Monthly Archives: January 2016

Winter Newsletter, Jan 2016

Our Winter Newsletter it out! With focus this time on democracy and climate politics. Interesting insights from David Kahane, Simon Burall, Andrea Westall, Halina Ward and János Zlinsky. Please get in touch at info@fdsd.org if you or your organisation would like to work with us, share inspirational examples, write reports or provocations, or comment on...

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Democracy, SDGs and COP – interview with János Zlinszky

János Zlinksy, one of our longest serving Trustees and an advisor to the UN Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals, reflects on the relationship between the Paris COP and the Sustainable Development Goals Interview by Nick Aveling There’s been a lot of debate as to whether Paris COP21 can be considered a ‘success’. As an advisor...

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Climate change action needs more than scientific evidence

Simon Burall is the Director of Involve, a think tank and charity specialising in public participation. Their mission is to inspire, innovate and embed effective citizen engagement, to enable members of the public to take and influence the decisions that affect their lives. Simon’s guest blog has also been published on this website as a...

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Managing the Psychological Distance of Climate Change

Climate change is a notoriously ‘distant’ risk for most people. We hear about it in the news, but it rarely seems relevant to our everyday life – “it feels ‘not here’ and it feels ‘not now’”. This sense of non-urgency couldn’t be further away from the actual impact that the rise in global temperature is...

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Climate change action needs widespread democratic change

This blog first appeared on the Involve website – January 8, 2016; and has just been published on the Democratic Audit UK website on January 14, 2016. COP21, the UN’s December 2015 Climate Change Conference, created a toughly negotiated agreement with space to improve targets and aspirations. To repeat the obvious, the focus is now...

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