Worldwide collective project «WWViews on Global Warming»
What does «WWViews on Global Warming» mean?
WWViews on Global Warming, a shortened form of World Wide Views on Global Warming, is the title of a collective project whose aim is to find out what citizens of different countries around the world think about the issue of global warming.
Why conduct a worldwide project on global warming?
Natural disasters are becoming more and more frequent, the polar ice is melting, glaciers are retreating: in recent years, the consequences of global warming have become all too visible, and this issue is now a major challenge for the world’s political leaders. Everyone has a growing awareness of their own responsibility in the process of global warming, and it is important that everyone should be able to express their opinions to political decision makers.
That is why the Danish Board of Technology (DBT), the agency responsible for technology evaluation in Denmark, has launched a worldwide participative project whose aim is to find out what citizens’ views are on climate change and to enable them to put those views to negotiators at COP15, the United Nations Climate Change Conference, which is to be held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December 2009. The negotiations that will take place there will be particularly important and decisive for future develpments after the Kyoto Protocol.
Aims of the project
The main objective of this project is to give citizens all over the world an opportunity to contribute to the debate on global warming, and to express their views on the key issues that will be addressed at COP15 in Copenhagen in 2009, in order to influence the negotiations and the future of global climate policy. Another goal is to demonstrate that citizens throughout the world can play a part in the political decision-making process.
- Citizens’ opinions and points of view will be gathered at events that will be held on Saturday, 26 September, two months before COP15.
- Around one hundred citizens will be chosen to best represent their country’s demographic diversity, and their jobs must prefererably not be connected with global warming.
- Citizens will receive information about global warming, and on the progress of the project before and during the event.
- Around one hundred citizens will be gathered in a room, where they will be split into groups of 6-8 persons. We have adapted this method to allow for the fact that Switzerland is a multilingual country, and have therefore organised the event in three distinct locations (the German- and French-speaking regions of Switzerland and Ticino), dividing the group of 100 into three. The moderators for the discussions will be independent persons.
- The discussions will be divided into two parts. Firstly part, participants will enter their answers in multiple choice questionnaires, after debating each question among themselves. In the second part, citizens will issue recommendations for political leaders, particularly the negotiators at COP15.
Project start: March 2008 | completion: end 2009
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Persons involved in the project
Responsible for the project at TA-SWISS
- Dr Sergio Bellucci , TA-SWISS, e-mail
- Nadia Ben Zbir, TA-SWISS
- Alain Kaufmann, Director, Interface Sciences-Société, Université de Lausanne
- Marc Audétat, Interface Sciences-Société, Université de Lausanne
- Prof. Edo Poglia, University of Lugano
- Giovanni Pellegri, Science et Cité, University of Lugano
- Michela Luraschi, Science et Cité, University of Lugano
- Dr Ruedi Jörg-Fromm, Representative of the Swiss Federation of Trade Unions, (member of the Steering Committee), Zurich
- René Longet, Equiterre, (Member of the Steering Committee), Geneva
- Dr Urs Neu, ProClim, Swiss Academy of Sciences, Bern
- Ulrike Saul, Climate expert, WWF Switzerland, Zurich
- Mike Weibel, Federal Office for the Environment FOEN, Bern
- Dr Elena Xoplaki, Oeschger Centre for Climate Change Research & NCCR Climate, University of Berne
- Dr Lars Klüver, Danish Board of Technology
- Bjørn Bedsted, Danish Board of Technology
- Søren Gram, Danish Board of Technology
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Project in brief
In December 2009, representatives of a number of states came together at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 15, to negotiate a new agreement following the Kyoto Protocol. In preparation for this meeting, World Wide Views on Global Warming gave 4,000 citizens from 38 countries an opportunity to express their views on climate policy issues.
Timetable: March 2008 - end of 2009
Project mandatary: Dr Lars Klüver, Bjørn Bedsted, Søren Gram, Danish Board of Technology