Bottom-up climate actions − urgent need or utopian structure

September 4, 2020 8:30 - 10:00

Location: Room 28H

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The climate crisis is escalating rapidly. Exactly a year ahead to the ESOF 2020, we can’t predict its outcomes and consequences even for such a short period. What we can expect, therefore, from the years and decades to come? It is now globally agreed through SDG agenda that our responses to climate change must be speeded up. Changes in personal behaviors are admirable, but too slow. The situation now demands urgent, mostly technological and top-down changes too. This is where science can take a lead in opening up for citizens’ needs, and educating them but also in looking for innovative pathways to solve the most pressing social problems. One possible solution would be to develop co-created, locally focused and globally empowered climate actions targeting exact citizens’ needs. Tailor-made adaptation and mitigation actions have their multi-faceted benefits and constraints: they are prepared for a local ecology but could they be applicable for any other or even more territories?; data collection and scientific research are long and demanding processes, while by-climate induced effects are exploding instantly and without prior notice; can we be assured even for mid-term periods? Some of the possibilities and approaches will be presented through this session offering insight to several initiatives currently taking place throughout the continent. The main focus will be given to the H2020 project TeRRIFICA, which is developing and fostering innovative climate actions taking into account RRI policy, UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, co-creation practice and eight diverse partners in six countries throughout Europe. The goal of this session would be to showcase TeRRIFICA’s unique approach, present insights into six (in)dependent pilot regions (including one covering large territory of the South-East Europe, which is in focus of the ESOF 2020) and inspire and encourage external parties to join the initiative or apply its know-how to their local settings and environments."

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