At least 11 councils are using citizen power to tackle the climate crisis. But are they prepared for what they’re unleashing?
As Extinction Rebellion protestors bring Whitehall to a halt, one of their three demands is for the UK government to cede control of climate policy to a citizens’ assembly.
They are not alone: Camden council in London is already experimenting with a similar approach. And Camden’s move comes as councils across the country grapple with how to work with residents to make and bold decisions tackle the climate crisis. At least 11 councils are now using citizens' assemblies to drive climate action, including Devon, Dudley, Cambridge and Test Valley.