the City of Namur has launched a first Citizens' Panel for the Climate.
This panel brings together a group of 20 Namur citizens from all walks of life, brought to inform themselves and debate on ecological transition issues through animated workshops. Their mission: to propose concrete measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Namur, with the objective of a 55% reduction in GHGs by 2030 (compared to 1990) in sight.
Concretely, the citizens of the Panel participate in eight one-day workshops spread over one year, facilitated and organized by écoconso.

Attendants: 20

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Panel citoyen pour le climat de Namur

November 27th 2021 - Autumn 2022 - Namur, Wallonia, Belgium

The citizen panel will bring together a group of 20 Namur citizens (the panellists) from all walks of life to learn about and debate ecological transition issues through facilitated workshops with the aim of formulating proposals for concrete measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the Namur region.

Attendants: 20

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Forest: Conseil Citoyen Forestois (Climate Change, safety, cleanliness)

Autumn 2021 and autumn 2022 - Forest, Brussels, Belgium

The Forest Citizen Council is a participatory mechanism, composed of 37 inhabitants drawn by lot, representative of the diversity of the forest population. It feeds the decisions of the municipality with concerted opinions and concrete recommendations. The municipality of Forest wishes to better involve residents in the development of its municipal policies, facilitate interaction between residents and elected officials, and benefit from citizens' knowledge and experience of local realities, in order to inform public policies.
The topics dealt with by the Forest Citizen Council fall within the communal competences and the general interest of the Forestois.es.
Theme 1. Climate change
Theme 2. Security
Theme 3. Cleanliness

Attendants: 37

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Brussels: Climacteurs - 100 voix pour le Climat

November 14, 2015 - Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

“Climacteurs - 100 voices for the climate!” is a deliberative project of the Brussels Regional Government and the Brussels-Environment agency, organized by Particitiz, aiming to bring together a panel of young people from Brussels to debate climate change issues, on the sidelines of the COP21.
After an introduction in plenary session by experts in climate change and a Q&A session, the exchanges continued between citizens, by tables of 6 people each animated by a moderator, on three main subjects:
- reduction of emissions in the building sector,
- sustainable consumption,
- the involvement of citizens in the fight against climate change.

Attendants: 60

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Wattens/Volders: Citizens' Jury on Climate Change

February and March 2023 - Wattens, Tyrol, Austria

The randomly selected climate councillors developed solutions for important questions of the future: How can we design mobility in Wattens and Volders that serves people? And how do we develop the public space and the areas between the communities in such a way that the quality of life for everyone increases? Citizens were randomly selected and invited in advance via the population register, and participation was voluntary.

Attendants: 22

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Klimarat - Wattens und Volders

February 2023 - Wattens, Tyrol, Austria

22 randomly selected people from Wattens and Volders form a regional climate assembly. Together, they will develop proposals for solutions to important future issues in the communities.

Attendants: 22

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Vienna: Citizens' Juries "Viennese Climate 2022"

April and May 2022 - Vienna, Vienna, Austria

The climate crisis affects everyone. The City of Vienna had therefore launched the project "Vienna Climate Team". For the districts of Margareten, Simmering and Ottakring, all residents were called upon to contribute their climate protection ideas. Randomly selected citizen juries decided in November 2022 which project ideas should be implemented in their districts. Condition: Each idea must have a positive climate impact and be able to be implemented by the City of Vienna within two years.

With the Vienna Climate Team, the City of Vienna says it was breaking new ground in participation and cooperation: "Viennese can directly help shape their living environment and put their ideas into practice together with politicians and administrators. All participants pull together and learn from each other. The Vienna Climate Team thus sets an example for joint action, which we so urgently need in the fight against the climate crisis," it says on the city's website.

Attendants: 1110

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Arlon's Citizens' Panel on Climate Action

March - June 2022 - Arlon, Wallonia, Belgium

Many of the actions defined by the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan directly concern citizens, who through their homes, travel and consumption account for more than half of our territory's greenhouse gas emissions.

The steering committee therefore expressed the need for an external citizen perspective in order to improve and prioritize the project sheets as well as to identify what can help citizens implement certain actions or what prevents them from doing so. He therefore called on the SEED team at ULg to co-construct a process of citizen deliberation around energy and climate. This process led to the constitution of a panel of 20 citizens, through a rectified draw, which met during 4 evening workshops to discuss their practices in terms of mobility, housing and consumption. The intention behind the draw was to bring together citizens with various socio-demographic profiles, who were not accustomed to participatory bodies: 2004 citizens were drawn at random respecting a balance in terms of age, gender and location (city / villages).

Attendants: 20

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Panel citoyen pour l'énergie et le climat

March 23rd 2022 - June 2022 - Arlon, Wallonia, Belgium

The City of Arlon has signed up to the "New Covenant of Mayors" for energy and climate. What is the objective? To reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40% by 2030, on its territory. The local council of Arlon has adopted an action plan. Efforts are focused on mobility and buildings. If the municipality commits itself to its own buildings, it will not be possible to achieve the objectives without strong support from the population, hence the idea of setting up a citizen panel.

Attendants: 20

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Bologna's Citizens' Climate Assembly

May 2023 - October 2023 - Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

Bologna's Citizens' Assembly is a democratic instrument that aims to directly involve a sample of citizens, randomly drawn, to help propose and implement municipal policies. The Assembly is deliberative, i.e. it is based on a method of dialogue and argumentation between the participants. It is convened at most once a year, temporarily, on a particularly important issue, which falls within the competence of the Municipality of Bologna. This year, the Assembly will discuss climate change.

The Assembly consists of 100 members. 80 of these are people over 16 years old residing in the Municipality of Bologna, selected by random stratified sampling. The Assembly also welcomes 20 "city users", i.e. people who regularly frequent the city, but are not residents: 10 university students from the University of Bologna and 10 subscribers to public transport.

The Assembly must define proposals and recommendations to make Bologna a solar, renewable and sustainable city, accelerating the just energy transition, towards a model based on the reduction of energy consumption, energy efficiency, production and use of renewable energy, individual and collective self-consumption, energy communities.

In particular, the Assembly is working on three questions:

1. How to promote an energy transition of the city starting from the sectors with the most impactful climate-changing emissions, while guaranteeing the principle of equity and climate justice and combating the phenomena of poverty and marginalization?
2. How can institutions and citizens face and contain the main climatic risks of the city (heat islands, extreme weather events, floods, droughts, etc.)?
3. What are any obstacles found in the rules, services and regulations of municipal competence to the achievement of these objectives and possible improvements and innovations?

Attendants: 100

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Milan: Permanent Citizens’ Assembly on Climate

2022 - 2030 - Milan, Lombardy, Italy

The Municipality of Milan adopted (February 2022) the Air and Climate Plan – PAC, a strategic tool to protect health and the environment, aimed at reducing air pollution and responding to the climate emergency. The PAC consists of a package of 49 actions, one of which provides for the activation of a Permanent Citizens’ Assembly on Climate (Action 5.1.4), a participatory institution composed of a representative sample of 90 Milanese citizens, drawn by lots.

The Citizens’ Assembly officially kicked off on December 3rd 2022 with its first plenary meeting, which saw the participation of 45 citizens from all over the Municipality. Another 45 citizens were added in the month of March 2023, to reach the complete composition of 90 members. The Citizens’ Assembly will accompany the implementation of the Air and Climate Plan for all its duration (i.e. until 2030), in close relationship with the municipal administration.

Attendants: 90

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Westminster Citizens' Climate Assembly

June - July 2023 - London, England, United Kingdom

50 Westminster residents was selected at random to attend assembly sessions and address the following issue:
How can we overcome the main barriers to Westminster becoming a net zero city by 2040 together? How do we ensure this is delivered in the fairest way?

Members attended four sessions between June and July 2023 to learn about climate issues, discuss them and make recommendations. The recommendations is at the time of writing being reported to the council and will inform an updated version of their Climate Emergency Action Plan.

Attendants: 50

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Southampton Citizens’ Climate Assembly

September - December 2023 - Southampton, England, United Kingdom

Transport in Southampton make up 29% of total emissions, making it a key focus as part of the council’s ambitions to tackle climate change. But, what to do about transport emissions can be complex, with a wide variety or strongly held views. To tackle the issue, the Southampton Citizens’ Climate Assembly has been established with funding from the University of Southampton and University of Oxford, and support from Involve. This assembly will focus on climate change and transportation, aiming to provide informed recommendations for the City Council's to consider.

