In conversation with children – how can we all play a part in a better future?

On 20th May Vera Rodrigues, one of ClairCity’s modellers from the University of Aveiro, participated in an initiative organized by the municipality of Oliveira de Azeméis to bring children into the conversation about climate change, and discuss what can be done about it.

The municipality has been proactive in tackling social-ecological issues, with an Adaptation Plan for Climate Change and an Education for Sustainability strategy. Under this framework, they organize an event every year called The Week for the Changing Climate (in Portuguese “Semana pelo Clima (S)Em Alteração”), in partnership with the Department of Environment and Planning of the University of Aveiro. This event aims to raise awareness and inform young people of climate change, its consequences, and the actions we should adopt to adapt and mitigate climate change.

Due to COVID, this year they needed to adapt, with the municipality, together with the high school Escola Soares de Basto, instead opting to organise four webinar sessions. In total 9 classes of approximately 210 students attended the sessions, from years 5 and 6 (9 – 12 year olds).    

“My talk was about climate change, with a special focus on our actions to adapt and mitigate climate change,” explains Vera. “The title was inspired by our climate change infographic: A better future is possible – how will you play your part?”

“It was really interesting to notice the enthusiasm of this students! I think they are in a particular stage of their lives, where they are very curious and surprised about the situation. I had a lot of reactions about “is it still possible to control this problem”.“

During the ClairCity project Vera and her colleagues worked with a number of schools in the Aveiro Region to raise awareness of the health impacts of air pollution and climate change, and involve students, in the form of a school’s competition, in clean air and zero carbon decision making. One of the participating schools also attended these webinars, testament to the strong relationships developed throughout our engagement process.

If you are a young person or educator wishing to act on air pollution and climate change then head to our take action page.

ClairCity Webinar Series

We’ve produced a series of webinars to share our findings from the ClairCity project. We’ve got something to suit everyone, so take your pick from the programme and register through our Eventbrite pages linked below. The speakers come from across Europe, and range from scientists to members of local government. They’ll be sharing tips and resources during the webinars, helping you to learn from their experiences and to make your work more effective. We look forward to seeing you!

FOR ALL ATTENDEES: please read the following document on how to use our webinar platform Blackboard Collaborate before signing in to the webinar: Blackboard Collaborate instructions

The webinars will be turned into learning materials in July, so stay tuned on social media for when they are ready.

Engaging citizens on air quality and climate change

Webinar 1: Thursday 11th June, 11:00-12:20 CET

Do you work in the environment sector, sustainability or are a policy advisor? Do you engage members of the public on air quality or climate change? Then this webinar is for you.

Learn from the experiences of a four-year Horizon 2020 research project that sought to engage citizens from 6 cities and regions across Europe. In total, 8302 citizens from all walks of life took part in varied engagement activities. The aim was to make our cities healthier places to live by influencing decision making processes on reducing air pollution and carbon emissions.

Hear from science communicators, game developers and engagement practitioners, and engage in discussion about the types of tools that work for different audiences, from mobile games to schools activities, the challenges and rewards of working with different cultures, and the steps that can be taken to keep the momentum going during times of disruption.

Dr Margarida Sardo and Dr Laura Fogg-Rogers (UWE Bristol, UK)

Andy King (PlayWest, UK)

Eva Csobod and Péter Szuppinger (The Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe – REC, Hungary)

This event has ended. You can watch the recording here and read the FAQ of all unanswered questions here.

Citizens at the centre: adding people’s behaviour in the emissions, air quality, health modelling chain

Webinar 2: Thursday 18th June, 14:00-15:10 CET

Are you a modeller, mathematician or data scientist? Do you work in the fields of air quality, health or climate change? Then this webinar is for you.

The webinar will dive into the methodological approach for the innovative modelling in ClairCity, which aimed to include citizens behaviour in the classical modelling approach.

We didn’t just want to know the share of car emission contributing to local air quality problems – we wanted to add knowledge on who’s driving the cars and why. Understanding underlying practices allows for designing effective policy strategies and behaviour changes to improve air quality. – Kris Vanherle, TMLeuven

In this 70 minute interactive session, hear the international team of modellers highlight examples of how they dealt with this, and listen to them present key elements of the modelling on transport and residential energy use. Then gain case specific insights as they elaborate on a few key findings from the city’s that were part of the ClairCity project.

There will be several opportunities to ask questions, and you will come away with new insights and some useful resources to help support your work.

