Climate change and its challenges have long been incorporated into the policy-making process. Advocacy actions urge to strengthen the socio-ecological resilience through engagement with stakeholders, feedbacks recollection, and testing of solutions. Several initiatives have been born to boost cities’ actions toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. Institutional coordinated actions like transnational municipal networks (TMNs) and non-institutional, grassroots move-ments for climate action, are among them. The study focuses on four TMNs and two grassroots movements, having an impact on the European and/or worldwide contexts. They are investigated qualitatively, reflecting on the role and contribution to climate change that they provide both as stand-alone and together. The research questions focus on the instruments/elements/factors that they put in place to support the transition, the key messages, and how these are conferred to their key targets. The initiatives have been investigated in both grey and scientific literature. The main results show that grassroots movements for climate action and TMNs have the potential to better support cities in their climate transition. However, local governments are urged to take ad-vantage of both initiatives’ ability to develop networks of support, innovation and a sense of be-longing. In conclusion, the research states that the two initiatives should be effectively connected and integrated with a complementary role concerning planning actions.

Advocating Urban Transition: A Qualitative Review of Institutional and Grassroots Initiatives in Shaping Climate-Aware Cities

Boulanger, Saveria Olga Murielle;Massari, Martina
2022

Abstract

Climate change and its challenges have long been incorporated into the policy-making process. Advocacy actions urge to strengthen the socio-ecological resilience through engagement with stakeholders, feedbacks recollection, and testing of solutions. Several initiatives have been born to boost cities’ actions toward climate change mitigation and adaptation. Institutional coordinated actions like transnational municipal networks (TMNs) and non-institutional, grassroots move-ments for climate action, are among them. The study focuses on four TMNs and two grassroots movements, having an impact on the European and/or worldwide contexts. They are investigated qualitatively, reflecting on the role and contribution to climate change that they provide both as stand-alone and together. The research questions focus on the instruments/elements/factors that they put in place to support the transition, the key messages, and how these are conferred to their key targets. The initiatives have been investigated in both grey and scientific literature. The main results show that grassroots movements for climate action and TMNs have the potential to better support cities in their climate transition. However, local governments are urged to take ad-vantage of both initiatives’ ability to develop networks of support, innovation and a sense of be-longing. In conclusion, the research states that the two initiatives should be effectively connected and integrated with a complementary role concerning planning actions.
Boulanger, Saveria Olga Murielle; Massari, Martina
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