Empowering citizens for common concerns: Sustainable energy, trade and climate change

  • Rafael Leal-Arcas

Abstract

One very promising development in the twenty-first century is the empowerment of citizens on issues of common concern such as climate change, sustainable energy, and international trade. Citizens’ empowerment means that civil society can play an important role in the new challenges of trade diplomacy, such as the integration of non-economic aspects of trade in trade policy and the inclusion of trade policies in the democratic debate. This approach makes the system of decision-making closer to the citizens and therefore less technocratic. This novel idea of greater citizen participation, engendered by citizens’ empowerment, is a promising way of providing better management of environmental issues and helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Moving forward, citizens must contribute to finding more effective ways to obtain sustainable energy, mitigate climate change, and develop a more democratic and transparent trade policy-making process. This paper will show several specific means by which citizens can ostensibly help enhance sustainable energy initiatives, mitigate climate change, and make citizens richer through free and open environmental trade.

Abstract

One very promising development in the twenty-first century is the empowerment of citizens on issues of common concern such as climate change, sustainable energy, and international trade. Citizens’ empowerment means that civil society can play an important role in the new challenges of trade diplomacy, such as the integration of non-economic aspects of trade in trade policy and the inclusion of trade policies in the democratic debate. This approach makes the system of decision-making closer to the citizens and therefore less technocratic. This novel idea of greater citizen participation, engendered by citizens’ empowerment, is a promising way of providing better management of environmental issues and helping achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Moving forward, citizens must contribute to finding more effective ways to obtain sustainable energy, mitigate climate change, and develop a more democratic and transparent trade policy-making process. This paper will show several specific means by which citizens can ostensibly help enhance sustainable energy initiatives, mitigate climate change, and make citizens richer through free and open environmental trade.

Published
2018-01-24
How to Cite
LEAL-ARCAS, Rafael. Empowering citizens for common concerns: Sustainable energy, trade and climate change. GSTF Journal of Law and Social Sciences (JLSS), [S.l.], v. 6, n. 1, jan. 2018. ISSN 2251-2861. Available at: <http://dl6.globalstf.org/index.php/jlss/article/view/1232>. Date accessed: 20 oct. 2018.