photo by shanastineIn the richness of the discussion and the figures from the voting in Kettering, three things stand out for me.

Firstly, the majority of people in the room want urgent action on climate change, and they are expecting our leaders to make a firm deal in Copenhagen at Christmas.

But they don’t want a deal at any cost. The voting shows that people don’t want the poorer countries of the world to bear the same cost as richer countries. Global equity is as important to a majority of people in Kettering as is urgent action on carbon dioxide emissions.

It has been a really long day. But people have stuck it out and remain engaged; in fact, the energy in the room is increasing not decreasing right now. The final message I take from today, the most important from Involve’s perspective, is that people want to be heard. They are prepared to give up their Saturday to discuss complex and abstract issues. They want to learn and they want to be involved in decisions.

Governments of the world take note, your citizens want to talk to you.