Attendants: 40

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Yverdon-les-Bains: Citizen Climate Council

September, 2022 - Yverdon-les-Bains, Vaud, Switzerland

Committed to integrating the concerns of its population into its climate strategy, the Municipality has decided to set up a Citizens' Climate Council by lot. Composed of 22 Yverdonnois, this group had the mission, for two weekends in September 2022, to discover the first version of the Climate Plan and improve it.

Attendants: 22

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Prilly: Citizens' Climate Assembly

December 6th, 2023 - Prilly, Vaud, Switzerland

In order to promote the population's adherence to municipal climate objectives, to federate stakeholders and involve them in decision-making on climate actions to be undertaken, the City of Prilly has set up a citizens' assembly for the climate, the most representative tool of participatory democracy of its population.

Attendants: 22

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Mallorca: Citizens' Climate assembly

February 18th, 2023 - Balearic Islands, Spain

In Mallorca, a climate assembly recommends limiting access for people, ships and cars to the Spanish island. These and 55 other recommendations were adopted by the assembly on 18 February 2023.

With the proposal to limit entry, a total of 32 proposals received the support of more than 90 percent of the citizens' assembly participants. The island government and Mallorca City Council have committed to implementing all proposals that receive a majority of at least 90 per cent.

Attendants: 60

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Barcelona: Citizens' Climate Assembly

September, 2022 to January, 2023 - Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

In Barcelona, Spain, a citizens' assembly collected ideas on how to solve the climate crisis from September 2022 to January 2023. 100 randomly selected people from 16 to 75 had the task of answering the question of what the city can do to address the climate crisis without increasing social inequalities.

The climate assembly addressed the climate emergency for the city of Barcelona as a whole, but the proposals developed could also relate to a neighbourhood or district. The content was about energy, mobility, air quality as well as the current consumption model and the resulting waste.

Attendants: 100

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Catalonia: Citizens' Climate Assembly

2023 - Catalonia, Spain

The Government of Catalonia (Generalitat) has announced that it will establish a new body called Citizens’ Assembly for Climate with the express purpose of making the drafting of environmental policy more direct, participatory and democratic.

The Assembly, which is expected to be ready to meet in the first trimester of 2023, will have the role of generating ideas on how to tackle climate change. These ideas will be submitted to the executive branch, which will then pass them on to the regional parliament to debate whether to adopt them as laws.

Attendants: 100

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Zwolle: Citizens' Council

March/April 2024 - Zwolle, Overijssel, Netherlands

The aim of the Zwolse citizens' council is to summarize the discovery of possibilities and the avoidance of stalemates when making policy choices. The working group wants to make the voice and interests of residents firmly heard in the policy design, the outcome and its implementation. The citizens' council can help to advance in policy by sharing knowledge and experiences with each other, so that cross-pollination takes place and the attendees inspire each other.

Attendants: 120

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Rotterdam: Citizens' Council on Climate

2024 - Rotterdam, South Holland, Netherlands

The Board of B & W wants to involve residents in making climate policy and therefore sets up a Citizens' Council for Climate Policy. A group of Rotterdammers will receive an invitation by drawing lots to think about how the climate goals of 2030 can be achieved. The members of the Citizens' Council will discuss with each other which climate measures they want to propose. The preparation of the Rotterdam Citizens' Council Climate will start in the spring of 2023 and will take place in 2024.

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Addu City: Citizen Climate Assemblies

February 2023 - Addu City, Maldives

Open calls galore! Maldives readies itself for the first ever, historic Citizen Climate Assemblies with announcements for Addu City as well as H.a and H. dh Atoll. The assemblies are being initiated by local non-governmental, non-profit organization Ecocare Maldives advocating for sustainability and protection of the environment.

According to Ecocare, the first session is to be held at Addu City from 26 to 28 February and will aim to include at least 50 participants from each region. These events will see to it that ideas and experiences of citizens are shared in a group format, and will reach its conclusion before the end of this year.

Attendants: 50

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Kawasaki: Climate Assembly Kawasaki 2021

March, 2021 - Kawasaki, Kanagawa, Japan

Attendants: 75

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Bolzano: Citizens' Climate Assembly

February 2nd, 2023 - Bolzano, Trentino-South Tyrol, Italy

Almost every day, politicians at all levels appeal to citizens to take personal responsibility, to save, and to behave in an environmentally and climate-friendly manner in general. On the other hand, anyone who demands climate-friendly behavior from people, who calls on them to make sacrifices, must also involve them in the search for ways out of these crisis situations. And this is happening across Europe in the form of these “citizens’ councils on climate change”.

Governor Arno Kompatscher recently announced the establishment of a state-wide citizens’ council on the subject of climate change. Now Mayor Caramaschi also accepted our proposal for the establishment of a so-called citizens’ council on the subject of climate change on February 2nd in the Bolzano municipal council. The organizational model for this citizen participation is currently being worked out.

Attendants: 100

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Shipley Citizens’ Jury on Climate Change

September, 2022 to November, 2022 - Shipley, England, United Kingdom

In 2020, Shipley Town Council declared a Climate Emergency. In 2022, supported by funding
from the National Lottery, Shipley Town Council commissioned a Citizens’ Jury on Climate
Change and tasked them with answering the question:

‘How can we work together in Shipley to limit climate change and its impacts while protecting our environment and health?’

Attendants: 25

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The Romsey Citizens’ Assembly

December, 2019 - Romsey, England, United Kingdom

The Romsey Citizens’ Assembly was formed to discuss the future of Romsey Town Centre. Forty-two citizens broadly reflecting the population of Romsey and the surrounding parishes met over two weekends in November to discuss the issues and question experts before coming up with detailed recommendations to present to councillors.

Attendants: 42

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The Pen Llŷn Community Assembly on the Climate

July, 2022 to spring 2023 - Wales, United Kingdom

The Pen Llŷn Community Assembly on the Climate is in action!

The first assembly session was held in July 2022 and the last session will take place in spring 2023.

The assembly members are busy working together to create an Action Plan that will slow down and reduce the effects of climate change locally. Quite a challenge but there are already heaps of ideas and plenty of enthusiasm!

Attendants: 50

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North of England: Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury

July, 2021 to September, 2021 - Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

The Jury has worked over 30 hours, and ten weeks, to produce a set of recommendations to the sector; their views as social housing tenants as to how to answer the question “how can tenants, social housing providers, and others work together to tackle climate change in our homes and neighbourhoods?”

Tackling climate change is as much a tenant engagement consideration as an asset management issue, and central to answering this question was how the process of decarbonising homes can be as much as possible made a collaborative effort between landlord and tenant.

The process was designed and facilitated by the social enterprise Shared Future. The report explains the process followed and, in their own words, the Jury’s conclusion responding to the Jury question in the form of a statement and, of course, their recommendations.

The Social Housing Tenants’ Climate Jury was commissioned by the Northern Housing Consortium in partnership with five housing associations: First Choice Homes Oldham, Karbon Homes, Salix Homes, Thirteen Group, and Yorkshire Housing.

Attendants: 30

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The Dyffryn Peris Community Assembly on the Climate

May, 2022 to spring 2023 - Wales, United Kingdom

The Dyffryn Peris Community Assembly on the Climate has created a Community Climate Action Plan!

The first assembly session was held in May 2022 and the last session took place in spring 2023.

Attendants: 50

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The Dyffryn Ogwen Community Assembly on the Climate

May, 2022 to spring 2023 - Betws-y-Coed, Wales, United Kingdom

The Dyffryn Ogwen Community Assembly on the Climate has created a Community Climate Action Plan!

The first assembly session was held in May 2022 and the last session took place in spring 2023.

Attendants: 50

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The Dyffryn Nantlle Community Assembly on the Climate

June, 2022 to spring 2023 - Caernarfon, Wales, United Kingdom

The Dyffryn Nantlle Community Assembly on the Climate has created a Community Climate Action Plan!

The first assembly session was held in June 2022 and the last session took place in spring 2023.

Attendants: 50

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The Bro Ffestiniog Community Assembly on the Climate

June, 2022 to spring 2023 - Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales, United Kingdom

The Bro Ffestiniog Community Assembly on the Climate has created a Community Climate Action Plan!

The first assembly session was held in June 2022 and the last session took place in spring 2023.

Attendants: 50

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Birmingham: A citizens’ panel on home energy decarbonisation

April, 2022 to June, 2022 - Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

This project, a collaboration between Lancaster University and the Climate Change
Committee (CCC), brought together a citizens’ panel to develop policies to support UK
owner-occupiers to decarbonise their homes in line with the UK’s statutory target of net
zero emissions by 2050.

