Sketch&Draw at the Erasmus+ Project Impetus at Coimbra University in Portugal

Dealing with the problems of climate change is key. To act immediately is even more important from day today. This is why we have this impetus week with international students. Because we have to learn and act to deal with the climate change problems. The things happen now. We are in this time, where great changes are needed. Otherwise, there will be no way back to a normal world.

The research set-up of the Cognitive Maps
First, a list of ten points for climate actions is discussed with the students. Here, it is shown which actions can be easily implemented and which reasons speak in favor of doing so. Likewise, the excuses are always discussed, but these are always critically analyzed: is it always so difficult to find a better solution in view of the urgency of the actions against climate change?
The cognitive maps are drawn from memory after a walk guided by a QR code. This research set-up focuses on the subjective experience of the environment. Where is it particularly hot? Where is biodiversity missing? Where is it hostile to animals? Does it have trees?
All these impressions are then shown on the map drawn from memory. It is therefore possible to read off what was perceived and how the importance of the individual experience in the environment was weighted.
In a second step, the participants are expected to suggest a few interventions. These show which zones scored particularly poorly or which interventions would be particularly effective.
It is also shown that there is room for spontaneous climate interventions.
The cognitive maps are thus a tool for gaining knowledge, but they also show that something can be done about climate change and that it is urgent to do so.

Start of the week, entering the University of Coimbra. Students from Gdansk, Rotterdam, Groningen and Coimbra.

Those two booklets contain the ten most important things one can do for the climate and research about sketching as a tool for climate adaptation measurements. And the explanation of drawing a cognitive map.
The ten things to do are
1. Avoid extensively managed green areas
2. Create bee-friendly urban wildflower meadows
3. Create clean and healthy open water reservoirs
4. Develop urban forests
5. Connect urban greenery
6. Support urban wildlife animals
7. Use renewable sources of energy
8. Limit energy usage
9. Reduce deforestation for CO₂ storage
10. Eat responsibly
First: Scan the QR-Code for your city.
Second: Follow the path that leads you along the stroll. Take your time to experience the city.

Then, at the end of the walk, sit down and draw your path from memory: a cognitive map. Draw just what sticks in your remembrance.
Leave the google map out of this task. Concentrate on what you remember from the walk. Draw as many details as possible on your individual map. 

The evaluation task

Subjective review

Give each location on your map a score between green and red that you think could be rated. This could be a stand of trees that cools down a place, open paving that lets rainwater drain off well … For this, draw a colored circle on the map, like the circles on the right from green to red.

In this first step, you set these scores for locations on your walk map where you remember that climate improvement interventions should take place. Evaluate the effectiveness of these existing interventions. Judge how you feel about the effectiveness of these interventions.

Green indicates very efficient.
Red indicates not efficient at all.

Street-level interventions

In a further step, you set pink points where you could intervene as an individual.

Some impressions of the impetus Erasmus+ study week classroom

Entering the University of Coimbra Portugal, Department of Civil Engineering.

Good vibes among teachers as well. Floris, Tanja, Rick.
Isabel de Lima, Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology, University of Coimbra in the morning at the welcome of the Sketch&Draw Workshop.
Warm-up in sketching with the method Sketch&Draw.
Installing the app for climate scan:
We all want to work on climate change questions and climate change solutions.
International exchange is the well of new solutions, this is why we mix students from all countries. So they can learn from each other and each country.

Some Cognitive Maps

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