Disrupting politics of fear and building a politics of hope by removing barriers to participatory, deliberative democracy, increasing representativeness and trust.

Opening Statement

We acknowledge that First Nations people have been taking care of their country since time immemorial, are some of the first and worst affected by climate change and are leading powerful climate action. As Country has deeply changed due to colonisation and now due to global heating, including due to the unprecedented recent bushfires, we acknowledge the trauma and resilience of First Nations peoples.

Our heart goes out to all the people who have lost loved ones, seen their homes destroyed and been forced to flee communities, and to the billions of animals and their homes.

About This Event

This mock Citizens’ Assembly is the last of four assemblies looking at how ordinary people can make policy decisions to tackle the climate crisis. As flames engulf our country, it is increasingly clear that politics as usual is failing us. The Coalition of Everyone invites you to experience how we can rebuild democracy.

Drought is again ravaging our landscape, with knock-on effects for wildlife, for fire, for food security. In an increasingly hotter world, we need to look at innovative ways of managing water. Can we keep the water in the land? Come and be part of the solution, learn how sortition works and how we can all contribute policy answers to this complex problem.


This free event will have no catering. Please bring your own water bottles.

Public Transport
The venue is near trams that run to Stop 1, University of Melbourne (1, 3, 3A, 5, 6, 8, 16, 64, 67, 72).

Buses that stop nearby on Lygon St are the 200 and 207.

We encourage attendees to use sustainable transport options.

There is some on-street parking near the venue.

Ticket Cancellations
As spaces are very limited, please cancel your tickets ASAP if you cannot attend so others may attend in your place.


We acknowledge First Nations Peoples of Australia and the Torres Strait Islands as the custodians of the unceded lands upon which we conduct activities and the enormous challenges that the climate crisis is playing on land, ocean, biosphere, biodiversity and people. We acknowledge the importance of Indigenous knowledge and wisdom in the process of addressing the climate emergency, and also acknowledge the people of the Pacific region as also being at the forefront of the climate emergency. Furthermore, we acknowledge that Australia is in a climate emergency and that actions and solutions for a carbon neutral and an environmental and socially just transition need to be developed and implemented immediately. Our aim is to accelerate change for a just transition, starting locally but thinking and acting globally.

Keep the conversation going with Coalition of Everyone’s additional event on March 14:
“Climate Emergency – Now What?”

Dry debate


Thu 27 / Feb 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Kathleen Syme Community Centre
251 Faraday Street, Carlton, Victoria 3053 Australia



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