A roadmap for local deliberative engagements on transitions to net zero carbon and climate resilience

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Mullally, Gerard
Revez, Alexandra
Harris, Clodagh
Dunphy, Niall P.
Rogan, Fionn
Byrne, Edmond P.
McGookin, Connor
Ó Gallachóir, Brian P.
Bolger, Paul
O'Dwyer, Barry
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Public engagement and participation are best understood as fluid and evolving categories that embrace the many ways in which citizens collaborate on, intervene in, oppose or deliberate over matters that concern them. In recent years the role that the public occupies in climate action debates has expanded and has given rise to new knowledge co-creation practices and deliberative decision-making processes. It is increasingly acknowledged that meaningful public engagement in climate action requires well-informed, equal and inclusive processes. There is a compelling body of work internationally in support of embedding deliberative democratic practices more deeply to strengthen public engagement. In this report we explore some of these innovative practices and processes, and present the main findings from the project 'Engaging, Envisioning, and Co-Producing Pathways for a Low Carbon, Climate Resilient Ireland (Imagining2050)', which was funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and co-funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). The aim of the project was to engage with civil society using innovative co-creation and deliberative approaches, and test these approaches, to explore and consolidate future visions of and pathways to a low-carbon and climate-resilient future in Ireland.
Deliberative democracy , Climate change
Mullally, G., Revez, A., Harris, C., Dunphy, N., Rogan, F., Byrne, E., McGookin, C., Ó Gallachóir, B., Bolger, P., O'Dwyer, B., Flood, S., Boyle, E., Glynn, J., Barry, J. and Ellis, G. (2022) A roadmap for local deliberative engagements on transitions to net zero carbon and climate resilience, Environmental Protection Agency. Available at: https://www.epa.ie/publications/research/climate-change/Research_Report_415.pdf (Accessed: 2 August 2022)
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