Published on January 18, 2012

The use of public engagement in tackling climate change

By Ingrid Prikken

Ingrid Prikken is Project Manager at Involve. Her work is focused on project design and management, facilitation and research. Her research covers embedding public engagement in government and citizen participation in challenging issues.

bicycle on the greenDrawing from compelling results and evaluation findings of a range of public dialogues around climate change, Involve argue there is clear evidence that engaging people in a meaningful way has the potential to change attitudes and behaviours towards tackling climate change.

In this way, public engagement can complement legislative changes that force change, as well as the government’s agenda of ‘nudge’. Only by involving the public in decision-making and in the design of projects will the government be able to bring about the changes in public attitudes and behaviour of the scale that is required.

Download the paper: The use of public engagament in tackling climate change

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5 Responses to “The use of public engagement in tackling climate change”

  1. January 20, 2012 at 2:34 pm

    Looks really interesting, we’re developing similar thinking in relation to land use planning in Scotland – advocating that people can engage in complex decision-making reconciling many competing needs, and that process helps develop better outcomes and active citizenship for more effective future participation.

    • Ingrid
      January 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm

      Thanks for your reply Iain, much appreciated. Your work sounds really interesting. Would like to hear more about it. Are there any reports available or is there a website I can go to, to learn more about what you’re doing?

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