On 6 June 2015, citizens around the world took part in the largest ever public consultation on climate change and energy.
WWViews on Climate and Energy implemented 97 debates involving around 10,000 citizens in 76 countries spanning five continents. The citizens gathered in their respective countries to deliberate about some of the core issues at stake in the ongoing, international discussions and negotiations about how to deal with climate change.
They received balanced information about climate change and energy, discussed the issues with fellow citizens and voted individually on the questions presented to them.
The results from the global citizen consultations on climate change and energy are clear: there is strong public support for political action in order to agree on reducing greenhouse gas emissions to limit the global temperature increase to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels.
Their calls to action included:
- Citizens worldwide want their leaders to commit to ambitious climate action
- Citizens want zero emissions by the end of the century
- The COP21 Paris Agreement needs to open a credible path to limit global warming to
no more than 2 degrees
- Climate change is an opportunity to improve life quality
- Introduce carbon taxes and invest in renewable energy
- The private sector should contribute significantly to climate finance
- High-income countries should scale up their climate finance commitments
- Citizens want to take an active part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
- Citizens expect to take part in deciding on climate policies