Submitted by: Verein Wiener Jugendzentren
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Eco-Knights and Climate Coolers
In the project “Eco-Knights and Climate Coolers” of the Association of Vienna’s Youth Centers and the Eco-Office have combined to offer activities and seminars to sensitize young people about energy saving in households, climate protection in the neighborhood, and sustainable ecological approaches and to bring the environment closer to them. Through growing their own vegetables and spices in gardens at the youth centers, cooking activities, excursions, and trash design workshops (which made earrings, pendants, rings, etc. from trash) integrate the topic of environment into the youth’s own environment. A cooperation between social workers and environmental experts assures the pedagogical quality and ecological sense and thereby sustainably raises the consciousness of youths. The project began in autumn of 2008 in three facilities; since 2009 projects and activities have been offered in six youth centers.