CLEAN Cultures


Title                          An approach for innovative Climate Learning, Evaluation and Action in Neighbourhoods – CLEAN cultures

Lead PI                      Dr Gudrun Lettmayer, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria

Partner PI                  Dr Michael Brenner-Fliesser, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria
                                   Mr Martin Beermann, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria
                                   Mrs Claudia Winkler, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria
                                   Dr Sebastian Seebauer, JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH, Austria
                                   Mrs Tiina Koljonen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Finland
                                   Dr Laura Sokka, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Finland
                                   Prof Giuseppe Carrus, University Roma Tre, Italy
                                   Dr Erica Löfström, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
                                   Prof Christian Klöckner, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Funding Agencies    FFG (Austria), AKA (Finland), MIUR (Italy), RNC (Norway)

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Abstract

The IPPC report on global warming of 1.5 degree sees bottom-up initiatives by individuals and communities as essential to increase acceptance of and engagement in climate related actions. However, conventional strategies addressing these groups often fail to provoke a change in perspectives and actions. As promising entrance point, confronting local people with perceived climate relevant threats in their direct surroundings may tackle climate related prejudices and initiate transformative learning processes.

CLEANcultures investigates, based on existing knowledge and practical experience from various disciplines, how broadening the perspective at a systemic micro-level triggers action and how this kind of transformative learning encourages political bottom-up driven decisions. At the core of our approach, we use cases in different countries and contexts to explore how, at neighborhood level, new perspectives and solutions for existing local climate-relevant problems can be developed via novel learning and exchange processes. In the design of this learning approach, we set unusual, creative thematic intervention impulses to provide neighborhoods not only with facts but to trigger their emotions and attitudes. We use local knowledge, challenge accepted norms, explore the cultural background of energy practices and stimulate the co-creation of cultures/narratives of change. This learning process at micro level allows a better understanding of small-scale societal systems dynamics, in terms of climate change awareness, empowerment and decision making in transforming processes.

We provide results at three levels: First, an effective change in perspectives and/or decision making at the specific neighborhoods’ level; second, a generic transferable methodology for stimulating such processes in other neighborhoods; third, a set of best practice recommendations for the micro- and meso-level of peopleoriented policy making to be fed into the post-COP21 knowledge.