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    Namur to hold a “World café” to discuss climate issues

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    Namur will hold a “World café” with students who want to protect the climate. This was announced by Ecological transition councillor Charlotte Mouget on Friday. Based on the American concept of a “World café”, the idea is to start a structured conversation designed to improve collective intelligence. 

    “We will send a letter to Namur’s 24 Secondary schools next week, inviting them to be part of this process,” said Charlotte Mouget. “Each school can then choose four students who will represent them.” 

    “On the day of the conference, we will first of all reflect on what Namur has done so far to help protect the climate. We will then hold themed round tables that will last around two hours”, she said. “The conference will end with a discussion to decide what the priorities are.” 

    The conference is planned for the 28th of March. Communal authorities will decide on the themes to be discussed according to their feasibility, with a view to holding more matinee communal brainstorming sessions later. 

    “I think this is the best way to move forward together: realistic projects at a local level,” the Ecological transition councillor said. 

    The process of co-constructing a “climate plan” was started on the 24th of January, when a group of Namur school-children were invited to meet Communal authorities. 

    Other councillors will be involved as well, including Charlotte Deborsu (Lifestyle and population) and Stéphanie Scailquin (Urbanism and Employment). The Education and participation councillor Patricia Grandchamps will also have a central role. 

    Maria Novak
    The Brussels Times