Capital Region Climate Change Forum: Citizens' Report

Institute for Sustainable Futures, UTS
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2006, pp. 1 - 62
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The Capital Region Climate Change Forum was organised, facilitated and evaluated by the Institute for Sustainable Futures (ISF) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS). The NSW Greenhouse Office and the ACT Department of Territory and Municipal Services provided funding for the Forum. The Forum was held from Friday 1 December to Sunday 3 December 2006. The primary objectives of the Forum were to: * Test the use of a citizens jury as a way of helping the community to engage with the issue of climate change and develop informed recommendations on how to respond * Provide the NSW and ACT Governments with a greater understanding of how the community in the Capital Region would like to respond to climate change * Improve understanding of community perspectives on climate change more broadly. The Forum grew out of an earlier proposal for a National Conversation on Climate Change (NCCC), developed by ISF. The NCCC proposal is provided in Appendix A. The aim of the NCCC is to stimulate public debate on Australia's response to climate change by undertaking a series of high profile citizen forums in all Australian states and developing an associated website and other media outputs. It seeks to promote public deliberation on climate change response. Deliberation is an approach to decision making in which citizens consider relevant facts from multiple points of view, converse with one another to think critically about options before them and enlarge their perspectives, opinions and understandings. In a deliberative process, participants are provided with information, training, time and other resources to allow them to learn about and debate an issue and come to a considered view. A deliberative process acts as a capacity building exercise in which non expert members of the community are empowered to discuss and form valid opinions about the subject.
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