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A fairer democracy is vital to our fight against climate change

We must decentralise power and reform our voting system to regain people’s trust—and pass legislation to save the planet

By Caroline Lucas  

David Attenborough speaking at the first UK-wide citizens' assembly on climate change. Photo: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

Democracy, Winston Churchill famously said, is “the worst form of government except for all the others.” 

It can be cumbersome, slow and inefficient—the very opposite of what we need to address an accelerating crisis like the climate emergency. But I don’t believe we will successfully tackle climate change without a thriving democracy. Nor do I believe that democracy can survive our failure to keep the climate safe. We must succeed at both, or we will lose both. Faced with the scale of change that’s needed, it’s useful to draw some lessons from the coronavirus pandemic.   

The first lesson is that there is…

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