Global citizen discussion regarding climate change to be held on Mines campus

GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 18, 2009 – World Wide Views on Global Warming (WWViews) will hold a nonpartisan global citizen discussion regarding future climate policy at Colorado School of Mines, one of five locations in the U.S., on Sept. 26.

WWViews, initiated and organized by The Danish Board of Technology and The Danish Cultural Institute, aims to give citizens around the world the chance to contribute views and influence negotiations on issues that are up for discussion at the United Nations Climate Change Conference to be held in Copenhagen (COP15) in December.
Thirty-nine countries will participate in WWViews, with the Mines delegation representing the U.S. Intermountain West. One hundred Coloradans hailing from Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Weld Counties will enter into the Mines discussion. Other universities participating in the U.S. include Arizona State University, Boston University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Pomona College.
Each national and regional WWViews meeting will involve 80 to 100 citizens, who applied to take part in the sessions. They will be informed about the issues through videos, expert speakers, teaching sessions or video-recorded interviews.
Participants will then be divided into smaller groups of eight to 10 people to debate and vote on various issues related to climate change. Each group will formulate one recommendation for negotiators at the COP15. These group recommendations will be gathered and put to a general meeting vote, which will determine priority and the prominence in which the recommendations are given to politicians.
Results from the national and regional WWViews meetings will be made immediately available through the WWViews web site, where expert commentators will also supply a first-impression analysis of the results. In the weeks following the meeting, other experts will further analyze the results and a policy brief, as well as a final report, will be produced and presented at COP15.
Sandy Woodson, Senior Lecturer, Mines Liberal Arts and International Studies / 303-384-2335 /



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