Inside this issue: ClairCity’s strategy for maintaining momentum for action on clean air and carbon reductions during lockdown. Read on to access ClairCity’s new graphics to help with your campaigning, and packs for community activists and educators to spread the clean air message on- and offline. In addition, find out about the projects exciting webinar series, taking place June 2020. Read the final edition here.
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)
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.
Kris Vanherle (TMLeuven, Belgium)
Vera Rodrigues (University of Aveiro, Portugal)
Angreine Kewo (Technical University of Denmark, DTU)
Enda Hayes (UWE Bristol, UK)
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)
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.
Sophie Laggan and Dr Laura Fogg Rogers, UWE Bristol
Zoe Banks-Gross, Playing Out
Our City Our Health, XR Bristol