Citizen participation – Climate Council started its work

The “Citizens’ Climate Council” started in a Viennese hotel on Saturday. It was initiated in response to the climate referendum. 100 randomly selected people will meet alternately in Vienna and Salzburg for six weekends to discuss future environmental issues and make recommendations to politicians as a “mini-Austria”.

At the start at 1 p.m., Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler (Greens) and Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen welcomed the council members present. The participants will then receive an introduction to the processes.

From then on, the members keep to themselves. They will discuss and consult in groups, although they will not be entirely on their own: they will be supported by a 15-strong scientific panel, a social partner and environmental NGO group and a team of facilitators.

First results in mid-2022

The deliberations, for which all parliamentary groups except the FPÖ have spoken out, should deal with food, agriculture, energy, production, consumption, housing, mobility and social justice. The results will be handed over to the federal government in the middle of the year.

The safety precautions were strict today: only people who were vaccinated against Corona or had recovered and who had also been PCR-tested were admitted to the opening. Masks are compulsory throughout the event. Ten people were not there today – partly due to illness. They should then join us at the next appointment in Salzburg. (apa)

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