The Tree Holiday – Gardens for Climate
Outcome:
civic activity
City (headquarters):
Wilkowice
Voivodeship (headquarters):
śląskie
Dates:
30-07-2022 - 30-07-2022
Status:
in progress
Project cost:
74 658 EUR
Funding:
74 658 EUR
Outreach:
local
Types of activities:
activities to activate local communities (animation), art activities, educational activities, environmental protection activities, civic participation
Target groups:
youth, minorities, local community, officials and employees of public institutions

The report of the International Panel on Climate Change suggests that the climate crisis constitutes a clear and present danger for the social and economic development of the world. According to the research conducted by the European Union, 70% of respondents from Poland believes the climate change to be a very serious problem, 71% believes preparing for the negative outcomes of the climate change could be beneficial to the citizens of the European Union. Bielsko-Biała is one of the 44 cities in Poland participating in the Urban Adaptation Plans Project. As part of the project, the city develops plans for adapting to the observable and forecasted climate changes.

In order to address some of these issues, we have prepared a project involving a creation of educational gardens in Bielsko-Biała, which would directly involve citizens of the city into actions aiming at countering the climate change and protecting the environment, as well as expand the scope of eco-education across the city. We have organized public hearing on the project with the representatives of the City Hall and owners of the suggested locations for the gardens. The first garden will be created in collaboration with the Jewish Community of Bielsko-Biała and the City Hall on the unoccupied part of the Jewish cemetery. The second garden will be created around the historic villa of the BWA Gallery, where we will be able to combine ecological education with artistic initiatives. We will conduct expert workshops for the local community, during which we will plant various plants and build animal shelters. As a summary, we will create an educational film that will promote the results of our project and good practices for the engagement of the community in the process of garden building and urban collaboration for climate adaptation and preserving of the biodiversity.

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