18 August 2019
11:30 - 12:30 (UTC +01:00)
Blackheath, London, Blackheath, London, United Kingdom
Extinction Rebellion Lewisham +
Part of the South East London Rebel Rising
We’ll be holding a Children’s assembly to listen to the voices of children about the solutions they want to the air pollution and the climate crisis.
Children and young people of any age can take part. Under-16s should be accompanied by an adult, who may join the assembly to support their child if needed, but try to take a back seat.
The assembly will be supported by adults but child-led, with a team of young facilitators trained to listen to and record the views of other children. It will begin with a briefing, followed by small-group discussions facilitated by children. The groups will share their ideas and these will be fed back to the whole assembly at the end. The ideas will be recorded in creative ways by the young people themselves, so they can be shared widely afterwards and acted on! e.g. in a visual format for display and in the form of a report for local politicians.
“A Children’s Assembly is a gathering of children to share their ideas about an issue that is proposed (e.g. air pollution levels and climate crisis.) Facilitators help children get together and talk and listen in small groups, the facilitators also ask questions relevant to the topic to get the children thinking. They pick the top 3 ideas in their groups and those ideas are then proposed to the entire assembly, inviting whether they agree or disagree or if they need something clarified” (Alfie, 14, Facilitator)
Setting up Citizens’ Assemblies is one of XR’s core demands. As a form of participatory democracy, it has been gaining more media coverage recently, and several Local Authorities have also implemented them as a means for wider public engagement about action on climate change and global heating.
We have seen first hand the power of this process. The effective way in which it channels the energy, passion and insight of children and young people, amplifies their voice and provides a legitimate platform for speaking out.
Meet at Lincoln Field, Blackheath