Politics is shifting. Amongst concerned communities, there is a growing understanding that current democratic systems are inadequate - to say the least - to the challenge, mired in corruption, beholden to big business. Legislation such as Parliament’s 2008 Climate Change Act (amended in 2019) have taken us nowhere; more hope lies in the Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill: a Private Member’s Bill, first presented to Parliament in September 2020, calling for more rapid decarbonisation of the UK. Greatest hope of all lies in alternative systems of representations and in the potential of Citizens’ Assemblies, to create new forms of organising communities in a challenged future.
Citizens’ assemblies: are they the future of democracy? Eva Talmadge, The Guardian, Feb 1, 2023. A look at the surge in popularity of randomly selected councils that offer an alternative to politics as we know it.
The Climate and Ecological Emergency Bill. The proposed CEE Bill would commit the UK to more urgent emission reductions than ever before.
The All Party Parliamentary Group for Future Generations. The APPG Future Generations raises awareness of long-term issues, explores ways to internalise longer-term considerations into decision-making processes, and creates space for cross-party dialogue on combating short-termism in policy-making.
Citizens Assembly UK. In September. 2020, the UK's first Citizens' Assembly published its 'path to net zero' report.
The Case for the Green New Deal by Ann Pettifor; On Fire by Naomi Klein – review. Zoe Williams, Dec 18, 2019. Two excellent, inspiring calls for a new politics as the only solution to our climate catastrophe
The Climate Change Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019. The Climate Change Act 2008 commits the UK to being zero carbon by 2050.
The Committee on Climate Change: The CCC is an independent public body, formed under the Climate Change Act (2008).