Speakers:

Kris Vanherle (TMLeuven, Belgium)

Vera Rodrigues (University of Aveiro, Portugal)

Angreine Kewo (Technical University of Denmark, DTU)

Enda Hayes (UWE Bristol, UK)

This event has ended. You can watch the recording here and read the FAQ of all unanswered questions here.

Lessons from putting citizens at the centre for air pollution and carbon reductions in cities

Webinar 3: Thursday 25th June, 15:00-16:30 CET

Are you a politician, mayor or regional representative? Do you wonder how to give a greater voice to the citizens of your city or region? Then this webinar is for you.

This session will focus on the ClairCity results of making policies together with citizens. The main policy lessons achieved across our six cities will be discussed in the context of citizen involvement. The speakers will reflect with attendees about the opportunities and costs for policymaking and policy implementation following greater citizen participation. Finally, the session will discuss what policy lessons the ClairCity method can offer to other middle-sized cities aiming at ambitious and citizen-inclusive air quality and carbon policies.

You will be joined by representatives from science, policy and local government, and we may have some special speakers to announce nearer the time.

Lucia Bernal-Saukkonen (DG Environment, European Commission)

Stephan Slingergard, Hans Bolscher and Irati Artola (Trinomics, The Netherlands)

Enda Hayes (UWE Bristol, UK)

Andrew Edwards (Bristol City Council, UK)

Svein Knudsen (NILU, Norway)

This event has ended. You can watch the recording here and read the FAQ of all unanswered questions here.

Citizens engaging policymakers on air quality and climate change

Webinar 4: Thursday 16th July, 12:00-13:00 CET

Are you a campaigner working for social & ecological justice? Do you care about your community and want to take action? Then this is for you

Climate change and air quality are social justice issues. Poor and BAME communities are disproportionately affected, with certain age groups (young and old), and those with existing health conditions (e.g. asthma) particularly vulnerable to air pollution.

Given the urgency needed to address these issues, how can we find the time to slow down and ensure our processes are inclusive? What works at engaging different communities and what lessons can we draw from campaign groups from different organisations working towards the same goals?

This webinar is a chance for you to hear from some of the most influential clean air and climate change campaigners from across Bristol, as they share their experiences from working with marginalised and at-risk communities. They will talk openly about what works and what doesn’t and you will have the chance to reflect, ask questions and forge connections. All participants will leave with a suite of tools and resources to improve their practice and ultimately the effectiveness of our collective mission to include citizens – and the natural resource base upon which we depend – in decision making.

Speakers

Sophie Laggan and Dr Laura Fogg Rogers, UWE Bristol

Zoe Banks-Gross, Playing Out

Our City Our Health, XR Bristol

This event has ended. You can watch the recording here and read the FAQ of all unanswered questions here.

Aplicação GreenAnts

Seja o primeiro a testar a nova aplicação de gestão da qualidade do ar liderada pelo cidadão

A equipa ClairCity convida todos os cidadãos a testar e a contribuir para o desenvolvimento da aplicação GreenAnts!

Alguma vez se perguntou como os seus trajetos diários afetam a qualidade do ar da sua cidade? Agora, pela primeira vez, pode responder a essa pergunta.

A GreenAnts é uma aplicação gratuita para telemóveis (Apple e Android), suportada por um sistema web, que permite que o utilizador se torne um “cidadão-cientista”, através da monitorização dos seus padrões de mobilidade. Utilizando os dados de GPS, apenas tem que permitir que a aplicação corra em background no seu telemóvel, enquanto percorre a cidade.

Recolha dados com amigos, colegas ou use-os como uma ferramenta para melhorar a saúde dos seus funcionários ou concidadãos. Quanto mais cidadãos recolherem dados, mais detalhada será a imagem que podemos construir sobre a qualidade do ar em Aveiro. Ao tornar visível o invisível, podemos começar a alterar o nosso comportamento nas nossas deslocações dia-a-dia.

Registe a sua área de recolha de dados online – https://greenant.nilu.no/  e faça o download da aplicação para os sistemas Apple ou Android.

Para obter instruções sobre como jogar consulte os nossos vídeos do YouTube (ou o folheto em anexo):

Passo 1 e 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTt0IYn3Rwk

Passo 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqsyrAsqNF4

ClairCity Skylines

It’s time to save your skyline!

ClairCity Skylines is a unique policy-making strategy game where you are the mayor, you make the rules, and only you have the power to unlock a successful clean-air future for your city.

