Felixstowe's Citizen Science Group (FCSG) contribute data to support a local climate justice strategy
On 2 July 2022, Felixstowe's Community Nature Reserve (FCNR) organised the first climate justice march in the local area. They aimed to promote six climate justice solutions:
Since the march, further Climate Justice solutions have been added to this list. They include the encouragement to support Fairtrade products (and the Felixstowe Fairtrade Forum) and advocating for car sharing and using Electric or Hybrid cars for domestic use.
A short film summarising the first six climate justice solutions.
One of the initial solutions was to recommend installing PV panels. To support this, FCSG supplied data from a network of nine sets of PV panels that were installed in the Felixstowe area in July 2011. As a result, FCSG was able to supply convincing real-time data collected through Bluetooth Sunny Beam wireless recorders.
The data showed that each panel had saved almost 68,000 lb (30.8 tonnes) of CO2 since being installed (as of 14 October 2022). It also showed that the average total revenue for each PV panel since 2011 was almost £19,000, demonstrating that they hold considerable environmental and financial incentives.
In November 2022, Felixstowe's citizen scientists published a forecast of how financial income from local PV panels might grow over the next five years. The forecast reinforced the role PV panels can play in a climate justice strategy.
The second stage of FCNR's climate justice work includes advocating for electric and hybrid cars for domestic use. For this case study, FCSG chose a vehicle to analyse in detail: the Hyundai Tuscon 1.6 TGDi Hybrid 230. They found that it can achieve 59 mpg (i.e. 20.88 km/l) and reach 65 mph (106.6 km/h) while running purely on the electric part of the hybrid engine. Felixstowe's citizen scientists continue to collect data to support the hybrid technology's role in local climate justice strategy.
Another case study will set out to provide data to support the use of smart meters. FCSG have chosen the EOn smart meter for its clarity of data and ease of reading. However, data collection is still in the early stages and continues at the time of writing.
These are just some ideas of how locally based citizen scientists can play a meaningful role in developing climate justice strategies and solutions, with opportunities for data collection, analysis and visualisation. These examples should inspire other citizen scientist groups to get involved with developing climate justice strategies in their local communities.
Information on the work of Felixstowe's Citizen Science Group may be found on their Facebook page.
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