The question used to guide the panel’s work was:
“What needs to happen to bring home energy use in line with the need to tackle climate
change?’”

Participants spent 25 hours over seven sessions, both online and in person, learning
about the policy area and working with CCC analysts to design solutions they thought
would work for owner-occupiers.

Attendants: 25

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Klima-Bürgerrat in Stuttgart

March - June 2023 - Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

What role does the city of Stuttgart play in climate protection and what measures should Stuttgart take to help achieve the 1.5 degree target of the Paris Climate Agreement? This question was addressed by 61 randomly selected citizens from March to June 2023. On 17 June 2023, they agreed on 24 recommendations.

Attendants: 61

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Neumünster: Klimabürgerrat

April 5th, 2023 - Neumünster, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany

In March 2022, the council meeting in Neumünster decided to set up a climate citizens' assembly as a new form of citizen participation as part of a model project. The Climate Assembly is supported by the nexus Institute, which specialises in citizen participation projects.

The Climate Assembly took place in two non-public meetings. In the first meeting on 19 November 2022, the 30 Neumünster residents who are members of the Climate Citizens' Assembly dealt with the topic of "parking space use".
The second session in January 2023 dealt with the topic of "Sustainable use of land". The two meetings were not open to the public.

Attendants: 30

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Klima-Aufbruch in Erlangen

February, 2022 to July, 2022 - Erlangen, Bavaria, Germany

In the German city of Erlangen, a citizens' jury together with a group of stakeholders has developed a climate policy roadmap. Of the 41 proposed measures, 14 are to be initially prioritised in 2023. This was decided by the city council on 27 October 2022.

The city of Erlangen has set itself the goal of meeting the 1.5°C climate target on its own city territory. Erlangen is to become net-zero before 2030, i.e. not to emit more climate-damaging gases into the atmosphere than are absorbed by forests on the city's territory, for example. Therefore, the administration wants to concentrate first on the results of citizen participation, which promise a fast and high reduction of carbon emissions and motivate other actors within the city society to act.

Attendants: 25

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Paris: Conference Citoyenne

September 27, 2020 to October 18, 2020 - Paris, Île-de-France, France

Adapting public space for people with disabilities, modernising urban lighting to reduce its ecological footprint, installing reflective strips along bike lanes to make bikes easier to see at night, making the Petite Ceinture more accessible and capping more parts of the ring road - these are some of 30 recommendations made by a citizens' assembly on climate-friendly urban development in Paris, presented on 10 November 2020.

The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, had created the citizens' assembly in order to equip the French capital with a climate-friendly urban development plan with its help. This lengthy process was launched in September 2020 and is expected to be completed by 2024. The plan is to add an important piece to the Paris climate protection rule puzzle with the "local climate urban development plan".

Attendants: 100

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Le Grand dialogue citoyen

February 3, 2023 - February 1, 2024 - Bourdeaux, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

A participatory and collaborative approach that proposes to explore an important issue, for the future of the city and to consider solutions, ideas, orientations and strategies.

In 2023 the topic identified is "The City of Bordeaux facing the state of climate emergency".

Attendants: 101

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Uusimaa: Kansalaisraati liikenteen päästövähennystoimiin Uudellamaalla

May 5th, 2022 - Uusimaa, Finland

Achieving emission reductions in transport in Uusimaa requires more functional public transport throughout the region, the citizens' jury estimates. The jury considers that the private car is essential for many people outside population centres, and emphasises the electrification of motoring as a necessary part of the sustainability transformation of transport.

These and many other recommendations were the result of a citizens' discussion organised by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council, the Finnish Environment Institute and the University of Turku to consider climate solutions for transport. The results of the discussions have been summarised in a written statement that was handed over to the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council on May 5th.

Attendants: 32

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Hørsholm Kommunes Klimaborgerpanel

November 28th, 2022 - Hørsholm, Denmark

The Climate Assembly consists of 22 citizens who will make recommendations on how Hørsholm will become a CO2-neutral and climate-resilient municipality by 2050.

The recommendations are part of the preparation of the municipality's upcoming climate action plan.

Attendants: 23

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A Assembleia Cidadã do Clima de Salvador

November and December 2022 - Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil

The population of Soteropolitana is affected by climate change, with the aggravation of problems such as floods and landslides. More than ever, climate issues must be addressed and have a central role in building actions to confront them. The Citizen Assembly of the Climate of Salvador promoted a journey of exchange of knowledge and experiences, analysis of scenarios and deliberation on climate policies of our city.

Attendants: 40

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The Blackburn with Darwen People’s Jury on the Climate Change Crisis

December 2022 - Blackburn, England, United Kingdom

Climate change is an incredibly complex problem and citizens must be at the centre of any way forward. The challenge is how to meaningfully involve the public in identifying the ideas, strategies and actions needed. The Blackburn with Darwen People’s Jury is an attempt to do this through inviting members of the local population to answer the question ‘What do we need to do in our homes, in business and our local area to respond to the climate change crisis?’

Attendants: 32

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Poland's Citizens’ Assembly on Energy Poverty

October 1st, 2022 - Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland

National assembly

The purpose of the assembly was to encourage local and central authorities’ action to fight energy poverty in Poland by producing recommendations on three dimensions of the problem: high energy costs, low income, and low energy efficiency of the buildings. Read more here: https://naradaoenergii.pl

English translation of the report

Attendants: 86

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Warszawski: Climate Panel

November 3rd 2020 - November 28th 2020 - Warsaw, Masovian Voivodeship, Poland

Regional assembly

Global warming and the climate change it causes is one of the greatest challenges we all face. These are the challenges we have to face here and now - that is why the Warsaw Climate Panel was organised.It was dedicated to the efficient use of energy in the city - economical management and production from environmentally friendly sources (such as solar energy). In order to adapt to the new conditions in which the inhabitants of Warsaw will have to live, many actions have to be carried out on different levels. One of them is a change in the approach to energy production and consumption. How to increase the energy efficiency of Warsaw and the share of renewable energy in the city's energy balance?

Attendants: 90

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Frome Town Council - Climate panel

November 12 - 5 December 2019 - Frome, England, United Kingdom

A panel of local experts will introduce the topics and key opportunities, and a ‘world café’ style workshop will follow enabling groups to explore different solutions. These ideas will feed into the Council’s climate emergency plan due to be published in the new year.

Attendants: 125

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Nottingham Youth Climate Assembly 2022

July 2022 - Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Local politicans and businesses must listen to young people from our diverse communities because it’s their future that’s in the balance.
We organised Nottingham’s first ever Citizens Assembly in July 2022. The Assembly’s members were aged 15-18, supported by a Youth Panel of people aged up to 25. The Assembly produced a manifesto based on four key areas:
1) transport | 2) Food | 3) Shopping & consumption | 4) Nature

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Climate Assembly Nottingham

June 2020 - Nottingham, England, United Kingdom

Nottingham Climate Assembly is a group of local people who came together in June 2020 to explore the potential for a Citizens Assembly. Their aim was to involve local residents in responding to environment issues. All participants live in the Greater Nottingham area, but they know their steering group needs to be more diverse and are welcome to advice and input from everyone.

Attendants: 60

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Climate workshop, Histon and Impington villages

October 30 2019 - November 2 2019 - Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

The workshop will utilise Sweden's ClimateView, currently in use at the highest levels of the Swedish government. This is its first use in the UK to create climate solutions at local level. ClimateView provides an evidence-based methodology that encourages all sections of the community to come together to collaborate on tackling the climate crisis.

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Citizen's Climate Assembly in Washington

November 2020 - March 2021 - Washington, United States

The first of its kind in this country, the Assembly is an independently run, non-partisan direct democracy initiative, bringing together roughly 80 state residents, demographically representative in terms of age, race/ethnicity, education, geography, and other socio-economic indicators.
Over the course of several weeks together online, Assembly members will learn from science and policy experts, develop connections, and deliberate on a specific aspect reducing climate pollution. They will then identify and recommend policies to lawmakers. Legislators will know that the recommendations represent the will of a cross section of their constituents when crafting climate policy and law.
All Washingtonians will have the opportunity to attend the learning segments of the Assembly and play a role by providing input at various stages.

The WA Climate Assembly will focus on answering the following question:
How can Washington State equitably design and implement climate mitigation strategies while strengthening communities disproportionately impacted by climate change across the State?