Visit areas representing environment, economy, health, and satisfaction. Collect ideas for city policies that you think sound good, then visit city hall to turn them into law.

Policies you create will have consequences for your city and citizens, and you must unlock a clean-air future in less than fifty years. but be careful! If your city goes bankrupt, gets too polluted or if your citizens get too unwell or unhappy with their lot in life it’ll be game over!

The app is available for download for each of our five partner cities: Amsterdam, Aveiro, Bristol, Ljubljana and Sosnowiec.

By playing this game, your anonymous policy making decisions will contribute to the ClairCity.eu research project for air pollution and policymaking.  Download the app for Android or Apple now!

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GreenAnts App

Be the first to test a new, citizen-led air quality managament app!

We need your help to test out our Green Ant app and contribute to its development!

Ever wondered how our travel journeys impact your city’s air quality? Now, for the first time, you can.

Green Ant is a free app for mobiles (Apple and Android) alongside a web system that allows you to become a citizen scientist, through monitoring your own and others’ transport activities. Utilising GPS data, you simply let the app run in the background while you get around the city.

Collect data with friends, colleagues, or use as a tool to improve the health of your staff or fellow citizens. The more citizens there are collecting data, the richer the picture we can build about air quality in the city. By making visible the invisible, we can begin to make changes to how we travel.

Log your data collection area online – https://greenant.nilu.no/ and download the app for Apple or Android.

For video instructions on how to play, check out our YouTube videos (or flyer, attached):

Step 1 and 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTt0IYn3Rwk

Step 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqsyrAsqNF4

By taking part, you will be contributing to the EU’s largest citizen science research project on air pollution reduction in cities!

Your data will help you and fellow citizens to improve air quality locally

Your feedback is critical, allowing us to improve the usability of the App before its official launch.

Citizens at the Centre conference

CANCELLED: ClairCity’s final conference on citizen-led air pollution and carbon reductions

Sadly, we have decided to cancel the conference due to the COVID-19.

Written 1/03/2020: Although the Health Authorities in Belgium, the Netherlands and neighbouring countries have not yet advised against travel to the region, the number of consortium partners and external participants who have restricted travel instructions from their organisations and will not be able to attend, as well as possible restrictions on large gatherings to curb the spread of the virus, has led to us having to cancel the conference.

This is sad news for the 100+ people that we expected to gather and disappointing given the relevant findings from ClairCity that we aimed to present and discuss with you, and the hard work and enthusiasm put by the project team and speakers to make this conference happen.

That said, we are exploring potential ways to disseminate the results of ClairCity. We will soon get in touch again to invite you to a series of webinars where you will be able to see the presentations and sessions that we had prepared for the conference, as well as ask questions to our researchers and consultants.  

Cities throughout Europe are faced with the challenge of tackling local air pollution and carbon emissions. ClairCity has been working with citizens, decision-makers and cities across Europe to find out how the involvement of citizens in these decision-making processes can accelerate progress towards clean air and low carbon futures.

If you have any questions, please email Irati Artola.

ClairCity: a Horizon 2020 success story

ClairCity Sosnowiec was honoured to be featured as a Horizon 2020 success story at this years “Day with Horizon 2020” conference in Warsaw. The meeting, organized by the National Contact Point of the Horizon 2020 Program was held on October 8, 2019 at the Centre for Innovation and Technology Transfer Management at the Warsaw University of Technology.

The event, addressed to people and entities interested in receiving support from the Horizon 2020 program, was an opportunity to learn about selected examples of Polish projects implemented under the program and the possibilities of applying in the EU’s 2019-2020 call for proposals round.

An important point of the meeting was the panel “Success stories – Horizon 2020 why is it worth it?”, in which the Natalia Dziurowicz and Barbara Kosowska-Siwiec from the Sosnowiec team had the opportunity to present. During their talk, the spoke of the implementation of ClairCity in Sosnowiec and how to involve residents in developing local activities in the area of improving air quality. Natalia and Barbara also highlighted the role of the project in helping scientists collect data and in informing the city about citizen-led solutions. In their opinion, the goal and success of the project is a tailor-made strategy for the city in the area of ​​improving air quality and involvement of the local community.

The project aroused interest of the conference participants, which was expressed by the numerous questions they asked. The full report on the event can be found (in Polish) at: https://www.kpk.gov.pl/?p=50096