Five ways of meaningfully involving citizens in climate action

In this article, EIT Climate-KIC partner the Democratic Society explores ways to successfully take citizen climate action to the next level, featuring learnings from their work on the Healthy, Clean Cities Deep Demonstration.

Public participation can play an important part in efforts to achieve climate neutrality. However, in order to achieve the desired effects, engagement needs to be carried out in a way that is meaningful—both for the citizens and the institutions involved. This blog post outlines some of the key considerations for taking citizen participation to the next level in climate action.

To conclude, engagement and participation remain vital tools in the climate adaptation toolkit — but clearly, many of the old ways of working with narrow dialogues and one off public meetings are not fit for purpose. In Sweden, the Swedish Association of Local Government and Regions, SKR, have talked about the importance of involvement being viktigt och på riktigt (‘important and for real’). When it comes to climate change engagement is clearly important/viktigt. The challenge is to ensure that it both is for real and is perceived as such by the citizens whom we expect to make drastic changes in response to an unprecedented challenge.

This article originally appeared in Viable Cities’ Medium page.

 
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