Attendants: 80

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Edmonton Citizens' Panel on Energy & Climate

October 2012 - Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

A 56-member citizens' reference panel commissioned by the City of Edmonton to weigh in on the development of an energy transition plan. The recommendations of the panel were accepted by the administration and integrated into the final Energy Transition Strategy.

From October to December, 2012, 56 Edmontonians gathered to deliberate about climate change and energy vulnerability in a municipal policy making context. The Panel worked together over six day-long sessions. The Session Reports give a day-by-day overview of main deliberation activities.

Panelists heard from City representatives, industry, and university experts, and took part in facilitated exercises to help them identify common ground. Citizens drew upon an expert-developed Energy Transition Discussion Paper in developing recommendations for the City’s consideration. At the end of the five-sessions, members were assigned specific post-panel deliverables (media requests, supply purchases, publicity, and meeting attendance, etc.) to bring the conclusions they reached in meeting to the rest of the community.

The Panel’s Final Report was completed in January 2013 and presented to City Council’s Executive Committee on April 15th, 2013.

Attendants: 56

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Łódzkie: Łódź Climate Panel

July 9, 2019 - Łódź Voivodeship, Poland

The Łódź Climate Panel is a community that requests public consultations on reducing the impact of the city of Łódź on climate change while maintaining the quality of life of its inhabitants. The group brings together 26 organizations, including the Institute of Civil Affairs, and more are joining every day.

Attendants: 700

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Wrocław - Panel Obywatelski

Late 2021 - Wrocław, Lower Silesian Voivodeship, Poland

The topic of the first civic panel in Wrocław was: "How to improve the movement around Wrocław, taking into account the improvement of the quality of life and climate protection?".

Attendants: 75

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Irish Youth Assembly

November 16 - 2019 - Dublin 2, County Dublin, Ireland

More than 150 young people discussed how the Republic of Ireland can tackle global warming as they attended the country's first Youth Assembly on climate change. The delegates were aged between 10 and 17 and met in the Dáil (Irish parliament) on Friday. The matters discussed ranged from the environment, economics and food to power and education. It resulted in 10 recommendations to be put to politicians.
"We, the youth of Ireland, call on our elected representatives and on adults to listen," their statement began.
County Donegal delegate Conal O'Boyle, 17, told the assembly that children were united behind the science that proves that we are in the "fast lane to a climate breakdown".
He said members of the Dáil had "embarrassed this country on an international level when it comes to climate action".

Attendants: 150

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Lisbon's Green PB

2019 - Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

Starting in 2019 Lisbon City Council's first ever 'green' PB, an initiative supported and managed by South Pole and EIT ClimateKIC's City Finance Lab, has been allocated a €5 million budget to support climate change mitigation and adaptation projects selected by local citizens.

Part of Lisbon City's wider participatory budget, it sets aside funds for projects with positive climate change mitigation and adaptation impacts, such as cycling lanes, tree planting for street heat reduction, or water capture and storage. The impact of the 'green' participatory budget is designed to be two-fold; ensuring constant annual investments into the city's low-carbon transition, whilst also raising awareness among citizens of the benefits of climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.

Attendants: 304

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Lisbon Climate Assembly

May 14-15, 2022 - Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal

All citizens, aged 16 or over, are invited to sign up to participate in a day of debate and construction of proposals for Lisbon around a specific theme, which will be announced before the day.
Throughout the year, there will be several debate days with different themes, in which citizens will have the opportunity to participate.
As it is not possible to have everyone present in the debate, 50 citizens will be selected by independent and impartial entities. The lottery gives everyone exactly the same opportunity to participate. This group of 50 selected people will represent the population of Lisbon in terms of age, level of education, gender, professional situation and parish.

Attendants: 50

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Thurrock Climate and Fairness Panel

January-February 2021 - England, United Kingdom

Task: “What practical steps should we take together in Thurrock and the surrounding area to address the climate crisis and restore nature in a way that is fair for everyone?”

Attendants: 20

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South Wales Valleys Climate and Fairness Panel

Late 2020 - Early 2021 - Neath, Wales, United Kingdom

The UK and Welsh governments have both made clear their determination to address the climate and nature crises. Efforts to decarbonise and restore nature over the next few years and decades will impact people and communities far more than ever before, and so now they must necessarily involve them more too.

Attendants: 19

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Leicester's Climate Assembly

January 18 2020 - Leicester, England, United Kingdom

Task: “Which aspects of the vision, and which of the suggested actions did the attendees agree with or think would have further benefts for the city? Was there anything attendees disagreed with? Were there any concerns about the impact the visions and actions would have on people’s lives, and ideas on how these concerns should be addressed? What barriers might there be to implementing the vision and actions, and ideas on how these could be overcome? What was the level of support for the actions? Was the anything missing from the vision and actions that should be added?”

Attendants: 53

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Aberdeenshire Climate and Fairness Panel

February-March 2021 - Scotland, United Kingdom

Task: “What practical steps should we take together in Aberdeenshire to address the climate crisis and restore nature in a way that is fair for everyone?”

8 online-sessions at weekends and evenings over 6 weeks

Attendants: 21

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Mini Assembly with citizens of Wolverhampton

February 3rd 2020 - February 21st 2020 - Wolverhampton, England, United Kingdom

In July 2019, the City of Wolverhampton Council became the first local authority in the Black Country to declare a Climate Emergency. The council has made a commitment to reduce its CO2 levels to net zero by 2028, and to ensure all strategic decisions and budgets are in line with the shift to net carbon zero. The mini Citizens’ Assembly is a key means by which the council has engaged with its
residents during its consultation on the climate change emergency.

Attendants: 16

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Manchester Climate Change Assembly

August 9th 2021 - September 23rd 2021 - Manchester, England, United Kingdom

Climate change could be the biggest threat humanity has ever faced! In response, Manchester City Council has committed to reducing the city’s carbon emissions to net zero by 2038 – or earlier.

The Community Assembly on climate change was run by Envirolution, Manchester Climate Change Agency and In Our Nature to learn from residents all over Manchester about what support they need to reduce their emissions and give them the opportunity to use their ideas and thoughts to help shape the future of our city.

Attendants: 106

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Herefordshire Ciizens' Climate Assembly

January 13th - 30th 2022 - England, United Kingdom

In January 2022, the Herefordshire Citizens' Climate Assembly was held to discuss: 'How should Herefordshire meet the challenges of climate change?'
The assembly heard from expert speakers, discussed the issues involved and decided what steps should be taken. The recommendations will be used to influence council policy and spending priorities to help Herefordshire become a zero-carbon, nature-rich county by 2030.
In total, 35 recommendations were developed within the themes of buildings; transport; and food, farming and land-use.

Attendants: 48

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Hackney Citizen assembly on Climate Change

March 3rd 2022 - Summer 2022 - England, United Kingdom

A citizens’ assembly hosted by Hackney Council on 3 March will mark the next step of engagement with local residents on plans to tackle the climate crisis over the next 20 years.

The assembly follows a green recovery engagement event in the autumn, and will feature a group of residents drawn from the Council’s Hackney Matters panel - aimed at being as representative as possible to reflect the diverse interests of residents.

Participants will first hear about the makeup of emissions in Hackney, before exploring how residents and the Council can work together to reduce emissions in areas where they can have a significant impact on climate change, such as the things we buy - like food, clothes and electricals - and the heating and electricity used in homes.

Attendants: 50

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Glasgow COP 26 Citizens assembly

August 5th - 21st 2021 - Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

Glasgow City Council has therefore commissioned Ipsos MORI to deliver a Citizens' Assembly.
Ipsos MORI designed and facilitated a Citizens' Assembly with 50 participants focusing on the legacy of COP26 and Glasgow's transition towards net zero. The Assembly met over five sessions to learn, deliberate and discuss these issues before making decisions and prioritising recommendations for the Council.
Each session comprised a mix of expert presentations, plenary discussion and smaller group discussions.

Attendants: 50

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Furness Climate Change Citizens’ Jury

November 16th 2021 - February 8th 2022 - England, United Kingdom

The Furness Citizens’ Jury on Climate Change was a deliberative process run as part of the work of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and sponsored through funding from the National Lottery Climate Action Fund and Barrow Borough Council. The jury saw 25 citizens come together to consider the question, “What should happen in the Furness area to address the emergency of climate change?”

Attendants: 25

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Barnet Climate Assembly

June 2022 - Barnet, England, United Kingdom

The citizens’ assembly on climate change and biodiversity will allow residents to contribute to the council’s plan to make its own operations carbon neutral by 2030 and for the wider borough to reach net zero by 2042.

