Can participatory emissions budgeting help local authorities to tackle climate change?

Cohen, T. 2012. Can participatory emissions budgeting help local authorities to tackle climate change? Environmental Development. 2, pp. 18-35. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2012.03.016

TitleCan participatory emissions budgeting help local authorities to tackle climate change?
TypeJournal article
AuthorsCohen, T.
Abstract

A lack of concerted action on the part of local authorities and their citizens to respond to climate change is argued to arise partly from a poor relationship between the two. Meanwhile, local authorities could have a significant impact on community-wide levels of greenhouse gas emissions because of their influence over many other actors, but have had limited success with orthodox voluntary behaviour change methods and hold back from stricter behaviour change interventions. Citizen participation may offer an effective means of improving understanding between citizens and government concerning climate change and, because it is inherently a dialogue, avoids many of the pitfalls of more orthodox attempts to effect behaviour change. Participatory budgeting is a form of citizen participation which seems well suited to the task in being quantitative, drawing a diverse audience and, when successfully run, engendering confidence amongst authority stakeholders. A variant of it, participatory emissions budgeting, would introduce the issue of climate change in a way that required citizens to trade off greenhouse gas emissions with wider policy goals. It may help citizens to appreciate the nature of the challenge and the role of local government in responding; this may in turn provide authority stakeholders with increased confidence in the scope to implement pro-environmental agendas without meeting significant resistance.

JournalEnvironmental Development
Journal citation2, pp. 18-35
ISSN2211-4645
Year2012
PublisherElsevier
Publisher's version
License
CC BY 3.0
File Access Level
Open (open metadata and files)
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2012.03.016
Publication dates
PublishedApr 2012

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