My Wels 2020: The Footprint pioneers
Climate change is a global challenge that requires solutions in all areas of society. At both the economic, political, municipal and individual level, common approaches for solving the problem must be explored, tested and implemented. A declared goal of the City of Wels was the reduction of the ecological footprint by the year 2020. The concept of the ecological footprint makes it clear that lifestyles and everyday practices have a decisive influence on the consumption of resources. Therefore, the project „My Wels 2020: The Footprint Pioneers" was launched. 40 households were accompanied in a one-year self-experiment to reduce their own ecological footprint. They looked for possibilities of sustainable life practices, exchanged ideas and communicated their experiences.The results of the project show that it is possible to significantly reduce the ecological footprint within one year without experiencing a loss of quality of life. On average the participants were able to reduce their ecological footprint by 11% within one year.After the pilot project, the challenge is to transmit the participants' experience to broad population groups. The project will continue in the form of a working group „Footprint Salon". In the course of the EU project „EYD 2015: the future we want", together with the „Footprint Salon", various measures in the area of awareness formation will be set.
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