Bridging the Democracy Gap: World Wide Views on Climate and Energy

What percentage of scientists believe that climate change is occurring mostly because of human activity? What percentage of the US public believe otherwise? How do we bridge the gaps between experts, citizens and policymakers? How do we engage the disengaged and uninformed public? Against this backdrop, we discuss World Wide Views on Climate and Energy (WWViews C&E), a global citizen consultation. We also discuss Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST), a network of universities, science centers and non-profits committed to peer to peer public deliberation and its effort to support WWViews forums and citizen education and engagement in the US.