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Summer course
citiES 2030

For the second consecutive year, citiES 2030 organized a meeting with all the members of the platform, framed in the summer courses of the Menéndez Pelayo International University. Three days dedicated to reflect, learn, share and design mechanisms for the effective involvement of citizens and the private sector in the implementation of the Climate City Contracts in Spanish cities.

DAY 1: Climate Futures, Political Commitments and Citizen Involvement

Climate futures and social change

Climate change confronts us with an extreme complexity as it weaves aspects of formal sciences, social life, ethics, politics, among others. In this first session we addressed the importance of thinking about the future of the world in the face of the possibility of its disappearance. We also reflected on the role of cities and citizenship in this scenario.

Inaugural ceremony

Political representatives from the City Councils of Santander, Zaragoza, Valladolid and Valencia open the citiES 2030 summer course, together with the director of the Biodiversity Foundation, the rector of the Menéndez Pelayo International University and the coordinator of the NetZeroCities project. Throughout this session, they reinforce their commitment to the Mission and the sustainable transformation of their cities.

Diagnosis of climate action plans in the dimensions of inequality.

Climate action plans effectively address the diversity that makes up urban societies. The climate crisis not only involves environmental challenges; it also affects access to rights. The European Mission presents an opportunity to improve quality of life and reduce inequalities. In this workshop we present tools and methodologies for analyzing the impact of emission reduction levers on inequalities, with the aim of incorporating a social perspective in the design of climate action plans. Activity organized by itdUPM and Oxfam Intermón.

Citizen involvement and just transition

A workshop given by the Transversal Landscape team, which will explore strategies to achieve genuine and effective citizen participation in the achievement of the Mission. Through the "ladder of participation" approach, concrete tools and proposals that cities can implement in a practical way will be presented. The main barriers and challenges associated with participatory processes and how they are integrated into climate action plans will be presented.

DAY 2: Effective commitments and private sector financing instruments

The role of the private sector in the Mission of Cities

This session will highlight the importance of the active participation of the private sector in the decarbonization of cities. The main elements that demonstrate the need for an active involvement of the private sector in the decarbonization of cities through effective commitments to decarbonization and its financing will be presented.

How to achieve effective commitments to decarbonization by private actors?

This session highlights the importance of the effective participation of the private sector in the decarbonization of cities. It also addresses the different incentives to encourage the involvement of companies in the implementation of the Climate City Contracts.


Private Financing in the European Mission of Cities: Mechanisms, Instruments and Strategies

This session will explain how to attract private financing for the implementation of decarbonization projects in cities. It discusses the instruments that cities can use to implement their Climate City Contracts, in particular climate action plans, and will present mechanisms that motivate the participation of the private sector in the financing of decarbonization.

How to achieve effective commitments to decarbonization by private actors?

This workshop focused on the adherence of public and private sector organizations to the Climate City Contracts. With the collaboration of the Spanish Green Growth Group, NetZeroCities and EIT Climate-KIC, we worked on the development of tools to enable clear commitments from the private sector to decarbonize cities.

Private Financing in the European Mission of Cities: Mechanisms, Instruments and Strategies

In this workshop developed by NWorld, the Climate Action Plan of the Climate City Contracts was discussed in depth. A project fiche containing specific indicators and relevant financial data was developed. The fiche will serve to attract private financing to implement the cities' decarbonization roadmap.

DAY3: Multi-city program, collaboration and partnerships

Neighborhood offices

With the support of Ensanche 21, an interactive workshop was developed with the objective of exploring strategies to involve citizens in the design, implementation and activation of the Neighborhood Offices. A series of projects evaluating citizen participation in the Neighborhood Offices for energy rehabilitation were presented.

Rehabilitation financing

A workshop developed by Ensanche 21, in which different case studies were presented that allowed the analysis of multiple financing tools that allow the participation of the private sector in energy rehabilitation processes in cities.

Kirsten Dunlop and Teresa Riesgo

In this session Kirsten Dunlop highlights the efforts of Spanish cities in the fight against climate change. She highlights collaboration and collective action to address the Mission of Cities. She emphasizes the importance of establishing a roadmap for sustainable transformation, building trust in financial institutions, and the importance of working with the media. She highlights the concern for social inequalities and advocates avoiding political polarization. Finally, Teresa Riesgo stresses the importance of science, innovation and collaboration to carry out the transformation towards sustainability. She stresses the need to communicate the benefits of this transition and encourages further positive and collaborative work to address climate challenges.

