Empowering regional actors to foster the local climate debate in Poland around the “Green Vision for the Silesia Region by 2050”.
Building on the tools and solutions of the environmental NGO BoMiasto, the project plans a comprehensive programme to support and mentor selected NGOs and stakeholders in the region to establish a regional Climate Speakers Network.
Members of the project group; photo: BoMiasto
Activities include capacity building events and workshops as well as regular dialogues with the participants. Climate actions will be key topic of the activities, aiming to demonstrate possible pathways for a region’s shift to clean energy. The eight-month-long project focusses on a clean energy transition and its benefits, providing good examples to Silesia to reach a path beyond coal. Within the framework of the “Green Idea Lab” programme, actors define strategies and activities that are supported by the mentoring programme.
Furthermore, the project includes a comprehensive awareness-raising programme, which focuses on the positive consequences of a fair and equitable transition plan. This plan fosters rapid exit from coal and at the same time support communities and workers. On top, it enables the formation of a group of 30 in the Katowice Region to advance the debate on a visionary energy transition.
There will be a public film screening on climate change as well as a photo exhibition on air pollution.
Meeting of the project group; photo: BoMiasto
Fossil fuels are the main source of energy in Poland. With over twelve active coal-fired power plants, Upper Silesia is a region with extreme coal utilisation. Citizens have divided views on the use of coal, especially concerning its consequences. On the one hand, air pollution and health restrictions are criticised. But many people in the region also see the climate debate as a threat to their economic security. A successful structural change can only be achieved if the population is also convinced of climate protection measures.
Updated: June 2020
Project duration: 11/18 - 06/19
Target groups: Civil Society, NGOs, Small and medium enterprises (SME)
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The European Climate Initiative (EUKI):
This project is part of the European Climate Initiative (EUKI). EUKI is a project financing instrument by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). The EUKI competition for project ideas is implemented by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. It is the overarching goal of the EUKI to foster climate cooperation within the European Union (EU) in order to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.