Citizen's Agora on Climate change: highlights

Type: Report   Reference: I-057913   Duration: 11:13:19  Lieu:
End production: 13/06/2008   First transmission: 13/06/2008
A Citizen's Agora on Climate change was organised on 12 and 13 June 2008 at the European Parliament in Brussels. The meeting brought together over 500 people - NGOs, climate experts and international experts - to join Members of the EP in debating ways to combat climate change. The issue is a crucial one for the European Parliament as it will be required to legislate on EU-wide measures to reduce CO2 emissions. The point of the Agora is for the views and proposals of members of the civil society to be fully heard as the EU attempts to set out carbon reducing measures. In the framework of this event various aspects of this issue were addressed in five workshops: resources, techniques, solidarity, economies and governance.

Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
PDF version

11:03:55 Title 00:00:04
11:04:00 Exterior view of the European Parliament in Brussels 00:00:05
11:04:05 Arrival of participants at the Agora; picking up of badges and documents (8 shots) 00:00:48
11:04:53 Performance of a group of dancers walking extremely slowly towards the Hemicycle where the Agora is taking place (choreography by Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Belgian dancer and choreographer) (10 shots) 00:00:49
11:05:42 Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker (in ENGLISH) saying that they walked slowly, but there is urgency; maybe they walked slowly because there is urgency, urgency for change (3 shots) 00:00:15
11:05:57 Gérard Onesta, Vice-President of the EP and responsible of the Agora project, (in FRENCH) opening the Agora 00:00:07
11:06:04 General views of the hemicycle (3 shots) 00:00:14
11:06:18 Hans-Gert Pöttering, President of the EP, (in GERMAN) saying that the European Parliament is the directly elected Chamber of Europe's citizens so they are particularly concerned about EU citizens ideas and concerns (2 shots) 00:00:10
11:06:28 José Manuel Barroso, President of the EC, (in ENGLISH) saying that the transition to a low carbon economy is the defining challenge of our generation 00:00:09
11:06:37 Janez Podobnik, Slovenian Minister for the Environment and Spatial Planning and President in office of the Council, (in SLOVENIAN) saying that it is not easy to find a consensus between the 27 Members States of the EU, but on climate decisions they need to do greater efforts (2 shots) 00:00:09
11:06:46 Cutaways of the opening session (6 shots) 00:00:27
11:07:13 Hans-Gert Pöttering (in ENGLISH) saying that there is always a problem of theoretical thinking and then of practical acting and he hopes that the citizens who want the action against climate change are ready to support the EP's legislation and hopefully this leads to a good participation in European elections in June 2009 00:00:22
11:07:35 Gérard Onesta (in FRENCH) saying that the message starts to be understood; it is important to bring the dialogue above the cleavage of citizens on one side and the Institutions on the other side; they are all on the same ship called Earth, which is in danger; it is better to speak now than to cry later 00:00:17
11:07:52 José Manuel Barroso (in ENGLISH) saying that for environmental reasons, for the good of life on our planet, but also for economic important and good reasons, and for energy security reasons, they need to have a final agreement on a strategy for fighting climate change in Europe; and then try to involve others, in 2009 in Copenhagen, to have real global agreement 00:00:24
11:08:16 Cutaway 00:00:06
11:08:22 Agora working group " Resources" door sign 00:00:07
11:08:29 Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency, at the speakers' table 00:00:08
11:08:37 General view of the workshop 00:00:12
11:08:49 Jacqueline McGlade (in ENGLISH) saying that tackling climate change is as much about institutions as about individual action; plan A is what they would call "Copenhagen", what they are going to discuss amongst the Governments; plan B is what they are going to have after Governments go home; plan C is what people will need to do; and it is about maybe thinking about common sense to solve the problems, not always resorting to competitiveness; because what we have to do is slay the giant of consumption and really change the way we are living on the planet and being more modest about the way we use resources; (6 shots) 00:00:24
11:09:13 Agora Workshop "Economy" door sign 00:00:09
11:09:22 Jeremy Rifkin, President of the international foundation for economic prospective, (in ENGLISH) saying that we have got oil at 137 dollars a barrel, we are heading toward 200 dollars a barrel; we have got hundreds of millions of people facing starvation because of the rising price of food and that is affected by the fuel prices; and now we have real time climate change having deep impact on everything from agriculture to tourism; so we are at a turning point; the message is that we have to turn this adversity to an economic opportunity; we have to open the door to a third industrial revolution; so pillar one is to distribute renewable energy; pillar two is a building boom across the EU, the buildings become our power plants, we are the utility companies; pillar three, we are going to store this renewable energy in the form of hydrogen, so we have stored energy; pillar four is the most interesting: we are going to use the same technology that created the Internet and we are going to connect it with renewable energy; we are going to create an inter grid across the EU that acts just like the Internet, same technology (7 shots) 00:00:55
11:10:17 Agora Workshop "Solidarity" door sign 00:00:02
11:10:19 Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, President of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (Solidarity workshop keynote speaker), (in ENGLISH) saying that those who have contributed the most to the climate change problem, to greenhouse gas emissions, should carry the heavier burden in solving the problem; and those who are still in a situation where they are under developed and so poor should be allowed to develop to a certain level so that the dignity of the poor populations can really be addressed (2 shots) 00:00:23
11:10:42 Agora Workshop "Techniques" door sign 00:00:03
11:10:45 Claude Turmes, Member of the EP, rapporteur for renewable energies and energy efficiency, (Techniques workshop keynote speaker), (in FRENCH) saying that with citizens and participants they talked about the issue of energy decentralisation, bringing down the energy consumption in cities, on the buildings as well with the photovoltaic, solar boilers, as well as water treatment technology in order to produce small water treatment units and produce bio fuel in order to heat and produce electricity (5 shots) 00:00:36
11:11:21 Agora Workshop "Governance" door sign 00:00:06
11:11:27 Cecilia Ugaz, Deputy Secretary at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (Governance keynote speaker) (in SPANISH) saying that in all this debate about climate change we always have the feeling as citizens that we cannot do a lot; but here, really, we clarify that the participation of the citizens is extremely important both at level of political forums and economical forums as well as consumers (5 shots) 00:00:16
11:11:43 Cutaways (2 shots) 00:00:04
11:11:47 Karl-Heinz Florenz, Member of the EP, rapporteur for climate change temporary Committee (in GERMAN) saying that the second pillar is to bring together economy and ecology; they want to bring economy and social policy in one package, so that they can discuss the matter at the horizontal level with the citizens, currently it is not the case and the citizens have a critical view and rightly so; Views of the exhibition of Yann Arthus Bertrand's works; (6 shots) 00:00:18
11:12:05 Guido Sacconi, Member of the EP and Chairman of the Temporary Committee on Climate Change, (in ITALIAN) saying that the first who will commit himself in research and development in new technologies in the energy, industrial sectors will have the leadership in the world; this is how to boost competitiveness of our system; Views of the exhibition of Yann Arthus Bertrand's works; (2 shots) 00:00:17
11:12:22 Cutaway 00:00:06
11:12:28 General view of the closing session (6 shots) 00:00:27
11:12:55 General view of the press conference 00:00:04
11:12:59 Gerard Onesta (in FRENCH) saying that we are in a democracy; the text from the civil society as well as all the messages, all representatives from now on until the vote of the Parliament, from now on and the final decision of the Council and Commission will be concretised; it is a process that starts, it is not an end 00:00:20
11:13:19 Agora family picture (4 shots) 00:00:26
Audiovisual Services
European Commission
Conditions of use
© European Union, 2015