In a policy breakfast seminar in Washington DC on Thursday, March 19th, ECAST team members Rick Worthington, Mahmud Farooque, David Tomblin and Gretchen Gano introduced World Wide Views on Climate and Energy (WWViews C&E) project and hosting efforts in the US. WWViews C&E is a global citizen consultation organized by the Danish Board of Technology in collaboration with Missions Publiques and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat.
On June 6, 2015, about 100 citizens representing the demographic diversity of the host countries will attend daylong meetings at sites around the world. Participants will receive the same balanced and vetted information about issues on the agenda for the December 2015 UN climate summit in Paris, and discuss these issues at tables with 8 participants and a facilitator. Their views on these issues will be published online and presented at both preparatory meetings and at the climate summit.
ECAST, which previously coordinated the U.S. component of the 2012 World Wide Views on Biodiversity project at four US cities (Boston, Washington, Denver and Phoenix), is providing guidance, coordination and training for the 2015 WWViews C&E sites in the US, currently Boston, Tempe, Ft. Collins and St. Paul as well as working with experts at US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) to develop regional programing and outreach.