It is becoming increasingly clear that climate change will challenge established systems of citizen participation and democracy.
The worst case is that our freedoms could be curtailed as we allow more autocratic measures to ration and control behaviour. But it is also possible that the challenges of climate change could encourage experimentation at the grassroots with a variety of decision-making processes.
We believe, both from sustainable development and human rights perspectives, that democracy (i.e. governance by the people for the people) is the only political system capable of respecting human rights on the scale ethically necessary to preserve the dignity of humankind. But we also believe democracy must be reformed, as a matter of urgency, in order to meet the challenges to come.