Guidelines for selecting the participating citizens were made in order to ensure the reliability of the results: The citizens at each meeting should reflect the demographic distribution in their country or region with regards to age, gender, occupation, education, and geographical zone of residency (i.e. city and countryside).
A further criterion was that they should not be experts on climate change, neither as scientists nor stakeholders.
Where appropriate, national partners added additional demographic criteria, which were relevant to their national context; for example race or ethnic groups.
Based on reports from the partners, the guidelines have been followed, though with some local variations due to economic or practical limitations.
A tendency towards under-representation of the lowest educated can be seen in many countries. Some countries ended up with fewer than 100 citizens (a few considerably lower). Some countries or regions recruited citizens from their entire geographical area, whereas others recruited from a smaller area in order to cut expenses.
The sample of citizens consulted in WWViews is, however, large and diverse enough to give a sense of general trends in national and international public opinion.
Here you can watch citizens from Canada and Japan tell about how climate change influences their everyday lives.Â
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