People's Assembly on Portland tonight

People's Assembly on Portland tonight

Published by Maria Greenwood at 8:24am 10th February 2020.

Extinction Rebellion will be holding the first of a series of People's Assemblies tonight. 

Tonight's meeting will be held at Easton Methodist Church on Portland.

The meet is in response to Dorset Council's call for local residents to submit their thoughts on how the local authority can tackle the climate emergency.

The local authority declared a Climate and Ecological emergency in May 2019. 

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Extinction Rebellion are working with Transition Towns and Sustainable Dorset to host three People's Assembly meetings to help gather ideas which can then be passed on to Dorset Council.

Penny Quilter, a Weymouth member of Extinction Rebellion says it's a forum for people to have a real say: 

"People Assembly’s are just rather exciting things to be part of, and it’s a great way for everybody to come together and be heard and be part of democracy, which a lot of us feel rather alienated from."

There's three events taking place in February around the county:

  • Portland at Easton Methodist Hall tonight from 7-9pm.
  • Dorchester at Dorford Centre on Monday 17th February 1-3pm.
  • Weymouth at The Pavilion in the Ocean room on Wednesday 19th February 1-3pm.
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Extinction Rebellion say there are aware the last two dates are in half term and will be holding child friendly activities. 

They believe it is important for people of all ages to voice their opinions.

A spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion Dorchester said:

"People's Assembly are a way for a group of people to discuss issues or make decisions collectively, so that all voices are heard and valued equally and no one person or group is able to dominate the process.

"They are a fine example of participatory democracy processes that are successful in generating ideas, gathering feedback and making decisions."