Citizen Initiatives Drive Climate Action


"In 2015, Bar­celona ad­op­ted a bot­tom-up ap­proach to mit­ig­at­ing cli­mate change through its cit­izen-led ini­ti­at­ive Com­mit­ment to Cli­mate Change. The city in­vited more than 800 or­gan­iz­a­tions in­clud­ing schools, busi­nesses, and NGOs to par­ti­cip­ate in the pro­cess, res­ult­ing in the cre­ation of nine cit­izen-cent­ric pro­jects. It is the city’s goal that these ac­tions, along with city-led ini­ti­at­ives, will help Bar­celona sub­stan­tially re­duce CO2 emis­sions and in­crease the total urban green area by 1.6 km2 by 2030.

The nine cit­izen-cent­ric plans in­clude a bike-shar­ing pro­gram to en­cour­age people to cycle to work and a mo­bile ap­plic­a­tion that con­nects res­id­ents who want to swap goods and of­fer re­pairs. An­other pro­ject will em­ploy and train res­id­ents to ren­ov­ate hous­ing with pass­ive and low cost sys­tems to re­duce en­ergy con­sump­tion. All these pro­jects work in syn­ergy with Bar­celon­a’s stra­tegic meas­ures to ad­dress cli­mate change with the hope that the cit­izen driven pro­cess will en­sure the city’s long-term com­mit­ment to cli­mate ac­tion."

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