TOWARDS GREENER CITIES

Citizens as drivers for change

23 May 2018 - 14:30 - 16:00
Introduction

Citizen engagement and participation are essential to the greening of cities. As consumers, citizens should be given more opportunities to accelerate the low-carbon transition of their cities.  It is therefore crucial to involve citizens in participatory decision-making and encourage them to modify not only their consumption habits but also the perception of the impact they can have in the urban environment. This debate will explore the role of citizens as drivers for change in the greening of their cities.

Our online discussion platform, Debating Europe, will run a debate on sustainable living ahead of the session, designed to collect questions from its 3.5 million-strong community, a selection of which will be put by the moderator to the panelists on the day.

This debate is taking place in the context of the 2018 European Commission Green Week:  ‘Green cities for a greener future’  
#EUGreenWeek

To register for this specific event, please visit the EU Green Week’s registration form and check Session 4.3 ‘Towards greener cities: citizens as drivers for change’

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Programme
14.00-14.30

Welcome of participants and registration

14.30-16.00

TOWARDS GREENER CITIES – Citizens as drivers for change

Citizen engagement and participation are essential to the greening of cities. As consumers, citizens should be given more opportunities to accelerate the low-carbon transition of their cities. However, the current environmental problems that cities are faced with, whether it is air pollution, inefficient waste policies, biodiversity loss and resource scarcity, are often the results of rapid urban development coupled with policies that are not adapted to today’s needs. Such situations, affecting the daily lives of city dwellers, can give birth to grassroots movements and bottom-up actions, where citizens transform into actors of change. It is therefore crucial to involve citizens in participatory decision-making and encourage them to modify not only their consumption habits but also the perception of the impact they can have. Local decision-makers with the support of civil society organisations and NGOs should aim to work together on raising awareness among citizens and ensure that they act urgently to bend the curve of emissions.

  • How can local-decision makers ensure the voice of citizens is heard and sustainable living practices are widely shared and adopted across cities and municipalities? 
  • What actions can be implemented to reinforce the dialogue between local decision-makers and citizens? How can such accelerate the intake of best practices for the greening of cities?
  • How can citizens with the support of different stakeholders ensure that cities are better managed, environmental issues addressed and solutions provided? 
  • What sort of initiatives can be put in place to increase citizens’ sense of responsibility towards their living environment and how can one ensure their actions complement what local authorities already undertake? 

 

Moderated by
Dharmendra Kanani, Director of Strategy at Friends of Europe
 

16.00

End of debate

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Registration
Raphaël Danglade, Programme Executive for Climate and Energy at Friends of Europe
Tel.: +32 2 893 98 10
Email: raphael.danglade@friendsofeurope.org

To register for this specific event, please visit the EU Green Week’s registration form and check Session 4.3 ‘Towards greener cities: citizens as drivers for change’

You may find further information on the membership below or get in touch with Natasha Ibbotson, Senior Programme & Partnership Development Manager, on +32 2 893 98 24 or natasha.ibbotson@friendsofeurope.org.
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