Attendants: 40

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Besaya's citizen's jury on fair and inclusive ecological transition

May 28th 2021 - July 10th 2021 - Cantabria, Spain

How to make the most of European Green Funds in the Besaya basin to create and/or maintain jobs that respect the criteria of a fair and inclusive ecological transition? During more than 30 hours of work, the panel listened to various experts as well as proposals from interested groups and individuals who have something to contribute. They agreed on a common vision on how to invest these European ERDF and ESF funds in the region. They were also able to assess and propose concrete measures to turn this investment into jobs in the framework of the European ecological transition. Finally, they delivered a written recommendation to the Cantabrian government.

Attendants: 35

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Uster: Citizen Panel for more Climate Protection

August 28th 2021 - September 12th 2021 - Uster, Zurich, Switzerland

After an introduction to the topic and a survey of experts, the participants entered into a dialogue and developed ideas and recommendations for climate protection measures in Uster. They developed recommendations in the areas of information transfer, waste and consumption, urban planning and mobility.

Attendants: 20

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Thalwil citizen's panel

June 2022 - Thalwil, Zurich, Switzerland

20 people will be selected to participate in so-called ""citizens' panels"" on the topic of ""climate protection measures, focus on buildings and mobility"" over two weekends.
In these moderated workshops with expert interviews, the participants discuss climate protection measures for the community of Thalwil. The results are summarised in a report for the local council and the authorities, and the results are presented to the general public.

Attendants: 20

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Rheden: Citizens' meeting "G1000 Rheden"

June 25th 2022 - Rheden, Gelderland, Netherlands

How can the municipality of Rheden be CO2 neutral in 2040? This is the question that G1000 Rheden is tackling. Around 500 participants representing the whole community will start talking to each other from 25 June. In this way, the residents can help the politicians with these important tasks. And residents can make their voices heard more often than in the voting booth.

Attendants: 500

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Gelderland: Burgerberaad Gelderland 

September 2022 - November 2022 - Gelderland, Netherlands

Attendants: 150

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Amsterdam mini citizens' deliberation

November 1st 2021 - November 15th 2021 - Amsterdam, North Holland, Netherlands

Amsterdam wants to reduce CO₂ emissions by 55% by 2030 compared to 1990. With the current measures, this target is not yet within reach. The prognosis is that a 37% reduction will be achieved. The Mini Citizens' Council has therefore been authorised to advise the municipality on what additional measures the municipality of Amsterdam can take to achieve these climate targets.

Attendants: 81

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Miskolc: Air! Miskolc Community Meeting – 2021

September 18th 2021 - October 3rd 2021 - Miskolc, Hungary

"What can we do together to improve air quality in Miskolc?
The participants of the community meeting listened to expert presentations and then deliberated with the help of independent facilitators.
(1) Dynamic and efficient public transport.
(2) Launching a communication programme to broaden the knowledge of environmental protection on the municipality's communication interfaces.
(3) The municipality should have a comprehensive greening programme in which it also recognises community initiatives and actively involves the population in its implementation.
(4) Development of North-South electric public transport
(5) Creation, networking, repair and maintenance of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure,. taking into account flood protection aspects.
(6) Establishment of an energy advisory office in a one-stop-shop system.
(7) Launching an example of a stove replacement programme for people in fuel poverty in a selected area, complemented by training on good cooking techniques."

Attendants: 50

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Integrated climate protection concept of the city of Offenburg

May 5th 2021 - July 9th 2021 - Offenburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

Climate change has arrived in our country. Action to halt man-made global warming is urgently needed. In this context, international agreements are important and provide us with the necessary framework for action to counter this global phenomenon. At the same time, local action is also required. And this is where municipalities play a special role: they can set a good example in their buildings and help reduce CO2 emissions locally. Cities and municipalities act close to their citizens and can motivate them to act in the interests of climate protection. Municipalities are planners and regulators and can contribute to increasing energy efficiency, for example by specifying energy standards for building areas.

Attendants: 30

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Citizens' Assembly Urban Development Plan 2040

November 29th 2021 - June 2022 - Munich, Bavaria, Germany

The Department of Planning and Building Regulations sent out 3,000 invitations to randomly selected residents of Munich. The citizens were selected at random in such a way that they are representative of all the inhabitants of Munich: they come from all districts, are of different ages, have different genders and different nationalities. The citizen council consists of 120 people. In four sessions, the citizens' council will discuss, among other things, the following questions: What should and must Munich look like in the future? Where should green and open spaces be preserved, created and networked? How and on what paths do we want to move forward? Where should flats be built in the future? And how do we shape our city in the face of climate change?

Attendants: 120

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Freiburg: Climate Citizens' Assembly Freiburg Region

May- July 2022 - Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

The municipality of Freiburg believes that active climate and environmental protection as a topic for society as a whole must be considered on a supra-regional level and that appropriate solutions must also be worked out with the surrounding communities. The idea: About 90 participants from Freiburg and the surrounding area meet, develop recommendations for our region, exchange ideas with experts from various fields and also contribute their own experiences. At the end of the process, the recommendations are handed over to the relevant politicians or local councils.

Attendants: 90

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Bürgerrat in der VHS

January 15-16th 2022 - Bergisch Gladbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

We vividly demonstrated the multifaceted connection between the dramatic development of climate change and the health of each individual and the population. It became easy to understand here and in the subsequent discussion why the topic of climate change and health is important both locally and globally and thus an ideal focus topic of the planned first Bergisch Gladbach Citizens' Assembly.

Attendants: 45

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Panel citoyen pour la mise en place de ZFE

October 2022 - Decembre 2021 - Lyon, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

From the summer of 2022, the Low Emission Zone will take a new step forward. This is a huge change in the lives of many inhabitants. This is why the Metropolis of Lyon has decided to convene a citizens' panel: twenty or so people drawn at random will give their opinion to the elected representatives after meeting with experts.

Attendants: 20

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Convention citoyenne - Clermont Ferrand

November 26th 2021 - Summer 2022 - Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

The Citizens' Convention is a group of Clermont-Ferranders chosen at random, so as to be representative of the population, who will receive experts and discuss among themselves with the aim of developing concrete measures for the future of the city.
The objective of the Citizens' Convention is to collectively build the ecological, social and democratic transition of Clermont-Ferrand by involving the people of Clermont-Ferrand in the policy-making process.
In concrete terms, this panel of inhabitants will be responsible for formulating guidelines and proposing concrete measures to lead the transition of the territory by ensuring that everyone can participate equally in the work of the convention.
The objective of this process is to bring out recommendations and recommendations for translating ecological, social and democratic transitions into everyday actions in order to improve the lives of the people of Clermont-Ferrand in the current context, but above all to prepare for the future.

Attendants: 70

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The Turku deliberates citizens' panel

May 2020 - Turku, Finland

"As part of the development of a new master plan, the City of Turku sought to engage its citizens in the planning
process. It contracted Åbo Akademi University and Tampere University to do this. We used a democratic innovation,
a deliberative mini-public, to discover an informed public opinion on the transport system in the city centre. To engage a diverse group of people, we used random sampling in recruiting participants. The Turku deliberates -citizens’
panel, with 171 participants, took place in mid-May 2020, and was organised online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
As a novel feature in the growing field of deliberative mini-publics, Turku deliberates also included local councillors
deliberating together with citizens in some of the small-groups. "

Attendants: 171

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Borgersamling i Rudersdal

October 31st 2020 - April 28th 2021 - Rudersdal Municipality, Denmark

At the citizens' rally, the citizens worked on values, themes and possible solutions with the aim of making recommendations to politicians. The focus of the Rudersdal Citizens' Gathering was the UN's global goal. They had to answer the question: "What should life in Rudersdal look like in a sustainable future, where we achieve the global goals together?"

Attendants: 37

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Borgersamling Bæredygtigt Forbrug

September 24th 2022 - April 2023 - Vejle, Denmark

On 24 May, 20,000 Danes from the Capital Region, the Southern Denmark Region, Frederiksberg Municipality, Rudersdal Municipality and Vejle Municipality are invited to participate in a citizens' meeting, where they will formulate their vision for a future with sustainable consumption. The vision is to be submitted in the form of a set of recommendations to the elected representatives of the three municipalities and the two regions.
Over the next year, We Do Democracy, together with a strong team of climate and sustainability agendas, will design and develop the Citizens' Assembly on Sustainable Consumption, secure the mandate of the Citizens' Assembly, establish the criteria for the Citizens' Raffle, select the panel of experts and plan the themes and programme of the Citizens' Assembly.

