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TOPIC: How to increase public engagement and understanding of Uk's energy challenge?

How to increase public engagement and understanding of Uk's energy challenge? 1 month ago #1

What do think we need to do or what have you done to increase public engagement and understanding of the energy challenge facing the UK?

I work for Open-City an architecture organisation championing good design to make a liveable city in London. Taking two projects we run Open House London (public engagement programme whereby 700 buildings open for the weekend and over a quarter of a million people attend) and Green Sky Thinking (professional programme whereby we run 50+ onsite practical events showcasing innovative sustainable design and build to leading built environment and property professionals) we clearly see that the profession and the public are often dealt with separately and these silos do not talk to each other.

With energy challenges in the UK reaching boiling point in the news and in government, how do we get 'the public' to understand the various options faced. We ran a debate Is London buiding a Sterile City, with over 9,500 people applying for a place. 'The Public' is an informed, aware and incentivised (they pay the bills) audience yet there appears to be a barrier to communicating both to the public and from the public.

70% of our 1,200 polled audience said they act in more environmentally friendly ways at home than in the work place - it is about incentive, responsibility and reward.

The mixed messaging in media means no clear solution, action or lock in.
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