Uusimaa Traffic Jury
What is it about?
The Helsinki-Uusimaa region aims to become carbon neutral by 2030. In its efforts to reach this goal the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council wanted to hear the views of the region’s inhabitants. Therefore a Citizens’ Jury on carbon neutral road transport was convened. The mission of the Jury was to estimate how to implement transport emission reductions in the Helsinki-Uusimaa region in an effective and fair way.
Invitation to the Jury was sent in February to 6,000 randomly selected individuals living in the Helsinki-Uusimaa region. From the approximately 400 people who volunteered to take part in the Jury, 40 people were randomly selected using quotas so that the Jury composition corresponded to the population of Uusimaa as well as possible. Altogether 32 people took part in the Jury throughout the whole process. The Jury convened on the 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 24th of April in Pasila, Helsinki. The statement of the Jury was published and handed to the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council at the publishing event held 5th of May 2022.
The Citizens’ Jury followed deliberative mini-public method. In deliberative mini-public the participants familiarize themselves comprehensively with the topic under discussion for example by consulting experts and then discuss different views with people coming from different backgrounds. The principles followed in the discussions are honoring the other participants, justification and reflection of one’s own opinions and being open to the opinions of others. At the end of the discussion, the participants form a statement on the topic.