According to the Municipal Revitalization Program for the Municipality of Wieniawa (Mazowieckie Voivodeship), the municipality is struggling with air pollution and improper waste management, including recycling.
We would like to address these issues by convening a Youth Council in Wieniawa that will actively engage in creating a healthier environment and designing public spaces friendly to both citizens and the local nature. Engaging the local youth in that type of activism as well as into the local government governance is – in our opinion – an important part of building a civic society. We will organize a series of workshops focused on ecology, using art in civic projects, basics of civic knowledge, and taking a stand in a public debate on issues that we care for. We will also conduct interdisciplinary classes focused on local environment, relationship between the man and nature, and climate change. These meetings will include visits from experts and eco-activists, as well as Youth City Council from Poznań. Together with the young people, we will create a new, eco- and citizen-friendly spaces around Wieniawa – a hotel for insects, a honey meadow, and an eco-mural. We will also create and mount an informational board about different animals living in close proximity to men that will become a part of an educational walkway. Finally, we will publish a guidebook entitled “A Good Neighbor” about the best practices for civic engagement in small municipalities.
The partners of the project are: The Jan Kochanowski Public Primary Schools with Sporting Sections, which will help us reach the interested youth, Municiaplity Office in Wieniawa, which will help us create the Municipality Youth Council, and the WWF Foundation, which will help us with the educational aspects of our project.