Do-it-yourself (DIY) adaptation: Civic initiatives as drivers to address climate change at the urban scale

Do-it-yourself (DIY) adaptation: Civic initiatives as drivers to address climate change at the urban scale

Par Geneviève Cloutier, Marielle Papin (doctorante) et Christian Bizier

Greening projects lead by civic actors at the urban scale spur transformation through example and through gradual adjustment of processes. Questions remain on how such projects are put into action and on what make them work. How do civic experiments reflect the ongoing change in urban governance and practices? We focus on a qualitative study of two greening initiatives lead by civic groups in Quebec City (Quebec, Canada). The case studies are analysed through the lens of theories that approach civic action and climate experiments as new modes of urban governance. We conclude that civil society groups have the capacity to intervene directly on the urban environment in order to enhance its quality. Findings reveal that informal greening initiatives contribute to a civic narrative in favour of adaptation to climate change at the local scale.

Article complet, Cities, Avril 2018