As citizens’ assemblies on the climate crisis gain traction in Europe, governments are increasingly recognising the insights they can bring in shaping the measures needed to tackle climate action. In face of the growing importance of citizens’ involvement and the increasing need to build societal buy-in and ownership of action, the European Climate Foundation launches the Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies (KNOCA). This new initiative will bring together learnings and expertise from different citizens’ assemblies, share and structure best practice knowledge, and foster further understanding and debate of how deliberative processes are and can be applied to address the climate crisis.
Join us on June 22 for the launch of KNOCA
The European Climate Foundation, together with key European organisations, will formally launch KNOCA on June 22, 2021, during an online event from 19.00 to 20:30 CEST. The event, which will include high profile speakers at the forefront of the fight against both the crisis of democracy and the climate crisis, will introduce the initiative and address the role of climate assemblies.
Past experiences, like the French Convention, offered a strong denial to the prejudice that citizens no longer have an interest in public affairs. As the European Union and its Member states face the challenge of turning citizens into actors and not just voters or recipients of climate policies, this is no small matter.”
Find out more about KNOCA
KNOCA has been initiated and is funded by the European Climate Foundation, with support from the Swedish Postcode Foundation and Porticus Foundation. Its founding members include: the Centre for the Study of Democracy at the University of Westminster, the Danish Board of Technology, Climate Outreach, the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations at Cardiff University, Dublin City University, the Federation for Innovation in Democracy Europe, Grantham Institute at the London School of Economics and the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies of Potsdam.