Data

General Issues
Environment
Energy
Governance & Political Institutions
Specific Topics
Energy Siting & Transmission
Climate Change
Energy Conservation
Location
Orléans
Centre-Val de Loire
France
Scope of Influence
Metropolitan Area
Links
A Novel Approach to Local Climate Action in France
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of private organizations
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Approach
Co-governance
Consultation
Research
Spectrum of Public Participation
Collaborate
Legality
No
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Trained, Nonprofessional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Both
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Express Opinions/Preferences Only
Formal Testimony
Information & Learning Resources
Participant Presentations
Decision Methods
General Agreement/Consensus
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Hearings/Meetings
Type of Organizer/Manager
Community Based Organization
Activist Network
Individual

CASE

THE ORLÉANS-STYLE DEMOCRATIC APPROACH TO CLIMATE ACTION

June 14, 2022 olawaleawoyinka
May 12, 2022 olawaleawoyinka
General Issues
Environment
Energy
Governance & Political Institutions
Specific Topics
Energy Siting & Transmission
Climate Change
Energy Conservation
Location
Orléans
Centre-Val de Loire
France
Scope of Influence
Metropolitan Area
Links
A Novel Approach to Local Climate Action in France
Purpose/Goal
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of government and public bodies
Make, influence, or challenge decisions of private organizations
Develop the civic capacities of individuals, communities, and/or civil society organizations
Approach
Co-governance
Consultation
Research
Spectrum of Public Participation
Collaborate
Legality
No
Facilitators
Yes
Facilitator Training
Trained, Nonprofessional Facilitators
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Both
Types of Interaction Among Participants
Discussion, Dialogue, or Deliberation
Express Opinions/Preferences Only
Formal Testimony
Information & Learning Resources
Participant Presentations
Decision Methods
General Agreement/Consensus
Communication of Insights & Outcomes
Public Hearings/Meetings
Type of Organizer/Manager
Community Based Organization
Activist Network
Individual

This climate assembly took shape as Assises de la transition écologique, or forums for ecological transition. The Assises model draws on a forum where citizens, experts, and elected officials within local authorities aim to design policy solutions together

Problems and Purpose

This climate assembly believes that qualitatively different forms of democratic engagement are required to advance democracy and climate action at the same time. Climate assemblies have drawn much attention as a vehicle for democratic participation on energy transition issues. While these assemblies offer valuable deliberative spaces, so far they have had a limited political impact and insufficient connections with actual policymaking processes. To solve the climate problem is therefore important to explore other innovative and complementary forms of public engagement on the climate agenda. In particular, alternative territorial governance arrangements can provide useful lessons on long-term citizen engagement and more seamless connections between citizens and government officials, thereby complementing other forms of public deliberation such as climate assemblies.

Background History and Context

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Methods and Tools Used

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

Analysis and Lessons Learned

The lesson here is how important it is to capitalize on political openings or tipping points decisively as they arise. In the case of the Orléans Métropole, such an opening arose in what was previously considered an unexpected place for bold climate action. In July 2020, the newly elected Metropolitan Council produced an unexpected broad-based coalition, which brought together city representatives with various center-right, center-left, and left-leaning political affiliations. This coalition demonstrated that climate action can sometimes muster sufficient consensus and transcend political differences, even in cities not run by conventionally ecofriendly majorities.

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References

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