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4.4 Give public visibility to motivated players and citizens
Inventing new local governance

The problem at hand

Everybody has to contribute to fighting climate change and promoting energy transition in proportion to their responsibilities. “Alone, I will achieve nothing! I agree to act, but only if others are involved too” is a common, and legitimate, reaction.
Many initiatives taking place throughout the territories are often ignored. They are led by citizens, households, entrepreneurs and administrations who do not know one another and whose efforts are not recognised. These “motivated” people are, however, showing the way towards a low energy city and a high quality of life for all.
They are open and generous. They, their actions and their results need to be given more visibility. Everybody should be proud of them and be invited to join the movement.

Proposal

Draw up a list, communicate on, and publicly acknowledge public, private and associative players who carry out retrofitting works in their buildings, change their mode of transport, buy local products, offer renewable energy or energy services, install solar units or invent new lifestyles.
This initiative must come from the local authority, even though its implementation can be entrusted to an energy agency or an association. It is a perfect opportunity for stimulating creativity and engaging the population in an attractive and optimistic way!

Conditions for success

  • Giving actions a human dimension and communicating using pictures showing people rather than objects.
  • Supporting and advising committed players and encouraging events: field visits, festivals, shows, competitions, business clubs, etc.
  • Using social networks and Internet mapping technologies to show that a mass effect is in progress and can encourage engagement.
  • Making this process a collective ambition driver.

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