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Reports & guides | 8 June 2021

How does the framing of climate change affect the conclusions reached in climate assemblies?

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The Knowledge Network on Climate Assemblies (KNOCA) is a new European network for those seeking considered, rigorous and widely-sourced input on climate assemblies, and will strike a balance between academic quality, practical application, impact, and accessibility.

Climate Outreach is one of KNOCA’s founding members and has produced this draft briefing which was discussed, alongside other briefings, at the KNOCA launch event in June 2021 – watch the recordings below. KNOCA is an initiative of the European Climate Foundation.

Citizens’ assemblies are increasingly being used in a number of countries at different scales of governance to inform policy responses and social action on climate change. How can we help ensure they are as meaningful and impactful as they can be?

To launch this new network and kickstart these discussions, we and our partners held two launch events for KNOCA.

Why do we need to talk about climate assemblies?

Our first event on 22 June 2021 was for anyone with an interest in the relationship between climate assemblies and climate policy. It was an opportunity for participants to hear from speakers at the forefront of driving the climate assembly agenda in Europe, learn about KNOCA’s plans, and share their experiences and ideas.

What makes a climate assembly work?

Our second event on 23 June 2021 was aimed at those who have experience of or a desire to run climate assemblies. The event provided participants the opportunity to respond to up-to-date analyses of learnings from recent European climate assemblies, and offer ideas of what KNOCA should be prioritising over the next year.

Session 1 was titled: How the design of climate assemblies can be used to drive climate action. Participants discussed two new briefings on how the framing of climate change can affect the conclusions reached in climate assemblies, and how climate assemblies can be integrated into the policy system and cycle.

Session 2 was titled: Building the legitimacy and legacy of climate assemblies. Participants discussed two new briefings on the impact and legacy of climate assemblies, and how their legitimacy and resonance in wider society can be ensured.

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