On the way to Paris: the global debate on energy and climate
On the 6th of June took place the biggest citizen consultation process in the world ever organized in the environmental field: the global debate on energy and climate. 105 debates took place in 75 different countries, gathering more than 10 000 participants, in preparation for the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), which will take place in Paris from the 30th November to the 11th December 2015.
The citizen global debate on energy and climate was organized by the National Commission on Public Debates and the Danish Board of Technology, with the logistic and financial support of the UN, of the French ministry of environment and of the French Regions Association (ARF). Its aim was to include citizens from the whole world into the COP21 preparation process by gaining information on the way climate change and energetic transition are perceived.
To do so, a sample of 100 citizens has been selected in 75 countries in preparation for a consultation in the form of a survey.
Uganda among the most affected countries
Among the 29 African countries which have participated to this initiative, Uganda is the one of which citizens have been showing the more concerns about the consequences of climate change.
Indeed, according to the results of the survey led during the debate, 83.64% of Ugandans have answered being “very affected” by climate change (in the world: 78%), 75.45% think the measures to fight against climate change are most of the time an opportunity to improve our quality of life (in the world 66%) and 46% think that fighting against climate change is essentially of the citizens ‘responsibility (in the world: 47%).
Furthermore, Ugandans are aware of the importance of an energetic transition as 40% of them showed a preference for the financing of low carbon energy, for instance wind, solar or geothermal energy, in order to decrease the emission of greenhouse gas (in the world: 56%).
They also underlined the importance of education as a mean to fight climate change, as 74% think the educative programs on climate change dedicated to the public are the best mean to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (in the world: 77%).
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