In early June 2015, we hosted a diverse group of 70 Twin Cities residents to deliberate about the earth’s changing climate.
Our event in Saint Paul was one of 97 global host sites in the international World Wide Views on Climate & Energy project. Participants at each host site considered the global impacts of a changing climate and a quickly evolving energy system to provide recommendations for national policymakers at the United Nations. Results from each site (other U.S. sites include Boston, MA; Fort Collins, CO; and Phoenix, AZ) will be compiled and presented at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris this December.
Residents from all walks of life, living in Hennepin, Ramsey, Carver, Dakota, Washington, Scott, and Anoka counties, participated in the event. Participants were selected to reflect the demographics of the Twin Cities metro area and were politically, socioeconomically, and racially diverse.
We’re excited about the unique international contribution that Minneapolis-St. Paul residents made and will continue to make through World Wide Views. Twin Citizens join their voices in a chorus of over 10,000 across the globe to offer a truly representative perspective to decision makers at the United Nations leading up to this year’s COP21 climate negotiations.
You can view Minnesota and global results at climateandenergy.wwviews.org/results/, comparing the views of Minnesotans with the perspectives of participants around the world.
Responses from each site will be aggregated and analyzed by the World Wide Views Alliance and other partners. World Wide Views and its partners will promote citizen responses to policymakers and elected officials in the run-up to the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference in December. In the US, we’ll share citizen responses directly with State Department officials participating in COP21 negotiations. Read Minnesota’s messages to COP21 delegates here.
We also asked Minnesota’s participants to consider the local impacts of a changing climate. See their top concerns and their recommendations for policymakers.
World Wide Views on Climate and Energy is led by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat, the French National Commission for Public Debate, the Danish Board of Technology Foundation, the French Government via Missions Publiques, and local host sites around the world.