World Wide Views on Climate and Energy: USA

Category: 
Community Based

On June 6, 2015, 10,000 lay citizens, representing demographic diversities in 76 countries and 97 locations including 4 in the U.S. (Boston MA, St. Paul MN, Ft. Collins CO, Phoenix AZ), participated in the largest-ever informed single-day public deliberation on climate and energy. 18% of U.S. participants were between ages of 18-24. The model, results and evaluation offer useful insights for supporting decisions about climate change education, engagement and empowerment for young citizens from the Pacific Islands to the American Southwest.

World Wide Views on Climate and Energy - Results Presentation

Goals: 

With the help of balanced information booklet, video, facilitated peer to peer dialogue with demographically representative lay citizens learn, discuss, share and answer 31 questions relating to COP 21 negotiations related to

  1. Importance of tackling climate change,
  2. Tools to tackle climate change,
  3. UN negotiations and national commitments,
  4. Fairness and distribution of efforts,
  5. Making and keeping climate promises.

"We are all sitting in groups of 7 or 8 and discussing different questions and it is going really well. My Table is having a blast. We are getting along, learning from each other and comparing opinions. It is really interesting." - Renee Torrie, McGill University, 19

High Level Impact: 

After participation in the event, participants are expected to

  1. Recognize broader social context and complexities surrounding science and policy issues related to climate change;
  2. Identify different public views and values associated with these issues in different parts of the world;
  3. Experience the value of education and engagement on these issues; and
  4. Feel empowered to participate in a variety of ways towards possible solutions and better outcomes. From the results and evaluation of the event, educators and policymakers are expected to identify the newer and plausible avenues for educating, informing and broadening youth participation in facilitating transition to low carbon economy.
Point of Contact: 

Mahmud Farooque, mahmud.farooque@asu.edu; Arizona State University