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Twitter as a Tool for Citizen Education and Sustainable Cities after COVID-19

Version 1 : Received: 29 January 2021 / Approved: 29 January 2021 / Online: 29 January 2021 (17:22:57 CET)
Version 2 : Received: 5 February 2021 / Approved: 5 February 2021 / Online: 5 February 2021 (22:15:27 CET)

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Caldevilla-Domínguez, D.; Barrientos-Báez, A.; Padilla-Castillo, G. Twitter as a Tool for Citizen Education and Sustainable Cities after COVID-19. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3514. Caldevilla-Domínguez, D.; Barrientos-Báez, A.; Padilla-Castillo, G. Twitter as a Tool for Citizen Education and Sustainable Cities after COVID-19. Sustainability 2021, 13, 3514.

Journal reference: Sustainability 2021, 13, 3514
DOI: 10.3390/su13063514

Abstract

The social confinement resulting from the COVID-19 crisis temporarily reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Although experts consider that the decrease in pollution rates was not drastic, some surveys detect a growth in social concern about the climate. In this new climate-conscious environment, municipalities and local governments are promoting a new way of living and caring for cities, even before they can regain national and international freedom of movement. This work analyzes the connection between the new climate awareness arising from the COVID-19 crisis, the proposals of sustainable citizenship around the world, and its communication on Twitter to educate the new eco-conscious audience. The methodology mixes quantitative and qualitative analysis, using the Twitonomy Premium tool and the Twitter research tool, with data extracted at the end of December 2020. Among the top 10 most influential and active accounts, the results show educational institutions, local institutions, companies, neighborhood, associations, and influencers. The impossibility of living the city, has not prevented citizen education and commitment to make real change for when that city and its citizens return to normality. Although this new normality must be different: more ecological, more responsible, more sustainable and practiced from early childhood.

Subject Areas

Covid-19; Twitter; sustainable cities; sustainable citizenship; environmental awareness; responsible consumption; sustainable tourism

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Received: 5 February 2021
Commenter: Graciela Padilla-Castillo
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: We have changed the title and the topics, due to reviewers' recommendations.
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