Attendants: 66

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BORGERSAMLING I KØBENHAVNS MIDDELALDERBY

August 27th 2019 - November 5th 2019 - Copenhagen, Denmark

How can you best reduce car traffic in the city centre to improve the quality of life, reduce noise/air pollution and provide space for new communities in the urban space? In the transformation of the medieval city of Copenhagen, a citizens' assembly was chosen for the first time as a method for the project "Less car traffic and better everyday life" with We Do Democracy as process advisor in collaboration with Analysis and Figures.

Attendants: 36

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Aarhus Klimaborgersamling

January 28th, 2023 - Aarhus, Denmark

On August 17th 2022, it was decided by Aarhus City Council, that Aarhus Municipality should have their own Climate Assembly, where citizens can have their voices heard in the organisation of climate policy in Aarhus. The assembly was given the task by Aarhus Municipality to produce recommendations within the topics of 'Engagement and Behavior' and 'Mobility', where they were trained by leading experts within the subjects.

Attendants: 27

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Mini-borgersamling om klimavenlig transport

January 19th 2021 - June 19th 2021 - Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus Municipality asked the mini-citizens' meeting to make recommendations on how we can achieve the municipality's ambitions for the green transport transition. That is, all the ways we travel when we go to work, school or when we have free time - whether we drive, take the bus, light rail, cycle or walk. The question is: How can we halve CO2 emissions from the transport sector by 2030?

Attendants: 24

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Mobilität im Waldviertel

April 2023 - Niederösterreich, Austria

This Climate Assembly was inspired by the Vorarlberg approach, held in Vorarlberg in western Austria.

Attendants: 20

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Climate Assembly UK (CAUK)

January 25th, 2022 - Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

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Attendants: 110

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Austria's Citizens' Assembly for the Climate

Austria

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Luxembourg's Climate Assembly

January 29 - 8 September 2022 - Luxembourg

Read more about the national climate assembly on our site or go to: https://www.klima-biergerrot.lu/

Attendants: 100

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Spain's Citizens' Assembly for the Climate

June 2022 - Spain

Read more here: https://asambleaciudadanadelcambioclimatico.es/la-asamblea-ciudadana-para-el-clima-aprueba-sus-recomendaciones/

Ireland’s Citizens Assembly

2 weekends between 30 September and 5 November 2017 - Ireland

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Attendants: 99

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France Citizens’ Convention on the Climate (La Convention Citoyenne pour Le Climat)

October 24th, 2019 - France

National assembly

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Attendants: 150

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Conférence citoyenne sur les déchets ménagers

25th of March-21st of May 2008 - France

Regional assembly

This mini-public on the management of household waste was convened by the region Île de France in 2008. Participants met three times on weekends (two training sessions and one final session during which they auditioned external speakers and wrote a final report).

Attendants: 25

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Climate Assembly UK (CAUK)

January 25th, 2022 - United Kingdom

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Attendants: 110

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Scotland’s Climate Assembly

November 16th, 2020 - Scotland, United Kingdom

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Attendants: 105

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Finland’s Citizens’ jury on climate actions

April 22nd, 2021 - Finland

National assembly

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Attendants: 37

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Finland’s Citizens’ jury on climate actions

22-25 April, 2021 - Finland

Regional assembly

Consultations and surveys commissioned by Ministry isolated the most controversial climate policy issues that directly affect consumers. Jury asked to consider 14 related policy proposals and produce a statement commenting on each action. The jurors were introduced to the each topic and formulated questions for the experts. The jurors then deliberated in 5 small groups, engaging in an iterative process of drafting text for a declaration on the fairness and impact of each climate action, which was then passed on to next group to review and redraft. Experts commented on draft statements as part of review process. The whole Jury discussed and voted on controversial parts of the statement where consensus was not achieved. Finally, the jury voted to adopt the statement. Structure of the Jury influenced by the Citizens’ Initiative Review format.

Attendants: 33

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Denmark’s Climate Assembly (Borgerting på klimaområdet)

October 24th, 2020 - Denmark

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Attendants: 99

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Jersey’s Citizens’ Assembly on climate change

February 26th, 2020 - Jersey

National assembly

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Attendants: 45

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Jersey Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change

March 2021 - May 2021 - Jersey

Regional assembly

Across 16 sessions divided into 4 blocks, the assembly was introduced to the climate issues facing Jersey, after which they deliberated the islands' own contributions and devised recommendations for policy change.

Attendants: 45

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German Citizens’ Assembly on Climate (Bügerrat klima)

April 26th, 2011 - Germany

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Attendants: 160

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The Southwark Climate Change Citizens’ Jury

November 25th 2021 - January 22nd 2022 - England, United Kingdom

The jury saw 25 local citizens consider the question, ‘What needs to change in Southwark to tackle the emergency of climate change fairly and effectively for people and nature?’

Attendants: 25

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Furness Climate Change Citizens’ Jury

16 November, 2021 - 8 February, 2022 - Barrow-in-Furness, England, United Kingdom

Making sure the public have a say in what happens to tackle climate change is part of our Climate Change Policy, and a citizens' jury is one way we can engage with our residents on this issue. With the support of the Zero Carbon Cumbria Partnership and National Lottery funding, we were able to launch our Furness Climate Change Citizens' Jury who have convened to consider the question: What should happen in the Furness area to address the emergency of climate change?

Attendants: 20

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Warwick District People’s Climate Change Inquiry

November 12th 2020 - February 2021 - Warwick, England, United Kingdom

Between November 2020 and February 2021 the panel of 30 residents met regularly to discuss the question: ‘What do we need to do in the Warwick District to help address climate change by 2030?’. The findings and recommendations of the panel have now be published with the intention they will be used by the Council and other organisations, as part of an Action Plan to achieve the District’s target of becoming as close to zero emissions as possible by 2030.

Attendants: 30

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Kendal Citizens Jury on Climate Change

July 2nd 2020 - October 2020 - Kendal, England, United Kingdom

The group met for some twenty-six hours of deliberation over the course of ten sessions to answer the question ‘What should Kendal do about Climate Change?’
The jury worked hard to listen to each other and to share experiences and opinions. Challenging each other and learning from each other.

Attendants: 20

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Lancaster District People’s Jury on Climate Change

February 3rd 2020 - October 2020 - Lancaster, England, United Kingdom

The citizens chosen to participate in the panel have reflected the make-up of the district in relation to gender, age, ethnicity, disability, geography, attitude to climate change and deprivation.

Attendants: 30

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Leeds Climate Change Citizens’ Jury

September 12th 2019 - November 3rd 2019 - Leeds, England, United Kingdom

The Leeds Climate Change Citizens Jury was commissioned by the Leeds Climate Commission. We at Shared Future were privileged enough to be invited to organise and facilitate the process. Project design was overseen by a project oversight panel made up of a hugely diverse group of key local organisations from the City Council to Extinction Rebellion and youth climate strikers to the Chamber of Commerce. They met parallel to the Citizens’ Jury to agree how best to recruit the participants and who the commentators or expert witnesses should be that present to the jury.

Attendants: 25

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Centre Val de Loire: COP Citizen Panel

2019 - Centre-Val de Loire, France

As part of the regional COP launched in 2019, the Centre-Val de Loire Region is mobilising all the actors of the territory to respond to the climate and social emergencies! Among the actors contributing to the COP, the Regional Council wanted to give a central place to citizens by launching a Citizens' Panel.

Attendants: 27

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Rhône-Alpes Air Energy Climate Workshop

2011 - Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

Attendants: 35

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Atelier citoyen surle climat

15th of April- July 2011 - Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

In 2011, the region Rhône-Alpes convened 35 randomly drawn residents to discuss issues related to regional policies to fight against global warming. Participants gathered during 3 weekends from April until July. They were expected to provide answers to the following question: what policy instruments should the region use in order to achieve a significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions on the short run (2020) and long run (2050)? Upon their final meeting, participants wrote a report with policy recommendations.

Attendants: 35

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Jury citoyen sur le devenir des zones rurales

19th May-25th June 2006 - Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

The region Rhône-Alpes convened a mini-public of 38 participants to discuss the future of rural areas, and so in the framework of an European consultation on rural world. The meetings took place over three weekends (May-June 2006). The minipublic took place at the same time as other minipublics in several European countries. Some of the participants participated in an additional European minipublic in Brussels in 2007.

