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1 Welcome to WWViews on Global Warming Australian event held in Sydney on 25 th and 26 th September 2009

2  What is World Wide Views on Global Warming (WWViews)?  Why is it important?  What did we do?  Results  Questions Overview

3  4,400+ citizens in 38 countries gathered on the same weekend to discuss and vote about climate change issues  Results passed on to world leaders at COP15  World leaders meeting in Denmark at the Copenhagen International Climate Conference (COP15) in early Dec ‘09 What is WWViews?  COP15 to decide how to tackle climate change  Decisions will influence everyday lives of people right across world

4 World Wide views aims to: Empower ordinary citizens to give their preferences for international policy and action on climate change Inform and influence COP15 by presenting the views of ordinary citizens on the fundamental concerns being tackled by all nations Demonstrate and establish deliberative forms of public participation in countries all around the world – first ever global democratic process Why is WWViews important?

5 “What's really attractive in this whole thing for me it’s really trying to get a global perspective and buy-in from a lot of different countries. The way it’s been timed and the lead-in to Copenhagen is great to have this snapshot and see the difference between advanced economies and developing countries.” Callum from Perth Why is WWViews important?

6  Initiated by Danish Government Agencies: - Danish Board of Technology - Danish Cultural Institute  Supported by the Danish Government – Connie Hedegaard (Danish Minister for Climate and Energy) is an Ambassador for WWViews  Direct link to COP15 via the Danish Government - who are the hosts of COP15 Why is WWViews important?

7  Senator Penny Wong, who is the Australian Minister for Climate Change and Water, endorsed the event and addressed participants by video  Louise Hand, Australia’s Ambassador for Climate Change spoke at the event  Australian results will be given directly to Australian climate negotiators who will attend COP15 Why is WWViews important?

8 Who was involved in the Australian event?

9 The WWViews Australian Group Participants, sponsors, facilitators & organisers

10  105 people participated from all States and Territories  People were randomly selected to represent Australian demographics  Background reading was provided for participants to read through before attending Australian Participants

11 "It is really interesting to give people the opportunity to have a voice and be heard. We are at the pivotal point of change and can't ignore what's happening in the environment. How we manage that is tricky.” Annette from Victoria Australian Participants

12  Their role was to support participants to have respectful discussion amongst each other  They were neutral on climate issues & questions  They contributed their facilitation skills not climate expertise Australian Facilitators

13 Benefits of sponsor involvement:  Event has created new, and reaffirmed existing, working relationships between the organisations  Sponsors are keen to continue working with each other on further climate change action Australian Sponsors

14 How did it work?

15 Topics: Session 1 – Climate change and its consequences Session 2 – Long-term goals and urgency Session 3 – Dealing with greenhouse gas emissions Session 4 - The economy of technology and adaptation Citizen dialogue sessions

16 “It was a chance to be involved in an environment where people, whether they had convictions of views or scientific opinions, would be able to put them all on the table and talk about them” Louise from NSW Citizen dialogue sessions

17 Each session followed a set format:  Introduction by the lead facilitator  A short video gave information about the topic to be discussed in that session  The topic & questions were discussed at each table  Each person voted on the questions for that session  The votes were tallied and entered into the WWViews website Citizen dialogue sessions


19 Australian Results







26  Began with a recap of the key discussions  Followed by individual reflection  Each table identified commonality amongst each person’s recommendations  Facilitators helped with working towards a consensus, wording & guidelines on length of the table’s recommendation Recommendation session

27  Each table put on display 1 recommendation  Participants visited each of the 18 recommendations to read, discuss & take notes  Participants individually voted on which recommendation they wanted to represent the Australian citizens’ views at COP15  A revote occurred for top 2 recommendations Recommendation session (cont’d)

28 Commit confidently at COP15:  Act now to limit warming below 2°C through a legally binding global agreement.  Develop new technology in an ethical and accountable process.  The need for leadership, education and technical advances is paramount. Final recommendation

29 Germany World Results Denmark Taiwan Austria Uganda Germany Indonesia

30  91% found it URGENT to make a global climate deal at COP15  89% think Annex 1 countries short-term targets for emission reductions should be 25-40% or higher  84% believe everyone should pay for a new climate deal, though some want to exempt the least developed countries World Results – Summary

31 South Africa  Act now against global warming for our children of tomorrow Germany  Climate catastrophe makes urgent acting necessary Malawi  [Strong] Mitigate Now! [Strong] Strong Policy Recommendations South Africa

32  Awareness and education  Technology development  Consumer incentives  Financial mechanisms  Climate justice  Environment focus Focus of other Recommendations Chile

33 Dissemination of results through:  Media - newspapers, radio, TV  Meetings with key politicians and climate negotiators  Danish Board of Technology are meeting with key negotiators at COP15 to ensure citizen results are discussed with the right people What is Happening with Results?

34  (See the notes attached to this slide for some tips about what you can write on the slide and what you can talk about. ) My Experience of WWViews

35 Some suggestions of what you can do about climate change  Ask questions  Have conversations with your friends and family  Read information that is reliable  Start in your own backyard – home, lifestyle, own actions, consumption  Start or join a community climate group  Write letter to politician, letter to editor, talk to your local radio What You Can Do…

36 Any questions?

37 Additional Information Extra that you could use in the presentation

38  Australia, Austria  Bangladesh, Belgium Bolivia, Brazil  Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China  Denmark  Egypt, Ethiopia  Finland, France  Germany  India, Indonesia, Italy Participating Countries  Japan  Malawi, The Maldives, Mali, Mozambique  Netherlands, Norway  Russia  Saint Lucia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland  Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)  Uganda, UK, USA, Uruguay  Vietnam

39 Recommendations from other Countries

40 Bangladesh  International climate court Spain  Without borders, same duties and rights Indonesia  Law enforcement of environmental protection International Institutions Recommendations Indonesia Taiwan

41 India (Bangalore)  Go clean and green Norway  Independent carbon fund Now USA (Colorado)  Share technology – cut CO2 emissions Technology Transfer Recommendations USA, Arizona

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