Alliance for Mission

In this session, developed by the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose of the University College of London and with the participation of Mariana Mazzucato, we shared the main reflections, experiences and ideas regarding the creation and strengthening of partnerships as mechanisms to support the climate missions of European cities.

Art and new narratives

Four Seasons by Climate Data

The NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra used the power of music to let people hear the consequences of climate change. With a team of software developers and music arrangers, they adapted Vivaldi's Four Seasons to current weather conditions, using customized algorithms and 300 years of climate data to recompose the masterpiece. Four Seasons premiered to the world at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg. Soon, the voice of climate change had a reach of one billion network contacts. The score is freely available for any orchestra in the world to address the climate crisis through music and Vivaldi.

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Melting Florida, by CLEO Institute

In 2020, CLEO, in partnership with The VoLo Foundation, Union of Concerned Scientists and Zubi Advertising, launched its second statewide campaign called Melting Florida. The goal of the campaign was to continue to raise awareness among Floridians with impactful imagery and simple messages that immediately translated climate urgency. Using identifying images of Florida, they developed 3 wax sculptures that melted when temperatures exceeded 90 degrees Fahrenheit, and when the sculptures melted... the art spoke.

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Los Santos 3.0º, by GreenPeace

Greenpeace together with VMLY&R launches the game Los Santos+3ºc, an intervention of the servers of the famous game GTA, which brings the effects of the climate crisis to the largest city in the metaverse. The idea is to impact people to pressure state governments to declare climate urgency by inviting the public to sign the NGO's new petition.

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Game of Swarms, by Paula Nisihijima

Game of Swarms explores how living organisms work together without central control to adapt to changing conditions. Based on theories about self-organization and swarm intelligence, common in the collective behavior of decentralized systems, the work takes the form of an audiovisual piece and a cooperative game that guides its participants towards new forms of relationships based on cooperation rather than competition.

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In our hands, by Erste Group Bank AG

Building these models has never been so devastating. Reflecting ourselves in these scenes feels strange and close, especially if you know that this is what is really happening all over the world. With Armstrong's music in his mythical What a Wonderful world, the images are shown as an oxymoron to the sound. Only one last mock-up, as a blank canvas is presented at the end of the campaign showing that only "in our hands" is the possibility to design a better scenario.


Mission Madrid, by Madrid City Council

The Patio of La Casa Encendida in Madrid becomes a meeting point to listen to proposals that are already being developed and that help inspire change and achieve the mission: a decarbonized Madrid in 2030.

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Air quality and housing, by Address


10,000 Londoners die prematurely each year due to poor air quality. This is an invisible, ignored and, as a result, even more deadly killer. AMVBBDO and the Central Office of Stakeholder made Londoners care by linking air pollution to something they do care about: property prices. provides everyone in London with an air quality report for their address, showing the financial and health costs. Shocked homeowners could then demand action at local and national level.

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Ministry of the Future, by Kim Stanley Robinson

The Ministry of the Future narrates through fictional testimonies how climate change will affect us all. Its vision is not that of a desolate and apocalyptic world, but of a future that is already upon us... and whose challenges we may be able to overcome by the skin of our teeth.

The Ministry of the Future, created in the year 2025, aims to defend future generations of humanity and protect all living beings, present and future.

Storytelling by Bobette Buster

Today's world wants to know you and discover the real story of why you do what you do. The Mission must be told from our experience, so people are much more likely to engage and connect with you if we offer them a well-crafted story with an emotional core. Storytelling teaches us the art of telling powerful and engaging stories.

The Marshmallow Challenge, by Peter Skillman

The "marshmallow challenge" is a design exercise that highlights the importance of collaboration, trial and error, and the application of creative ideas to address challenges in designing and transforming cities. Children excel in this challenge, as opposed to adults, because of their more experimental approach and lack of power struggle.

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Climatewords, by Climatewords

This web platform aims to promote climate literacy by selecting an extensive lexicon of keywords submitted by leading experts. Through this, it aims to provide people with the tools they need to talk about climate in a simple and open way.

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From citiES 2030 we would like to thank all the cities and organizations involved in the platform and those who have been the protagonists of this space for meeting, reflection and learning.