Projektarchiv - Marktgemeinde Lassee (AT)
How to involve citizens in reducing the impact of climate change in European rural communities
The project deals with the impact of climate change in rural regions in terms of energy. The global climate crisis also has an impact on rural areas. In general, we in Europe are dependant on fossil energy sources in order to cover our needs on the energy sector. Emissions caused by the use of fossil fuel ultimately have a negative impact on our climate. Since fossil energy sources are limited, the dependency automatically effects prices and eventually our social structure. A way out could be offered in the form of energy transition, with fossil energy carriers, which are mainly imported, being replaced by energy from sun, wind, water and biomass. This not only leads to more independence, but also means increased value for our near surroundings. The main aims have to be energy-saving measures on the one side and replacement of fossil energy by renewable energy sources on the other.
This project intends to show ways of reaching these goals, by sharing experiences, observing best practice examples, creating energy concepts for communities and regions and involving the general public. Basically support and learn from each other. In developing an energy concept the needs are defined, available resources (our rural communities all have varying extensive resources) analysed as well as potential of energy saving, e.g. in public buildings. Suitable measures and a precise action plan for implementation can then be developed. The Charter enables cooperation, opens the door to sharing knowledge and deepening intercultural dialogue. Some municipalities are tackling the energy issue (e.g. Troisvierges, Kannus), others are just starting (e.g. Nagycenk, Zagare).
This project with adults of all ages and gender is closely linked to a project for young people and is intended to complement and work in tight correspondence to the youth project within the communities and during the meetings.