"Ballerup Kommune skal jo ikke redde den sidste pingvin!"
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Papazu, Irina Hansen1, Forfatter
Hoff, Jens2, Vejleder
1Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7001              
2Institut for Statskundskab, Det Samfundsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Københavns Universitet, København, Danmark, diskurs:7003              
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Ukontrollerede emneord: klimaforandringer, klima, borgerinddragelse, klimaprojekt, lokale løsninger, kommuner, aktør-netværksteori
 Abstract: Climate experts agree that climate change is a serious threat to the environment and hence to our common future. To achieve carbon reduction objectives, local government faces the challenge of engaging the general public with the climate change agenda. This calls for new ways to conceptualize and concretize the existence of CO2, in order to make this abstract entity relevant to the everyday life of the lay citizen. Therefore, new ways to involve citizens in governance are needed, and this creates greater room for community-based initiatives. Whereas earlier climate campaigns have focused on promoting pro-environmental behaviour change through information campaigns, new project-based initiatives centered on the use of green technologies and artifacts in everyday life are becoming prevalent.
The aim of this thesis is, thus, through the qualitative study of the case of the ’Climate Family Project’ in Ballerup, Denmark, to explore the ways in which citizens can be engaged in the climate change agenda through their participation in local initiatives.
Drawing on the relational, empiricist insights of actor-network theory and recent developments in the device-centered approach to public participation, I investigate how the project participants are engaged in climate change, and how this engagement evolves, progresses, or is curbed through the different aspects and activities connected with the climate project.
Since the families that have joined in the climate program are both participants in the official project and separate entities, their climate engagement evolves within the joint project frame as well as within the four walls of their homes. Thus, three modes of engagement are identified, according to the different kinds of response to the project inputs and the different constellations of engagement in the climate problematic. The thesis points to the difficulties of designing citizen involvement programs and calls for greater awareness of the complexities of public involvement in climate change.
Furthermore, for local government to penetrate the private sphere where sustainable climate-related practices unfold and evolve, techniques of shaping the subject are put to use which evoke the foucaultian notion of green governmentality. Through this theoretical supplement a deeper understanding is gained of the implications of engaging citizens in the climate challenge.
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 Type: Speciale
Alternativ titel: Et speciale om Klimafamilieprojektet i Ballerup Kommune og om hvordan kommuner kan engagere borgere i bekæmpelsen af klimaforandringer
Alternativ titel: "Ballerup Municipality can't save the last penguin!"
Alternativ titel: A thesis on the Climate Family Project in Ballerup Municipality and on how local government can engage citizens in fighting climate change
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Sprog: Danish - dan
 Datoer: 2012-08-30
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 Publiceringsinfo: København : Københavns Universitet
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