‘We are not in this to save the polar bears’: Ecological citizenship and community renewable energy development in Feldheim and Samsö.

LUCSUS researchers Mine Islar and Henner Busch will be presenting at the Copenhagen Energy Mondays seminar series organised by Energy crossroads Denmark.

November 2 2015, kl 19.00

FotE Europe

Reference: Friends of the Earth Europe

The transition from a fossil fuel based energy system to a renewable one has emerged as a priority for many governments. This, in turn, has facilitated a rapid increase in renewable energy investments. However, this development raises important questions about the sustainability of energy governance when it comes to access and control of energy, public participation and transparency. Here, decentralized solutions of renewable energy production are seen as one of the pathways towards a more participatory sustainable energy development. Ecological citizenship provides a useful framework in order to understand the interactions between decentralized renewable energy transition and collective practices of citizenship. In this talk we will present the emergence of energy villages in Europe and their impact on local processes of decision-making and on the idea of citizenship.By giving examples from two cases, we explore the co-emergence of renewable energy initiatives and ecological citizenship and whether or not transitions to community based renewable energy make citizens active due to the participatory processes and collective ownership and responsibility. Based on empirical data collected in Feldheim (Germany) and Samsø (Denmark) we find out that citizen participation in renewable energy transition resonates with the elements of communitarian ecological citizenship.

The event is open for everybody thus, grab a drink and join our discussion afterwards.

Place: Studenterhuset, Købmagergade 52 (next to Rundetårn), Central Copenhagen, 1st floor- main room (follow the signs)

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