Be Sustainable. Start at the Library

Creating learning opportunities on sustainable living and biodiversity.

The Local Challenge

Located on the Czech-Polish border, this town of approximately 7,000 inhabitants has a diverse population, including a long-standing number of Romani and Poles, and newly located residents from Ukraine. The Broumov City Library acts as a centre for building good relationships across different cultural and language backgrounds and prides itself on helping its community to be one of the places all members of the community can enjoy. Now the library is encouraging this sense of belonging and awareness by bringing a new set of skills in sustainable living to the communities living there.  

 

The Initiative  

The library and community are devising workshops and lectures for schools and the public on how to use household waste materials; how to grow compost sustainably; and how to increase biodiversity in the surrounding area by introducing nature projects, such as installing insect houses. People from the town will have the opportunity to learn new information on sustainable living that they can then apply to their daily lives or pass on within the community.

 

What’s Next?

Having taken part in the creative sessions on sustainability issues, people then want to learn how the library can further support the growth of the local community, and promote its potential and well-being in the region. The project partners hope to create a more sustainable life in Broumov, encouraging everyone to live healthily and limiting the exodus of young people from the region to big cities.   

 

This is an ongoing Europe Challenge project that will be completed in autumn 2024. Stay tuned for more updates and contact theeuropechallenge@culturalfoundation.eu if you have any questions or want to be connected with the team behind the project.

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