CONSENSUS Project Animations Launched
The CONSENSUS research project on sustainable household consumption has designed a set of exciting, two-minute video animations on their research (available here). Since 2009, CONSENSUS has been conducting innovative social science research engaging over 100,000 members of the public and 100 government, private sector, and civil society stakeholders through workshops and interactive exhibits. The videos are showcased on a brand new project website – www.consensus.ie containing CONSENSUS’s latest research documents, publications and a regularly updated blog.
Key results of the project include the identification of a persistent gap between reported environmental concerns and sustainable behaviours of Irish citizens; the evaluation of educational initiatives, infrastructures, incentives and restructured working relationships to transform mobility practices; and the development of future scenarios of sustainable eating, washing and heating practices. Transition frameworks have identified steps for policy, business and civil society to build towards these future sustainable consumption scenarios.
One animation provides an overview of CONSENSUS’s research on sustainable transport, food, energy and water consumption (see here). Another animation describes CONSENSUS’s collaborative visioning process that re-imagined how we might carry out our daily washing, eating and heating practices in the future (see here). This video makes the argument for re-framing the challenge of sustainable behavior change as a challenge of innovation in people’s everyday practices, opening up a host of novel technology, educational and policy interventions. Lastly, an animated infographic completes the video set, depicting key results from CONSENSUS’s all-Ireland survey of 1,500 households on sustainable consumption (see here).
CONSENSUS is funded by STRIVE (Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for the Environment Programme 2007–2013) and administered by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The project involves researchers from Trinity College Dublin and the National University of Ireland, Galway. Please get in touch to find out more and to get involved: www.consensus.ie