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!

Successful Citizen Science Campaign in Malgrat de Mar: Study on the Urban Heat Island Effect

The second weekend of May, 15 citizens of Malgrat de Mar participated in a citizen science campaign to study the Urban Heat Island (UHI) effect, organized in collaboration with the I-CHANGE Barcelona Living Lab on Extreme Events.

Climate Change and adaptation of Forest Management

On May 17, Dr. María Carmen Llasat, head of the I-CHANGE Barcelona Living Lab on Extreme Events (BLLEE), gave a training workshop on climate change. This workshop was part of the “Climate Change and adaptation of Forest Managment” course.

The I-CHANGE GDSO Success Story in the Genoa Living Lab

The I-CHANGE activity related to the use of MeteoTrackers in the Genoa Living Lab has recently been highlighted as one of the success stories of projects funded by the Horizon 2020 Green Deal Call.

From Industry to Everyday Life: A Workshop on Sustainable Transportation

International Master student in Transportation Sciences (Hasselt University, Belgium) Sophie Alkema recently hosted a workshop on sustainable transportation for 5th and 6th year secondary school students at Campus Hast. 

New release of Environmental Impact Hub (EIH)

The EIH is a data infrastructure that is being developed within the framework of I-CHANGE to enable easy, user-friendly access to the project’s data and analysis output. Moreover it allows for a feedback loop of the citizens to the project, thus supporting citizen science and engagement.  

I-CHANGE Day: Temperature and water resources and climate change in the neighbourhood

The eight I-CHANGE Living Labs will organise a data collection activity for citizens for understanding how extreme events affect different spaces in the Living Labs neighborhoods.

A news study from the I-CHANGE team of the Atmospheric Physics Group – University of Bologna

The Atmospheric Physics Group of the University of Bologna has published a new study on the effects of heat island mitigation and urban pollution using Blue Nature-Based Solutions (NBS).  

Game-Changing Cities: Toward Sustainable Transportation with Citizen Science in Bologna’s Living Lab

On April 15, 2024, I-CHANGE researchers from the Sociology Department at the University of Bologna presented preliminary findings from their ongoing research within the project at the EGU24.  

Climate Action Training School in Bologna Drives Environmental Consciousness

On 28 March 2024, the I-CHANGE Living Lab of Bologna deployed the first Climate Action Training School of 2024 in collaboration with Legambiente. Lectures and open discussion were given by our experts covering the topic of climate change and health. 

Monitoring of air pollution spatial variability at different locations in Bologna

In the period between the 16 and the 23 April, 2024, the Bologna Living Lab has organized a series of citizen science activities to monitor the spatial variability of air pollution at different locations in Bologna.

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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.