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We Create the Climate! Citizens participation and Climate Change in Alpine Cities

Villach, 20.-21.6. 2013


The future of climate change will be decided in the cities. Some two thirds of the human population of the Alps live in municipal areas. That is where most of the climate-damaging green house gases are produced and that is where most power is consumed – and that is where measures to limit global warming and its consequences can be most directly implemented. 

Success, however, only favours those who work together. The challenges of climate change are so complex that co-operation between representatives of the economic, political and administrative spheres, as well as citizens themselves, is essential. Cities can expand cycle lane networks; drivers can leave their cars at home; municipalities can introduce energy-saving measures. But what about energy consumption by the economy and individuals? The issue is how to ensure co-operation and participation.

There are already good examples of how municipalities in the Alps are reducing emissions and promoting the use of renewable energies. The next step is to publicise these success stories and learn from them. That was the aim of the “Alpstar” Alpine Space Project and its associated workshop, “We Create the Climate! Citizens Participation and Climate Change in Alpine Cities” to be held on 20 and 21 June 2013 in Villach, Austria.

The event introduced tools, challenges and successful ideas for participation in cities and communities in the context of climate change. Participants received guidelines on how co-operative climate policies can succeed in municipalities and regions; a multinational corporation showed how it is encouraging for its employees to switch to traveling by bus or bike; and, using actual examples, two working groups discussed whether and how it is possible to ensure participation succeeds through financial incentives and changes to lifestyle habits. Further ideas were provided by field trips to the tpv (Technology Park Villach) and the local biomass power plant.


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