Climate Star 2016

In Community for a Good Life

Village of the Future – Municipality of Alsómocsolád (Hungary; 346 inhabitants)

 

Alsómocsolád is a pretty little village with 346 inhabitants. It is the ideal place for families with children, who favour a sustainable lifestyle. This was not always the case, though. The number of inhabitants has decreased by two thirds in the past 60 years. Since the 1990s, a great deal has changed for the better. A community centre with municipal offices, post office, library, minorities office and a multi-generation residential home have been established. A waste water system was set up in 2006. The village development programme began in 2010. Sustainability and raising awareness top the agenda. The surface rainwater is now managed, waste separation and a local currency known as “Rigac” have been introduced, and a ‘Home of Virtual Natural Sciences’ and forest school opened. The village in the south-west of Hungary has also drawn on the expertise of external specialists to establish itself as a driving force in the region. Fourteen of the small region’s workshops took place here. Since 2013, 41 families have signed contracts to have their homes refurbished and 19 have taken up animal husbandry and vegetable cultivation. A solar plant has been installed on the community centre and the street lighting switched to LEDs. The inhabitants, local organisations and associations are involved in the most important issues.

 

“Local for Global” Actions for Climate Justice – Krumbach (Austria; 2,300 inhabitants)

 

What is climate justice? What has it got to do with me? And how can I contribute? The market town of Krumbach in Lower Austria provided answers to just these questions. For one whole year, local inhabitants were involved in the campaign according to the motto of “Think global, act local”. Events included a performance by a theatre group from Nairobi, the ‘Shaping globalisation’ exhibition, a book presentation and discussion with author Hans Putzer and Johann Kandler from Climate Alliance on “hunger wars”, and the puppet show ‘Climate justice and sharing’. The parishes got involved with a fair trade parish café and at Krumbach’s schools, there was fair trade orange juice for the children taking part in the ‘Gehen geht’ mobility initiative. The regional and fair trade products were delivered using e-mobil car share vehicles. A specific aid project with an orphanage in Ghana was supported, enabling consideration of the subject of climate justice in more concrete, comprehensible terms. This was also reflected in the figures: over 1,000 people, from young to old, participated in the events – an outstanding achievement given there are 2,300 inhabitants! Activities also had an impact beyond the market town’s borders and fell on fertile ground. Krumbach has been a part of the first FAIR TRADE region in Lower Austria since 2013.

 

 

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