Reading across the votes and recommendations from all participating countries, one impression stands clear: The participating citizens mandate their politicians to take fast and strong action at COP15.
The atmosphere at the meetings reflected dedication and seriousness of purpose. A multitude of ideas and viewpoints, including climate scepticism, green opinions, and much doubt was aired and confronted at the tables.
When it came to taking a decision and vote, the diversity and differences in opinions were less dominant: There is a very high degree of consensus among the citizens that climate change should be dealt with promptly and with ambitious targets.
The citizens want a deal to be made at COP15, and not later. They call for long-term global average temperature targets of less than 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. They follow that up with a wish for higher reduction targets than their politicians are stating in the lead-up to COP15. They call for fair and proportionate burden sharing â€“ in national terms the broadest shoulders should carry the heaviest load â€“ but participants from all countries are willing to contribute.
Those countries that do not live up to their commitment should be met with punishments. The citizens see technology development and distribution as a prerequisite for effective global policies and they want an international financial system to pay for technology transfer and adaptation. And they support strong international institutions to advance the objectives of a new climate deal.
The citizens urge their governments to take strong and fast action, but they also point to the necessity for mobilising their own efforts as citizens and consumers. They recommend awareness building, education and positive market incentives as instruments to help populations act in support of climate policies.
A majority of the global participants wants the price of fossil fuels to be increased, which shows a willingness of individual citizens to contribute.
The following nine policy recommendations are the results of thorough analysis of the WWViews results by the project coordinators assisted by a group of national partners from across the world.
You can see the results en detail here.
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