Iwona Abrams’ double blind-peer reviewed paper Models of Participatory Processes and the Public’s Relationship to the Environment will be presented at EIMAD ’24 – International Meeting of Research in Music, Arts and Design, convened by Escola Superior de Artes Aplicadas of Instituto Politecnico de Castelo Branco, Portugal.

With reference to fieldwork research including practical experiments in documentation and generation of environmental data, the article explores the role of individual human actions and how artists /designers can stimulate awareness at a local /grassroots level to help address and understand unpredictable and random influences that exist in our constantly changing climate and environment. The empirical methodology of the research involved designing and testing models of participatory processes relating to the ambient and ephemeral properties of ice to help the public reflect on their relationship to the environment. The paper demonstrates benefits of incorporating public collaboration and participation into ‘the Climate Change Debate’ and the value of empowering people through better connection with their environment.