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.

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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!

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. 

Passionate about sustainable mobility!

The research team of University of Bologna engaged over 100 students in the serious game “Mani in Mappa” to delve into the intricacies of sustainable mobility in Bologna from diverse perspectives.   

Climate Action Training Schools in Amsterdam: citizens discussed relevant topics such as heat stress, climate resilience and sustainable lifestyles

During the Climate Action Training Schools of Amsterdam Living Lab, citizens of Amsterdam discussed relevant topics such as heat stress, climate resilience and sustainable lifestyles.

Climate Action Training School in Ouagadougou: Learning Flood Risks Management in an Urban Ecosystem through a Serious Game

Climate Action Training School took place from November 22nd to 23rd, 2023, in the Conference room of the WASCAL Competence Centre, where we used to organize the LLWA workshops.

Educational Initiatives the Genoa Living Lab is empowering Climate Change Awareness

Educational Initiatives: the Genoa Living Lab is empowering Climate Change Awareness

Thanks to our expertise and the experience gained in dissemination activities within European projects, we continue to participate in events and festivals to talk about the I-CHANGE project, its progress and the results achieved.

Successful story of the Genoa Living Lab

Successful story of the Genoa Living Lab

I-CHANGE and its partners address the climate and environmental challenges from two different perspectives through a participatory approach and involving deeply citizens and stakeholders.

Urban heat island and citizen science

Urban heat island and citizen science

The role of citizenship in the issues of environmental risks and natural events is extremely essential and at the centre of European policies. I-CHANGE project bases its citizen science activities on the participatory contribution in particularly on the collection of environmental data.

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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.