Climate democracy can take many forms. When choosing which approach to take, consider which communities are most affected by climate change, your city’s participation history and infrastructure; and the financial and human resources available. A combination of initiatives may be effective. For example, participatory budgeting (PB) could be used to allocate resources to neighborhood-level projects, based on the high-level policy recommendations of a citywide citizens’ assembly.
Local governments are increasingly using participatory budgeting to address climate change, with residents. There are three basic types of PB process to address climate change:
Many cities and countries are using climate assemblies, one form of climate democracy, to give people power over climate decision-making. This graphic explains how the process works:
You don’t get an opportunity to influence government policy very often and climate change is really important.
- Leia, UK Climate Assembly member