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Solving the Failure of Governments to Respond to the Climate Crisis: The Case for Environmental Democracy

From 29 to 31 March, the Westminster Foundation, in partnership with the National Democratic Institute and the World Resources Institute (WRI), organized an international conference on environmental democracy. The conference contributed to demonstrating the interdependencies between democracy and environmentalism: democratic legitimacy depends on an effective response to climate change, and fighting climate change requires such democratic values as free access to information, equitable participation, and rule of law. Moreover, the shift to renewable energies will threaten the stability of autocrats that depend on income from oil production.

Read more about the conclusions drawn regarding and next steps for supporting the integration of democracy and environmentalism in terms of policy, donor/funding and programming on the website of the National Democratic Institute.