According to our observations, one of the main problems among the citizens of Ględy (Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeship) is a low awareness and engagement in environmental protection initiatives, ecology, and a small number of implemented projects from that field. Each individual living in our village can submit their ideas at the public hearing of our local village government dedicated to budget, however very few people take that opportunity. Majority of the activities in our municipality relate to sports clubs, which consume around ¾ of the municipality budget dedicated for public projects. According to a 2019 survey conducted among the 70 of our village’s citizens, only 30% segregates their trash, and 65% still uses single use, plastic bags. At the same time, according to the Local Data Bank, the amount of trash produced by our municipality increased over the last 10 years from 27,1kg to 230,4kg per person.
As part of our project, we will develop citizens’ knowledge of healthy life style, ecology and conscious consumer attitude. We will organize workshops on making your own cosmetics and cleaning supplies at home to reduce packaging waste. We will teach how to make your own tote bags, vegetable bags and wax wrappers. We will organize a lecture on generating excessive trash, influence of garbage on the environment and human health, as well as alternatives for single use products – reusable bottles, biodegradable pottery, bread bags, and shopping tote bags. We will also have a workshop on “upcycling” – turning plastics and obsolete objects into usable housewares again. We will teach about healthy cooking with local ingredients and herbs, the value of seasonal products and making home preserves. To promote the healthy lifestyle, we will organize fitness classes for the youth and the adults, as well as build out the local recreational area for the children. We will also design a field game focused on ecological issues that will take place at the existing playground.