The citizen panel for more climate protection in Budapest met on two weekends, the 12th and 26th of September 2020. 50 randomly drawn residents dealt with what needs to be done in Budapest to build a more environmentally friendly society.
Problems and Purpose
The goal of the assembly was to use an innovative, new method, together with the people of Budapest, to find the answer to a question that concerns us all: there is a climate emergency - what should Budapest do?
Background History and Context
Climate change is a fundamental threat to well-being, social peace and the living conditions of future generations, therefore as one of the first measures of the new city administration in November 2019, Budapest like many other European cities advertised a climate emergency. Budapest represents a view that finally, deals with the environmental change experienced in the world and the crisis of democracy in a meaningful way. In the summer of 2020, in cooperation with the DemNet Foundation, the government asked the people of Budapest to buy into participating in the first community meeting of the Capital City Municipality, where priorities related to the management of the climate emergency could be identified for Budapest.
Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities
Participant Recruitment and Selection
In August 2020, 50 randomly selected Budapest residents who represented the capital's population over 18 in terms of age, gender, education and place of residence. were invited to take part in the assembly.
Methods and Tools Used
What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation
With the help of experts and facilitators, the participants talked about how Budapest's city government should respond to the climate emergency: what goals the city should set for itself in dealing with climate change, and how to achieve them.
Influence, Outcomes, and Effects
At the end of the meeting, the participants adopted the following eight-point package of recommendations
Analysis and Lessons Learned