Protestplakat Klimawandel

SHORTCUT 4 - February 2021

French Citizens' Convention on Climate

French President Emmanuel Macron has dared to do something new. 150 randomly selected citizens met regularly over a period of a few months in a Citizens’ Assembly on the topic of climate change. They developed 149 proposals on how France could reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while guaranteeing social justice. Much of this has now become law.

However, there was also criticism: Some participants were expecting more, and it seems the general public’s expectations were, in part, also higher. Nonetheless, this French Citizens’ Assembly has made France a pioneer of innovative and effective citizen participation.

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Message to go:

Citizens’ Assemblies on climate have been a popular subject of public debate since the inception of France’s “Convention citoyenne pour le climat”. However, care is needed: Short-term success must not be allowed to end in long-term disappointment when it comes to the handling of the results.
SHORTCUT French Citizens’ Convention on Climate


Dominik Hierlemann
Phone +49(5241)81-81 537

Céline Diebold, Bonn

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Supported (in part) by a grant from the Foundation Open Society Institute in cooperation with the OSIFE of the Open Society Foundations. Supported (in part) by a grant from King Baudouin Foundation.