A senior citizen from Middelfart, a farming mechanic from Suldrup and a MÃ¦rsk-officer from Svendborg are some of the 100 Danish citizens chosen to give political leaders around the world a hint as to what ordinary citizens think of climate change. This takes place at the WWViews citizen meeting at Festsalen, Copenhagen City Hall on Saturday, September 26, from 9 AM to 7 PM.
The citizen meeting in Copenhagen is one of 46 meetings in 38 countries around the world held the same day under the headline: World Wide Views on Global Warming. World Wide Views will be the so far biggest citizen consultation in the world. In countries as different as Canada, China, Uganda, Indonesia, and Chile, citizens with different backgrounds in all ages will meet to discuss how politicians should handle global warming.Â
Global citizen consultation
The purpose of World Wide Views is to pass on the opinions of ordinary citizens to political decision-makers. Results from World Wide Views will therefore be delivered directly to Connie Hedegaard, host of the UN Climate Conference (COP15), who this December together with political leaders from all over the world will be making decisions with far-reaching consequences for the future of the planet.
World Wide Views is a global network of independent organisations in each of the participating countries, initiated by the Danish Board of Technology and The Danish Cultural Institute. Director of The Danish Board of Technology says: "We have citizen meetings on a regular basis here in Denmark and are proud to be able to disseminate this democratic tradition to other countries as well. When 4.500 citizens meet across national, ethnical, cultural as well as social barriers to express their views, politicians have to listen. After all, citizens have to live with the consequences of the agreement negotiated at COP15."
Connie Hedegaard, host of COP15, ambassador for World Wide Views, and Danish Minister of Climate and Energy, supports the initiative: "World Wide Views creates a unique possibility to involve citizens from all corners of the world in the process up to the climate conference In Copenhagen this December. The project ensures that we politicians get a reality check on how world citizens think the agreement should be put together."
24 hours live event
On September 26, citizens will be introduced to the same information material in all 38 countries, which presents them with different dilemmas in the climate debate. On the basis of this material and their own experience, citizens will answer the same questions, composed by The Danish Board of Technology. Results from all countries will currently be uploaded on www.wwviews.org. During this 24 hours online event, three international expert panels will comment results as they come in and make live videoconferences, which will be visible to everyone with access to the Internet.
Read more about the project, see the list of participating countries, and follow results on www.wwviews.org.
On our media platform, you can find interviews, photos, the WWViews information videos, and the WWViews information booklet free to use: http://teknologiraad.surfoffice.eu/.
For any further information, contact to participating citizens, and questions, please contact:
Camilla Jensen from Nissen & Co. on e-mail: email@example.com or phone: 33 36 30 20 / 6061 7216 or JÃ¸rgen Madsen from The Danish Board of Technology on e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 3345 5363 / 2623 8065.
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