Because we only have this one world: project for more sustainability launches

Because we only have this one world: project for more sustainability launches

The kitzinger land in figures: with 61 percent, agriculture occupies the largest share of the land area. 22 percent are used for forestry. The settlement share is 14 percent. Two percent are covered by water.

Climatically, the district is largely located in the mainfranken basin, which is why it is warmer and drier than in the wider region. As a result, the vegetation period is 240 to 250 days, compared to the usual 210 to 230 days. The landscape diversity is enormous: the district has designated 15 nature reserves and four landscape protection areas.

A small paradise

In short: a small paradise. To ensure that this remains the case, to protect the special habitats, and not least to better meet challenges such as climate change, the district office is now launching a bavaria-wide project entitled "education for sustainable development" (BNE).

"We must continue to protect the climate!"

An unwieldy term, but one that can be summed up in one simple phrase: it’s all about sustainability. And to focus even more on environmental awareness – including the realization that there is only one earth that needs to be treated with care. A first step within the ESD project was an analysis: a specialist office carried out an inventory. The costs were close to 50,000 euros, half of which was claimed.

The office contacted 24 institutions, recorded the breakdown mentioned at the beginning of this article, concerning agriculture, forests and residential areas . The "view from the pigeons" was intended to highlight strong and weak points, develop guiding principles and ultimately provide a basis for further steps.

The results of the analysis have now been presented to the environment, transport and public transport committee, which has also taken the next step: two positions will be created for a limited period of two years in order to promote and coordinate the ESD project. The county is providing a total of 200,000 euros for this purpose. The two positions will be attached to the landscape conservation association in kitzingen. "Staying on top of climate protection is the name of the game!", emphasized district administrator tamara bischof at the meeting.

New coordination center

The next step is also clear: the new child needs a home – so the next step is to set up an ESD coordination office. After that, an environmental station could be built as a further project. A starting point from which the next projects – such as environmental education for children – could be launched. Environment and education – a powerful combination. There are already over 50 environmental stations in bavaria, seven of them in lower franconia.

During the discussion in the meeting room of the district administration office, it became clear that the project was supported across party lines and was "a good impulse". At the same time, there were complaints that there were hardly any funds available for the ESD movement wanted by the state government.

Quite well positioned

All in all, the district is already in a good position in terms of sustainability, as was made clear by the analysis. The volkshochschule has long been committed to the subject. Another beacon of sustainability is the munsterschwarzach monastery, which has been treading its own path for years and has repeatedly attracted attention with surprising projects.

There are no limits to the imagination as to what is possible. Many things are conceivable in this area. The strengthening of regional products can be just as much a focus as, for example, the fight against to-go coffee cups. The gauze. Every inhabitant in the district produced 521 kilos of waste last year – which doesn’t have much to do with sustainability either.

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