Global Risk and Energy Democracy

Friday, 20 July 2018: 17:30-19:20

If we would like to reconstruct ecologically sustainable and socially just society worldwide, we should tackle the issue of energy transition on the basis of energy democracy to ecological paradigm of diversified, diffusive and participatory energy system. Energy Democracy is the politics in which citizens can participate and communicate for equitable and sustainable energy system at the local, national, and global level. Energy transition is national, regional, and global issues. Methodological cosmopolitanism suggests an approach of seeking a common governance model with different local characteristics.
The most prominent trend lies in the fact that after the Fukushima disaster, energy transition on the basis of energy democracy can be found in Europe and East Asia. In East Asian countries such as Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the resurgence of anti-nuclear campaign, the energy saving movement and the advocacy movement of renewable energy were proliferated after the Fukushima disaster. More importantly, civil society and the combination of civil forces which promote energy transition from the bottom up have gained the ability to produce systematic socially robust knowledge. We are organizing this session in order to analyze “how civil societies, nation states and big businesses can cooperate or conflict facing global risk such as nuclear accidents and climate change in the national and global level”. Specifically we are focusing on people’s awareness of transboundary or global risk, and the reaction to the risk. Energy issue is not only a technical, economical issue but social, ecological issue which should be tackled in terms of democracy.
Session Organizers:
Dowan KU, Environment and Society Research Institute, Republic of Korea and Kuei-Tien CHOU, National Taiwan University, Taiwan
Ryoichi TERADA, Meiji University, Japan
Oral Presentations
The Anti-Nuclear Movement and Ecological Democracy in South Korea
Dowan KU, Environment and Society Research Institute, Republic of Korea
Energy Democratization in Taiwan: Current Problems and the Civil Society’s Advocacy
Shu-Fen KAO, Fo Guang University, Taiwan; Ying-Feng CHEN, Chinese Culture University, Taiwan
See more of: Ad Hoc Sessions