News2 October 2020Brussels, BelgiumResearch and Innovation
Outcome of online engagement with citizens from Spain
On 28 July 2020, 50 participants from Spain took part in a digital citizen engagement event on the EU Mission on “Adaptation to climate change including societal transformation.” Participants were selected randomly from different gender, age and employment situation groups to ensure a variety of views.
When asked for their views and proposals on climate adaptation and on the Mission in particular, participants prioritised these 4 actions :
Teach how to take advantage of natural resources and reduce waste
Incentives for ecological agriculture to lower production costs
Optimise natural resources by recovering native crops
Encourage and reward citizens to consume locally and recycle
They also recommended to
Enforce laws for renewable energy and circular systems in housing;
To raise awareness, educate, and sensibilise the population about effects of climate change;
Create groups, cooperatives, institutions, which can mobilise individuals;
To learn from indigenous practices
The feedback from this citizens event was very positive. Participants appreciated to be part of the process where the concrete missions will be defined, and all declared they would follow the progress of the EU missions in the future. They also showed interest in getting involved in research and innovation.