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.

Do you know that the behavioural change of a single citizen has an impact on the environment?

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The I-CHANGE project empowers people by giving them a better understanding of their individual choices, and fosters CitizenActions for mitigation and adaptation to Climate Change.

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:

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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.

Bologna, Italy

Co-designing urban green requalification for reducing air pollution and analysing smart mobility to foster behavioral change.

Genoa, Italy

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.

Jerusalem, Israel

Improving short-range warnings on flash floods directly to citizens’ smartphones through citizen scientist observational networks to mitigate extreme weather impacts in the neighborhood;

Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Spain

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.

Dublin, Ireland

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.

Hasselt, Belgium

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).

West Africa, Burkina Faso

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 PROJECT CONCEPT

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.

Therefore, I-CHANGE aims to raise awareness on the impacts of climate change and related natural hazards to enable behavioural change.

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 through citizen tools and sensors;
  • 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.

Read the news!

Climate change affects our daily lives and various business activities

This is a message now consolidated in our knowledge. Thanks to the involvement of different stakeholder groups in the I-CHANGE project, the Living Lab of Genoa has extended its network to different targets.

I-CHANGE project use and evaluate cycling in different actions

The declaration recognizes cycling as a sustainable, accessible, and affordable means of transport, with strong added value for the EU economy.

No news at all! (But maybe some new perspectives)

During the last two years, the I-CHANGE project has produced a wide range of videos, and more is to come. We are currently planning a short documentary that will give insights into different Living Labs.

Update from the serious gaming front

In I-CHANGE, we are creating a serious board game to raise awareness on local hazards and solutions to reduce them. At the same time, the game promotes active travel modes by unraveling the impact of our emissions on the environment.  

Building bridges: Why local communication is key for Living Labs

Living Labs are hubs of innovation, bringing together researchers, citizens, businesses and policymakers to test ideas in real-world settings. But for these collaborative spaces to truly succeed, they need a strong foundation – a local communication plan. 

Using storytelling to discuss scientific results

The I-CHANGE consortium convened in Savona, Italy to discuss and plan the upcoming events in the eight living labs. A major topic was the dialogue events that will be carried out later this year.

CARBON footprint calculators session in the Hasselt Living Lab

Hasselt Living Lab has performed focus group experiments with students and citizens to understand whether the existing personalized carbon footprint calculators help induce behavioural change in a positive direction.

A first look at Extreme Events in the municipality of Castelldefels evaluated by a school student

​From August 2023 to January 2024, a High School Student from Institut Les Marines collaborated with the Barcelona Living Lab on Extreme Events. The work is focused on extreme events related to extreme temperatures, heavy rainfalls, and floods in Castelldefel. 

Climate Action Training Schools

Between March and November of last year, all of our Living Labs organised Climate Action Training Schools for members of the public. The Climate Action Training Schools included a wide range of events, such as presentations, discussions and hands on activities.

I-CHANGE Social impact assessment

To date, over 850 people have attended the Citizen Science activities promoted within the I-CHANGE project. Responses have been collected from the students and the adults to evaluate the social impacts, specifically the lifestyle changes towards sustainability, in the I-CHANGE Living Labs. 

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101037193.