Personal and Political Power – Citizens' Assemblies on Climate

On July 21st, Climate Assembly US appeared in a webinar organized by the DC Chapter of the Citizens' Climate Lobby 

Watch Climate Assembly US' recent webinar event, exploring the history of Citizen’s Assemblies across Europe, and the possibilities that Citizen’s Assemblies can provide in the United States.

The discussion explores how effective Citizens’ Assemblies can be in creating momentum for policy, how different political systems absorb the impact of Citizens’ Assemblies, and how this method could be used to break through the political deadlock on climate policy around the United States.


Rebecca Leber, Environmental Politics and Policy Reporter from Mother Jones.



Graham Smith, PhD. is a Professor of Politics and Director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy (CSD) in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Westminster and Senior Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies. (Presentation starts at 7:04)

Rebecca Willis, PhD. is a Professor in Practice at Lancaster Environment Centre and Expert Lead for Climate Assembly UK. (Presentation starts at 16:12)

Claire Mellier-Wilson is an accredited researcher observing the French Climate Change Convention and facilitator for Citizens’ Assemblies on the climate crisis and air quality in Camden and Kingston. (Presentation starts at 26:09)

 Linn Davis is the Program Manager for the Citizens’ Initiative Review program at Healthy Democracy in Portland, Oregon. (Presentation starts at 42:30)

Archie Kinnane, an organizer with Extinction Rebellion NYC (Presentation starts at 1:15:45)

Johanna Lundahl, an organizer with Climate Assembly US (Presentation starts at 1:20:36)

Event Hosts

Citizens’ Climate Lobby - DC Chapter @ccl_dc

Citizens' Climate Lobby is an international grassroots environmental group that trains and supports volunteers to build relationships with their elected representatives in order to influence climate policy. The DC Chapter focuses on education events and advocacy that empowers people to unlock their personal and political power.

Climate Assembly US @ClimateAssembly

We are a group of advocates passionate about the opportunity to expand democratic methods to address the climate crisis. We advocate in our role as constituents who want real solutions as put forth by the people.

City Atlas @cityatlas

The mission of City Atlas is to help the public understand and prepare for the future of cities, as described in the reports of the IPCC and, and to strengthen the democratic process towards an equitable response to climate change.


Extinction Rebellion @XR_NYC

Extinction Rebellion is a global nonviolent movement to compel the world’s governments to address the climate and ecological emergency. Extinction Rebellion's third demand is for the government to move beyond politics by creating and being led by the decisions of a Citizens' Assembly on climate and ecological justice.

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