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Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat
Experiment of participatory democracy in the form of a climate citizens' council in France
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TAG:
#climate
Founding year:
Jahr der Gr├╝ndung:
2019
Time period:
time period:
2019-2020
Place:
Ort:
Paris
Region:
Region:
Western Europe
Country:
Land:
France
Location:
Location:
In 9 months, 7 meetings of 3 days each in the building of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council (CESE) in the Palais d'I├ęna
Target Group:
Zielgruppe:
Citizens
Description
Description
In times of high political tensions and complicated by the Covid 19 pandemic, a unique democratic experiment emerged in France: a citizens' council consisting of 150 randomly selected French citizens met over eight weekends to formulate proposals on how France could reduce its carbon footprint by 40% by 2030. The Citizens' Council was convened in response to President Macron's yellow waistcoat protests. Five million euros were made available. He promised that all citizens would vote on the recommendations of the ┬╗Citoyenne┬ź. The 150 participants were a representative cross-section of French society and were supposed to find concrete answers to the climate crisis. The panel concluded its work in June 2020. Among the measures formulated were a reduction of the maximum speed on motorways, an extreme investment in train transport and a mandatory overall energy renovation of buildings.
Goals
Goals
Involving a representative cross-section of French society to develop and formulate clear responses to the climate crisis that combine environmental protection and social justice. Participatory democracy to find solutions and to preserve and strengthen democracy. Citizens' councils should become an integral part of French democracy in the future.
Outcomes
Outcomes
The Convention has received a lot of attention. There is a growing body of literature on deliberative and participatory democracy, as well as literature assessing the success and failure of the convention. There is also a growing demand for similar assemblies in other countries.
Loic Blondiaux (French political scientist) warns that the climate crisis threatens the preservation of our democracies and that new forms of democracy are therefore essential.
So far, it is not clear whether the convention was more than an attempt to legitimise the government or will actually become an effective participatory instrument.
Initiators
Initiator*innen
Emmanuel Macron, french government
Responsible
Responsible
Further information
Further Information
Images
Bilder
Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat_Dossierdepresse_EN

Citizens' Climate Convention. Photo from Pressedossier, 2020

Citizens_Convention_for_Climate_Logo

Logo of the Convention Citoyenne pour le for Climat. Photo: https://www.conventioncitoyennepourleclimat.fr/, Quelle: Wikipedia

Convention citoyenne_Jules Herbert_Lizenz CC-BY 4.0

Convention Citoyenne pour le Climat. Photo: Jules Hebert, unchanged under the licence CC-BY 4.0. Source: Heinrich B├Âll Stiftung Paris

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