Chatting with some of the other observers between sessions it became apparent that those of us entrenched in the detail of policy development may not readily observe the extent to which the public is willing and able to engage with the relevant issues. There can be a tendency to dismiss the challenges around net zero as too confusing, too disruptive, too complicated. But the Citizens Assembly highlighted that the complexity or uncertainty of a topic needn’t be a barrier in itself, providing that it’s framed in the right way. This is encouraging news, especially as we look at how to convince people to swap out their gas boilers for a low carbon alternative, to buy an electric vehicle (and charge smartly!), to reconsider their meat consumption and air travel, and many other things. None of these are easy to tackle but as long people actually feel involved in the decisions – rather than tough choices being imposed upon them – there are real grounds for optimism.
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