A group of selected invitees gathered in Salzburg, Austria for a synthesis workshop on the Manifesto for Democracy and Sustainability, co-organized by Salzburg Global Seminar.
Relationship democracy and sustainable development
From 26th-30th November, FDSD worked alongside Madrid-based IIDMA (the Instituto Internactional de Derecho y Medio Ambiente) to run a consultation for the Manifesto in Spain, using the tenth national environmental congress, CONAMA, as a platform for a workshop and consultation stand.
FDSD’s Nicolò Wojewoda facilitated a consultation workshop for alumni of The Otesha Project’s bicycle friendly and youth-led sustainability education programme.
FDSD ran two sessions to develop the people’s Manifesto on Democracy and Sustainability at Cupula dos Povos, part of the People’s Summit at Rio+20.
FDSD co-organised a workshop session in Rio de Janeiro as part of a two-day event Fair ideas: sharing solutions for a sustainable planet hosted by IIED and the Pontificia Universidade Catolica do Rio de Janeiro (PUC) The event was held at the (PUC) together with The Access Initiative, Center for Ocean Solutions, All China Environment Federation,...
These five reports explore How might democracy and participatory decision-making have evolved to cope with the challenges of climate change by the years 2050 and 2100?, resulting in four scenarios and their implications.
Tim O'Riordan notes our reluctance to forego the benefits of a carbon-dependent world. We want sustainability but are not prepared to vote for it. The main problem is short-termism, exacerbated when things are financially tight.
FDSD and Chatham House held a half-day seminar at Chatham House to consider how various climate change scenarios could affect democracy in the UK and US, and to ask whether international policy-makers should share some of the blame for why liberal democracies are finding it hard to secure broad public support for action.
The seminar focussed on: what innovations are needed in democracy and participatory decision-making, if we want them to deliver the actions required to mitigate and adapt to climate change? It was aimed at leaders and change makers in central and local governments, businesses, NGOs and communities.
In the absence of a visionary text setting out the intersections between democracy, environmental justice and sustainable development, Charles Secrett argues that we need to draft a core text, and then rely on the wisdom of crowds to develop it.