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:
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 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.
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The Climate Media Factory (CMF) recently took part in a workshop called “Storytelling for the future”. One of the questions during a discussion was about how knowledge can be translated into action.
Recently the I-CHANGE partner Techne Consulting, with the collaboration of other partners of the consortium, finalised the report “Apportionment of carbon footprint and greenhouse gases“ as one result of the research activity Benchmarking behavioral change: apportionment of carbon and environmental footprint.
The I-CHANGE partner Techne Consulting, with the collaboration of other partners, finalised the report Apportionment of environmental footprint as part of the research on Benchmarking behavioral change: apportionment of carbon and environmental footprint.
The dashboard is designed to explain current challenges we are facing in a changing climate including hazard such as air pollution, heatwaves indoors and outdoors, flooding, landslides, and storms.
Science for transformation: I-CHANGE citizen science activities in the Seminar of Citizen Science with the Catalan Third Social Sector Platform
Between 6-8 of November, the University of Barcelona and the Barcelona Social Hub organized the first Co-organized Citizen Science Training.
Plenty of initiatives around the world aspire to contribute to social change towards more sustainable and inclusive societies. Within this global landscape, the I-CHANGE project stands out as a pivotal force driving transformative initiatives.
On October 19, 2023, our partner Techne Consulting presented the results of the “Benchmarking behavioral changes: apportionment of carbon and environmental footprint (Task 3.2)” activities of I-CHANGE project at the EXPAPER 2003 conference.
On 29th September, our partner IMATI-CNR participated to the Italian initiative SHARPER – SHAring Researchers’ Passion for Enhanced Roadmaps in the context of the European Researchers’ Night to showcase some of our project activities and results.
On September 22nd, the Danish Board of Technology was as a representative from I-CHANGE invited to speak at the symposium on citizen science in Aarhus, Denmark. Aarhus University, Central Denmark EU Office and ITK – Aarhus Municipality invited regional stakeholders to a symposium with cross-sectoral discussions of the benefits of conducting citizen science.
On the 10th of October, Gert-Jan Steeneveld from the partner Wageningen University represented I-CHANGE in the EU meeting for the 21st Week of Regions and Cities in Brussels.
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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.