Submitted by: Energieagentur Weststeiermark
Implemented country: Austria
Title: Gosdorf climate protection garden
In the realm of the job program Prospects (Ausblicke), since 2005 twelve long-time unemployed women and men have been cultivating a special garden in a corn field in Golsdorf/Misselsdorf (Austria). The goal is consciousness building. The 1.7 hectare field informs visitors about climate change, photosynthesis, solar energy, biomass, energy saving in general, ecological interconnections and nature conservation. Likewise in managing the garden, particular emphasis is placed on energy efficiency. The climate protection garden lets children and adults experience that nothing in nature is without value. There are no useless weeds and – as a metaphor – there are no useless people.