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We Need to Talk about Climate: How Citizens’ Assemblies Can Help Us Solve the Climate Crisis


NB: Registration link will be available in August.

Join us to celebrate the launch of the open access book We Need to Talk about Climate: How Citizens’ Assemblies Can Help Us Solve the Climate Crisis by Graham Smith, Chair of KNOCA. It will be available in mid-September free to download in both print and audiobook versions.

The book explores the variety of climate assemblies that have taken place so far at local, national and international levels and explains why they have captured the imagination of governments and activists alike. It examines the different contexts and designs of climate assemblies and assesses their impact. Drawing lessons from current practice, the book demonstrates how assemblies can take us beyond the shortcomings of electoral and partisan politics and how they can have a real and lasting impact on climate policy and politics.

“Full of penetrating analysis and inspiring examples, this book shows that there is another – and better – way of doing politics”. Dr Roman Krznaric, author of The Good Ancestor: How to Think Long Term in a Short-Term World
“An authoritative and practical guide to one of the most promising democratic innovations for redressing the power imbalances in climate policymaking”. Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation
“Citizen assemblies on the climate may save our lives. This careful, up to the moment analysis tells us what is going on. If you have, or want to have, anything to do with citizen assemblies, buy this book, read it, and keep it close at hand. It’s essential". Professor Jane Mansbridge, Harvard University

We’ll be joined at the launch by special guests who’ll reflect on the book and the future of climate assemblies. More details to follow.


Graham Smith
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