During the World Wide Views on Climate Change UK event Simon Burall reports on what three things stood out for him during the rich discussions.
Firstly, the majority of people in the room want urgent action on climate change, and they are expecting our leaders to make a firm deal in Copenhagen at Christmas.
But they don’t want a deal at any cost. The voting shows that people don’t want the poorer countries of the world to bear the same cost as richer countries. Global equity is as important to a majority of people in Kettering as is urgent action on carbon dioxide emissions.
It really was a long day. But people stuck it out and remain engaged; in fact, the energy in the room was increasing not decreasing at this point. The final message I took from the day, the most important from Involve’s perspective, is that people want to be heard. They were prepared to give up their Saturday to discuss complex and abstract issues. They want to learn and they want to be involved in decisions.
Governments of the world take note, your citizens want to talk to you.