Citizen Engagement in Climatic Change and Sustainable Development

Nirmal Kumar Betchoo

Abstract


This paper assesses the importance of citizen engagement in climatic change and sustainable development at the national level in Mauritius. Since the island nation has ratified international conventions on sustainable development with significant actions like the preservation of wetlands, the creation of nature parks, the plantation of mangroves along with taxation on carbon-emitting vehicles and plastic that spoils the natural environment, it is time to bring Mauritian citizens to get better involved in issues that directly affect them and will impact their future. It is an undeniable fact that citizens at all levels of society must be sensitised on issues affecting the country’s development and not expect top-down approaches and action initiated by the government.

Keywords


citizens, empowerment, climatic change, sustainable development

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