Attendants: 38

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Région Centre-Val-de-Loire: Regional waste prevention and management plan

2017 - Saint-Laurent-Nouan, Centre-Val de Loire, France

Since the NOTRe law of 2015, the Region has been coordinating, at the regional level, the actions undertaken by all the actors concerned with waste prevention and management. To this end, it has drawn up a Regional Waste Prevention and Management Plan (PRPGD), which now constitutes the waste component of the Regional Planning, Sustainable Development and Territorial Equality Plan (SRADDET).

Adopted by a large margin at the end of 2019 by the Centre-Val de Loire Regional Council, the PRPGD was developed thanks to the collaboration of the Consultative Commission for Development and Monitoring (CCES), 19 working groups (on waste prevention, bio-waste, construction waste, etc.), four territorial circular economy workshops and a citizens' panel. It replaces the old departmental plans for household waste, construction waste, and the regional plan for the disposal of hazardous waste.

Attendants: 34

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The second Gdansk Citizens' Panel

March 25th 2017 - April 9th 2017 - Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

Gdańsk is holding a citizens' assembly for the second time. The theme this time is to improve air quality. Compared to other Polish cities, the air quality in Gdańsk is good, but it can also be improved in Poland, especially in terms of the possibility to reduce pollution from home heating stoves and local coal-fired boilers. A citizens' panel has been set up to reflect on what solutions to implement.

Attendants: 56

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The first Gdansk Citizens' Panel

November 19th 2016 - December 3th 2016 - Gdańsk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

"The panel has been divided into three thematic blocks. Each of them constituted a separate session.
(1) What can be done to improve stormwater retention in the Tricity Landscape Park?
(2) What should be the extent of assistance to the residents of Gdańsk after a heavy rain?
(3) When building new retention basins, should they be partially filled with water?"

Attendants: 63

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Citizens' summit on regional development

2007 - Capital Region of Denmark, Denmark

The structural reform in Denmark made the five new regions responsible for composing their own individual development plans based on their visions for their region. On the 17th of November, 2007, the Capital Region invited citizens from its 29 different municipalities to participate in a citizens’ summit in order to hear the citizens’ ideas and suggestions for the content of this first development plan. Three themes stood out; environment, education and traffic.

Attendants: 167

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Évaluation participative de projets liés à la transition énergétique – Nantes Métropole

2017 - Nantes, Pays de la Loire, France

The Energy Transition is now at the heart of the debates. Citizens are becoming aware that our production and consumption patterns must be changed at the risk of worsening the situation from an ecological point of view. The City of Nantes has therefore decided to organise, with Missions Publiques, a participatory evaluation process on the energy transition in order to answer these questions: How to act in the long term? How to do it here and now? Where to start and with whom? How can we measure the first effects of the action on the territory? What are the short-term benefits and for whom?

Attendants: 50

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The Region of Zealand citizens' summit on climate

2010 - Denmark

In cooperation with The Danish Board of Technology Foundation, Region Zealand conducted a citizens’ summit on the future climate initiatives of the region. This was followed by a politicians’ meeting where the results of the summit were discussed. The Danish Board of Technology Foundation was responsible for planning, conducting and documenting both meetings.

Attendants: 200

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Climate Change citizens’ summit

March 2007 - London, England, United Kingdom

Six regional workshops held during in late March and early April 2007. The workshops were designed to reach 28 -29 people each from a range of urban and rural locations: a maximum total of 174 participants. Participants were recruited to provide a demographically representative sample of the region in terms of age, gender, black and minority ethnic and socio-economic status, and a range of consumer typologies based on attitudes and behaviour on climate change. The workshops were held in Bristol, Birmingham, London, Newcastle, Nottingham and Manchester. Each workshop ran for three hours in the evening (6.30pm to 9.30pm). A reconvened event (the Citizens' Summit) to which all participants in the regional workshops were invited; 152 public participants attended.It built on the process and outputs from the regional workshops, and the same participants were invited.The public engagement programme was designed, as part of the draft Climate Change Bill consultation process, to: (1) help government design policy to maximise positive individual behaviour on climate change (2) drive awareness, information and debate on climate change.

Attendants: 152

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Landscape Town Meeting

2010 - Tuscany, Italy

After having adopted a landscape plan, including territorial safeguards, the Region of Tuscany intended to have a public debate with citizens and professional, scientific, and field experts before final approval of the plan, on the basis of their participatory laws (L.R.69/2007). The Town Meeting took place on February 6th, 2010. It was a milestone along a road which concluded on February 19th, 2010 with the “General States of Landscape” in which the results of this experience were discussed. The work of the Town Meeting day was elaborated on in a report. The February 6th 2010 Town Meeting took place in five places simultaneously which constituted important locations, from the point of view of the Tuscan landscape: Castelnuovo Berardenga; Cortona; Orbetello; Piombino; Prato. They debates centered around two principal themes: (1) which are the most important characteristics of a landscape? that is, which should be protected or, when they disappear or are damaged, should be reconstructed? (2) what needs to happen to preserve (or rebuild) the Tuscan landscape's quality?

Attendants: 150

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A European Town Meeting on climate change

November 15, 2008 - Tuscany, Italy

This mini-public was supported by Tuscany Region, Cornellà de Llobregat and Poitiers. The town meeting was held in five Tuscany cities and two other cities, one located in Spain (Cornellà de Lobregat) and one in France (Poitiers). 600 young citizens from the 8 cities were selected. The event also includes two virtual roundtables composed by young citizens from around Europe. The main issue at stake was the climate change the actions to prevent it. Session 1: Which energies for tomorrow’s Europe? Session 2 How to reduce our energetic consumption? Session 3: Waste. Session 4: Mobility. Session 5: which strategies to promote Eolic energy?

Attendants: 600

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Copeland People's Panel on Climate Change

July 14th 2021 - November 2021 - England, United Kingdom

With the support of Zero Carbon Cumbria Programme and Shared Future, Copeland Borough Council commissioned the Copeland People’s Panel on Climate Change — a citizens’ jury that will guide the council and partner organisations on where their priorities should lie as they work towards their ambition of becoming a net-zero carbon district.
A citizens’ jury consists of members of the public that come together to deliberate and make recommendations on a particular issue, in this case climate change.
Panel members, selected to reflect the diversity of the population, listened to and questioned a range of expert commentators. Then they shared their ideas, deliberated on the issues, before creating a set of recommendations to be taken to Copeland Borough Council to consider.

Attendants: 30

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Planning Cells on Climate

1996 - Baden-Württemberg, Germany

The citizens' forums "Climate-friendly energy supply in Baden-Württemberg" were conceived as a four-day block event on the model of Peter Dienel's planning cell. In March and April 1996, eleven forums took place in six cities. They are the beginning of the social discourse of the project "Climate-compatible energy supply in Baden-Württemberg" and are intended to enable citizens to form an opinion based on the social effects of various CO2 reduction measures Assess the Academy's scenarios and finally design and justify an energy scenario.

Attendants: 220

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Lublin City Citizens' Panel

April 7th 2018 -May 19th 2018 - Lublin, Lublin Voivodeship, Poland

60 randomly selected people together with experts were looking for an answer to the question "What to do to breathe clean air?" Lublin, in collaboration with Gdańsk, is testing new methods of conducting discussions on issues important to the city and its inhabitants.

Attendants: 60

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Greater Cambridge Citizens' Assembly

September 7th 2019 - October 6th 2019 - Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

How do we reduce congestion, improve air quality, and provide better public transport in Greater Cambridge? To help answer this question, a group of people came together for four days at the Greater Cambridge Citizens’ Assembly to help solve this key issue for the area.

Attendants: 53

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Berlin Energy efficient urbanism

June 13-14th 2012 - Berlin, Berlin, Germany

The Adlershof planning cell took place on 13 and 14 June 2012 at the Schrödinger Center of Berlin's Humboldt University in Adlershof as part of the joint project "High Tech - Low Ex: Energy Efficiency Berlin Adlershof 2020", the aim of which is to develop possibilities for the local application of forms of cooperation to identify increases in efficiency in the use of energy and - as a second step - initiate pilot implementation projects.

Attendants: 21

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Tartu's Climate Assembly on Urban Planning and Sustainable Mobility

April-May 2022 - Tartu, Tartu County, Estonia

The Tartu Climate Assembly will take place to invite citizens to discuss the question "How can we make urban spaces of Tartu safer and more attractive?". The results will be an input for local the government's development plans in the next 3 years.

Attendants: 55

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Ida-Viru Climate Assembly

November- December 2021 - Ida-Viru County, Estonia

The first Estonian climate assembly brought together young people aged 16-29 to discuss the climate friendly future scenarios of Ida-Virumaa, an industrial region of Estonia known for its shale oil production.

