Eco-watchers
Outcome:
civic activity
City (headquarters):
Gorzów Wielkopolski
Voivodeship (headquarters):
lubuskie
Dates:
30-09-2023 - 30-09-2023
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
74 366 EUR
Funding:
74 366 EUR
Outreach:
regional
Types of activities:
social actions and campaigns, activities to activate local communities (animation), educational activities, environmental protection activities, advocacy activities, action for change/establishing new legal solutions, civic participation
Target groups:
activists / community leaders, children, youth, volunteers

According to the 2020 Rocznik Statystyczny Leśnictwa data, woods account for nearly half of the Lubuskie province area, and protected areas for 38%. At the same time, the data presented by the Instytut Meteorologii i Gospodarki Wodnej indicates that the Lubuskie province is one of the warmest regions of Poland. Because of the climate change the mean annual temperature continues to grow, while the mean precipitation rate continued to decline, which leads to draughts. The number of fires is higher every year, and they are often caused by human activity. Our observations show that there is no comprehensive education on wood protection in the province and at the same time we believe that youths have the highest potential to act upon it.
We will address these problems by recruiting 60 school volunteer groups from various locations in the Lubuskie province, including pupils from grades 6-8 of primary schools and secondary school students. For each group we will run a workshop whose participants will prepare a campaign of provincial reach and info materials which they will later distribute in their communes and sub-communes. Each group will prepare an initiative on woods in their school, inventing games and play activities. We will invite local authorities hoping that it can start a dialogue with them. During a subsequent workshop, young eco-activists will work on the Charter of Forest Protection Rights, namely general rules that should be followed by every person entering the woods. Furthermore, our community animators will help groups join social consultations on the shape of the commune budget for 2024. They will provide commune, district and provincial authorities with their own proposals of support and development of environmental initiatives in a given area. Finally, we will organise a symposium, inviting eco-activists, as well as local authorities, foresters, inhabitants, and the media to join.

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