Demsoc helps to deliver first-ever climate change citizens’ assembly for a local authority in the UK

Camden Council’s Citizens’ Assembly on “how the council and the people of Camden can help limit the impact of climate change whilst protecting and enhancing our natural environment” was completed last week. 

Kelly McBride and Mel Stevens were lead facilitators for the event on 20th July which was run by Involve, and has now sent its recommendations to the Camden Council thanks to the enthusiasm of residents who participated and Camden’s innovatory approach. Our president, Anthony Zacharzewski, was also an advisor for the assembly.

It becomes the first Citizens’ Assembly to be carried out on climate crisis by a local authority – but is unlikely to be the last. A number of councils are either considering assemblies for a range of issues, or already in the process of developing their own.

Elsewhere, Demsoc is working with mySociety, RSA and Involve on the Innovation in Democracy Programme commissioned by Government to trial deliberative democracy processes, where a randomly selected group of residents are being asked to explore revitalizing Town Centres in Dudley and Test Valley and reducing congestion, improving air quality, and provide better public transport in Greater Cambridge

You can read more about Camden’s Citizens’ Assembly in The Guardian, in Camden New Journal, and Hampstead and Highgate Express.