Attendants: 40

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Bonn4Future - Wir fürs Klima

September 10th, 2021 - Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

As part of larger, local climate initiative, Bonn4Future, a series of climate forums has been set in motion. Here, local climate challenges and measures will be identified, informing a local climate action plan.

Attendants: 100

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Bonn 4 Future - Climaforum

September 2021 - June 2022 - Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

As part of larger, local climate initiative, Bonn4Future, a series of climate forums has been set in motion. Here, local climate challenges and measures will be identified, informing a local climate action plan.

Attendants: 100

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The Frankfurt Democracy Convention 2021: 'Frankfurt macht (Klima)Politik'

October 2021 - Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany

The Frankfurt Democracy Convention is an annual democratic citizens' forum, which for its' second edition will have 60 local citizens convene on ways for the city to tackle climate protection.

Attendants: 60

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The Frankfurt Democracy Convention 2021: 'Frankfurt macht (Klima)Politik'

October 2021 - November 2021 - Frankfurt, Hessen, Germany

The Frankfurt Democracy Convention is an annual democratic citizens' forum, which for its' second edition will have 60 local citizens convene on ways for the city to tackle climate protection.

Attendants: 60

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La convention Citoyenne locale pour le climat d’Est Ensemble

September 2021 - Île-de-France, France

This assembly has been tasked with discussing five topics; Housing, Food and Consumption, Transport, Work and Production, and Commitment to Change. The assembly will meet across 5 weekends.

Attendants: 100

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Est Ensemble: The Local Citizens' Climate Convention

September 2021 - January 2022 - Île-de-France, France

This assembly has been tasked with discussing five topics; Housing, Food and Consumption, Transport, Work and Production, and Commitment to Change. The assembly will meet across 5 weekends.

Attendants: 100

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Klimaborgersamling Greve Kommune

January 29th 2022 - September 2022 - Greve Strand, Denmark

The City Council of Greve is behind this local citizens' assembly, which has been tasked with making recommendations on how to implement CO2 reduction measures around the municipality, and how to achieve the climate goals in practice and translate them into local initiatives in the municipality of Greve.

Attendants: 36

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Greve Kommune Klimaborgersamling

January 2022 - April 2022 - Greve Strand, Denmark

The City Council of Greve is behind this local citizens' assembly, which has been tasked with identifying ways to strengthen synergies between local actors and systems, so that C02-emissions may be minimized.

Attendants: 36

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Panel Citoyen pour le climat de Wallonie

April 24th, 2021 - Wallonia, Belgium

In Wallonie, regional authorities have gathered a panel of 50 citizens. During 13 meetings, the panelists exchanged and debated on the measures to be implemented in order to reach -55% of greenhouse gases (GHG) by 2030 compared to the GHG emitted in 1990. At the end of their discussions, 168 recommendations for reducing GHGs were adopted.

Attendants: 50

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Convention citoyenne métropolitaine pour le climat de Grenoble

March 2022 - October 2022 - Grenoble, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France

The Convention will meet at least once a month to issue recommendations on how to reduce GHG emissions and achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. Those that fall within the scope of competence of the Metropolis will be submitted to the vote of the metropolitan council and could lead to a citizen vote in 2023.

Attendants: 150

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Rouen citoyenne

January 2022-March - Glisolles, Normandie, France

For three weekends, the citizens' assembly prepared recommendations for the city council to adapt the city to the climatic, health and industrial risks it will face in the decades to come. The mayor has undertaken to create a permanent assembly to monitor their implementation.

Attendants: 30

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Convention citoyenne pour l'Occitanie

September 2020 – October 2021 - Toulouse, Occitanie, France

The assembly met for two three-day sessions, and a concluding day. It drafted proposals related to local environmental action, social justice measures and new democratic practices. The region’s inhabitants were then invited to vote on some of these proposals to select their priorities for the regional Green New Deal.

Attendants: 100

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North of Tyne Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change

February 24th 2021 - March 24th 2021 - Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom

In early 2021, an online climate assembly was held in North of Tyne. Here, 50 citizens spent 30 hours over the span of a month gaining insights and deliberating on aspects of climate change and the local response.

Attendants: 50

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Newham Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change

February 6th 2020 - February 23th 2020 - England, United Kingdom

To bring together the council of Newham and its' citizens on the issue of climate change, an assembly was tasked to deliberate how residents and the council could work together to be carbon neutral in 2050.

Attendants: 36

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Lambeth's Citizens' Assembly on Climate Change

May 2021 - July 2021 - England, United Kingdom

Following an open call for residents to identify organizations and initiatives already tackling climate change, an assembly was formed with the intent of coming up with local solutions and recommendations.

Attendants: 50

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The Devon Climate Assembly

May 22nd-23rd 2019 - England, United Kingdom

Following an interim 'Carbon Plan', which outlined necessary steps if Devon is to reach climate neutrality by 2050, a local partnership in Devon gathered an assembly to deliberate on issues that still needed resolving.

Attendants: 70

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Croydon Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change

January 22th 2020 - February 20th 2020 - Croydon, England, United Kingdom

The London Borough of Croydon convened a climate assembly, in which discussion revolved around the roles that individuals, communities and the Council could play to tackle the climate crisis, together.

Attendants: 72

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Camden Council’s Citizens’ Assembly on the Climate Crisis

July 1st 2019 - July 20th 2019 - England, United Kingdom

The London Borough of Camden convened a climate assembly in the summer of 2019. The results of their deliberations were brought to local politicians and informed a new local plan for tackling climate change.

Attendants: 50

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The Brighton and Hove Climate Assembly

July 2th 2020 - November 26th 2020 - England, United Kingdom

Across 5 sessions, the Brighton & Hove climate assembly looked at transport, one of the city’s biggest sources of carbon emissions - and in particular in how emissions could potentially be reduced.

Attendants: 50

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Brent Climate Assembly

November 19th 2019 - December 7th 2019 - England, United Kingdom

The London Borough of Brent convened a climate assembly over two months in 2019. The results of their deliberations were brought to local politicians and informed a new local plan for tackling climate change.

Attendants: 53

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Blaenau Gwent Climate Assembly

March 2nd - 28th 2021 - Wales, United Kingdom

Four housing associations organized this assembly with the help from local authorities, exploring how the climate should be tackled locally through discussions on sub-themes such as housing, nature and transport.

Attendants: 47

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Blackpool Climate Assembly

January 2021 - February 2021 - Blackpool, England, United Kingdom

As a response to the declared climate emergency, the city of Blackpool had its' own climate assembly in early 2021, spanning 4 sessions. At the same time, a parallel youth climate assembly was also ran.

Attendants: 40

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Adur & Worthing Climate Assembly

September 2020 - December 2020 - England, United Kingdom

Across 5 sessions, the Council of Adur & Worthing assembled citizens and had them address issues of how the region could collectively tackle climate change, as well as what it would mean for the local way of life.

Attendants: 43

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Poznan: Poznański Citizens Panel

February 2021 - May 2021 - Poznań, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland

In the city of Poznan, 70 citizens were gathered to discuss both how should the city should adapt its' green areas to the changing climate, and if the city should abandon coal burning in households.

Attendants: 70

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Krakow: Krakowski Climate Panel

April 2021 - June 2021 - Kraków, Lesser Poland Voivodeship, Poland

The Krakow Climate Panel focused on the city's climate neutrality through its' central question: How can the City of Krakow and its residents reduce energy consumption and increase the use of renewable energy?

Attendants: 60

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Budapest: We have a climate emergency - what should Budapest do?

September 2020 - Budapest, Hungary

In September of 2020 the city of Budapest and 50 of its' residents held a local assembly, deliberating on the goals the city should set for itself when dealing with climate change, as well as how to achieve them.

Attendants: 50

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Panel Citoyen sur le climat

April 24th, 2021 - Wallonia, Belgium

In Wallonie, regional authorities have gathered a panel of 50 citizens. The panel will get together over a period of 6 months, during which they will come up with suggestions for the regional climate policy towards 2030.

Attendants: 50

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KNOCA is mapping national and regional/local climate assemblies across Europe. If you see one that is missing, please send us the details at info@knoca.eu. While KNOCA primarily focuses on climate assemblies, this map also includes examples of assemblies that address issues around environment and biodiversity. We’ve added these where climate change has been an explicit part of their mandate or their thematic proximity to climate change offers opportunities for comparison

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KNOCA is funded by the European Climate Foundation, with support from the Swedish Postcode Foundation and Porticus Foundation