Imagining Our Climate Futures in Barcelona

octobre 14, 2022

The International Summer School “Climate Futures” was held in Barcelona from 28th to 30th September. 30 students from Belarus, Balkan countries, Germany, Poland and Spain gathered at Palau Macaya and discussed the EU climate agenda by 2030. The Summer School was organized by the EU funded project TeRRIFICA (Territorial Responsible Research and Innovation Fostering Innovative Climate Action) and was a part of the European Sustainable Development Week 2022.

During the first day participants had a chance to get to know each other and discuss with experts about climate change adaptation and mitigation measures, and about the development of citizen science projects. They also got to learn from different case-studies from the Climate-ADAPT project and prepare presentations in groups. During one of the introductory keynotes, the TeRRIFICA partners presented the activities and the work they have conducted in the different Pilot Regions. The day ended with a walking tour with Elena Lacort, from Climate Emergency and Environmental Education Service of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. The group visited two designated climate shelters from the city of Barcelona, Ateneu el Poblet and the Sagrada Familia gardens, and discovered the actions that the Barcelona Metropolitan Area is implementing for climate adaptation and mitigation.

During the 2nd day students were divided into groups according to their personal interest: gender studies, urban planning, circular economy and citizen participation. For this activity, we had four experts joining: dr. Hyerim Yoon and dr. Sergi Nuss, from University of Girona, dr. Tomasz Herodowicz, from Adam Mickiewicz University (Poznan), and Norbert Steinhaus, the TeRRIFICA project coordinator. After a short presentation, participants went on tours with the experts to explore how those topics are actually represented in an urban space such as Barcelona. Having that valuable information in mind, they went on to put together the main ideas of each topic and to get started with the « Future workshop ». 

Future workshops consisted of different phrases: critical analysis phase, visionary phase and implementation phrase. As a part of the activity the students had to develop an action plan and manage to present it in a creative format of their choice. As a result, each group presented their climate visions through performances, TV shows, and videos that helped all the participants and experts collaborating in the Summer School imagine the paths people can follow to achieve a brighter future. 

The impact of the International Summer School will be presented during the Final Conference: TeRRIFICA & RRI2SCALE in Belgrade on the 23rd of November 2022.

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