Citizen Actions on Climate Change and Environment
I-CHANGE is an Innovation Action project which has started in November 2021 and is running for 3,5 years.
Our main aim is to show that behavioural change of single citizens is possible through citizen science initiatives which are using sensors and that this has an impact of their environmental footprint.
We will work with citizens in eight Living Labs, inviting them for hands-on participation in the monitoring and assessment of different types of environmental data:
Measuring carbon footprint, indoor CO2 and temperature observation for information on human health during hot summer days and for energy demands of buildings for cooling.
Co-designing urban green requalification for reducing air pollution and analysing smart mobility to foster behavioral change.
Measuring weather data to provide citizens with personalised and localised information on possible environmental risks and rules for how to face them as well as co-creating climate change adaptation plans.
Improving short-range warnings on flash floods directly to citizens’ smartphones through citizen scientist observational networks to mitigate extreme weather impacts in the neighborhood;
Analysing nature-based solutions and climate risks to identify good and bad practices regarding risks and climate change and for improving the risk awareness of the population.
Measuring atmospheric variables as well as co-designing nature-based solutions (e.g. trees and vegetation infrastructures) to reduce air quality problems and flood events.
Co-designing, implementing, and assessing novel strategies and interventions fostering behavioural change in relation to mobility-oriented lifestyles of citizens, focusing on switching to sustainable activity-travel behaviour (not only on more use of active travel modes but also on the activity formations within and outside home that help reduce overall travel, such as telework, e-shopping).
Participatory and knowledge co-creation actions to reuse, recycle and repurpose liquid and solid wastes to help reverse land degradation, produce clean water, and generate green energy with (and for) the communities.
The overall concept of I-CHANGE is based on the idea that citizens and the civil society have a central role in the definition of environmental protection and climate action and that their direct involvement is essential to drive a true shift and promotion of behavioural changes towards more sustainable patterns.
The project addresses the environment and climate challenges from two perspectives:
- Empowerment through knowledge acquired through hands-on participation in the monitoring and assessment;
- Understanding the role and the impact of individual choices (behaviour, lifestyle and consumptions) in the daily life and its consequences on the environment.
This is intended to be reached by:
- Climate change awareness: knowledge of science and the understanding of physical, socio-economic and cultural processes;
- Active participation of citizens in data collection in eight Living Labs;
- Improvement of data usability and interoperability of the data which is collected by the citizens.
Results will be translated into guidelines for local public and private decision-makers and other actors.
I-CHANGE is implemented by 16 organisations from from 12 countries (Belgium, Burkina Faso, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Ireland, Israel, Spain, Slovakia, The Netherlands and the United Kingdom), presenting a mixture of universities and research centres, small and medium enterprises, a think tank as well as an international body that bring together a critical number of leading scientific institutions in the area of climate and meteorological modelling, social and economic sciences, computer science, urban planning, impact assessment, citizen engagement, stakeholder management, ethics and responsible research and innovation as well as communication of scientific findings through continuous storytelling and serious games.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101037193.