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Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change: Selection Process Launched

Over the next few days, some lucky people will be receiving a letter from the Berlin Senate: 2,800 Berliners are being invited to take part in the first "Klimabürger:innenrat", initiated by Bettina Jarasch, Senator for the Environment, Urban Mobility, Consumer Protection and Climate Action.

A random selection of Berliners have been invited to take part in the first Berlin Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change (“Klimabürger:innenrat”). In order to ensure that the make-up of Berlin’s new committee mirrors the city as closely as possible, an algorithm will then be used to select 100 people (aged 16 and over) from among the respondents, using criteria that include age; gender; education; the district the respondent lives in; and migration experience. Berliners who rarely take part in participation processes will be addressed directly if necessary to motivate them to join in. “I am inviting every Berliner who receives a letter to apply to take part in the Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change,” Senator Bettina Jarasch says. “The more people want to take part, the better the committee can reflect our city, which in turn guarantees more intensive debates.”

What is the Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change?

The launch of the Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change is part of the coalition agreement and a key component of the Senate’s 100-day programme; it goes back to an April 2021 resolution of the House of Representatives, proposing the Berlin Climate Reboot (“Klimaneustart Berlin") public initiative. The participation committee will develop concrete recommendations for the city’s climate protection policies by the summer of this year.

The Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change will meet a total of nine times between April and June 2022; recommendations developed by assembly participants will be incorporated into the future climate-political work of the Senate and House of Representatives. In terms of content, the committee will primarily focus on mobility, buildings and energy; the Potsdam-based Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) will consult the assembly on scientific matters. But the primary aim of the initiative is to actively involve Berliners in shaping their future, as climate change demands that we all adapt our behaviours and lifestyles. “I am looking forward to the process, to the debates within the Citizens’ Assembly on Climate
Change and, of course, I am particularly eager to hear the concrete recommendations, which we will be looking at very carefully” Bettina Jarasch says.

The first Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change is planned to be held at the end of April and will be streamed online.

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