Newsletter 6, Australia

This is the last newsletter from the World Wide Views on Global Warming team before the UN climate talks in Copenhagen in early December. This week, the issues participants worked on are highly relevant, as the Australian Senate debates our own domestic climate change policy. The World Wide Views consultation was mentioned in two major newspapers on the weekend, Sydney Sun Herald and Melbourne’s Sunday Age, in relation to the Government’s current position and their future position for Copenhagen.

In this newsletter we have some major milestones to share with you - the fruits of the hard work of all the people involved in this global deliberative process.

Australian Video

To help show what it means to have 105 people take part in a deliberative process, we put together a short info video. This is free to use, to pass on to your networks, or embed on your own site, post to facebook, twitter, etc. It features footage of participants, facilitators and sponsors!

This week the video is featured on Australian Policy Online and will soon be on G Magazine sites.

If you use this video, distribute it on the web, or you want some help with the above, please let us know at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Australian Reports

The story of what took place, who attended, how the process worked and what people said are all available in the report and summary, both downloadable from the website,

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Global Report Release: November 19

The Danish Board of Technology is launching their international policy report on November 19, in the Danish parliament. They are tabling the report in a panel debate that will include ambassadors from China, Egypt, India, Uganda, Chile and Indonesia. The program for this event is available here: Copies of the global report and a global video will be available from 20 November, Australian time.

Report Distribution

The World Wide Views team has been busy sharing the citizens’ messages. In November, we have had a series of face-to-face briefings with political advisers and politicians. We met with  advisers to members of Australia’s negotiating team for the climate talks, the Lord Mayor of Sydney and others in the political sphere. As of Monday 16 November, copies of the summary report are in the post to all Federal Members of Parliament, the entire Senate, relevant State Government Ministers and senior civil servants dealing with climate change issues.

Citizens and Global Warming

Citizens who took part have remained very engaged with the issue. Since our last newsletter, more have spoken to their local papers, some were interviewed on ABC’s Radio Nationals Future Tense program and a few are giving talks in their community. It shows an event like this can have echoes outside of its immediate results. We wish all of you the best in your endeavours, and let us know how it goes! All the news stories we know of are up on the website