Published on December 20, 2009

Looking Beyond Copenhagen: citizens’ views of climate change

On September 26th, 100 people from Kettering in the UK were part of the most extensive global consultation ever held and the first of its kind. This report presents the findings and recommendations from the Kettering debate.

According to the report, participants find it difficult to connect their individual actions to the enormity of the climate change agenda. Concerns about taxation on fossil fuels were shown to be particularly salient as well as issues around technological inequity. Key recommendations include changes in how government relate to the public. This involves keeping the public informed about performance and targets of both the UK and abroad. Another recommendation was the implementation of a long-term programme of public education and engagement coupled with the incentives for environmentally friendly action.

You can download this publication here.

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