Participatory politics and the point of parliament
Alex Bradbury of Extinction Rebellion on the climate assembly; John Bourn on the Coronavirus Act; and Karl Gehring on why Switzerland has the right approach
In your editorial on the UK’s climate assembly (The Guardian view on acclimatising democracy: deliberation, not confusion, 11 September), you said that Extinction Rebellion had rejected the assembly’s recommendations.
That isn’t the case. This citizens’ assembly is a step in the right direction. It has shown that when a cross-section of the UK public are informed about the climate and ecological crisis, they want to see wide-ranging changes in government policy. Having gone through this process, the assembly’s members have, in their report, called for more information and education for everyone, including politicians. The media have a key role to play here.