The overall aim of the project was to sensitise female migrants to climate protection. The project realisation was done by Peregrina, an organisation assisting female migrants in integration by several ways: legal advice, social affairs and verbal skills.
Throughout the project lifetime (July – December 2014) 14 workshops were held, in which 154 female migrants of many different countries and with diverse mother tongues (29 different mother tongues!) experienced in practical examples how to integrate climate protection measures into their everyday life. The practical examples were taken out of all kinds of daily situations such as cooking, shopping, mobility, etc. Each workshop was attended by 7 to 25 participants, aging from 18 to 68 years. Focus of the workshops were „energy saving” and „conscious consumption“, which seemed to be also the most relevant themes for most of the participants according to the evaluation done at the very end of the workshops.
The underlying thought – climate protection measures can help to save money through conscious consumption – can easily be realised and is important given that most of the female migrants are in a social-economically disadvantaged situation. Lack of information is thus leading to a lose-lose situation, where environmentally “negative” behaviour is more costly than environmentally friendly behaviour (win-win situation).
For this reason the focus in the workshops was on practical measures that can easily be copied and integrated into everybody’s daily life. A second, very important objective of the workshops was the strengthening of the participation in society of female migrants.
With regard to the comprehension much attention was given to the language skills of the migrants: easy to understand language (short sentences, etc.), support of the teaching and learning content by pictures, films, group games and assistance in the participants’ own mother tongues (five different languages were offered – Arabic, Armenian, French, English and Turkish), specially designed workshops and inclusion of cultural skills of the participants. Participants were invited to bring examples of “sustainability in practice” in their home countries to achieve group learning effects.
To maximise the value of the workshops participants were also encouraged to spread the knowledge gained in their families and private networks to utilise multiplication effects. Through this multiplication effect about other 300 migrants were reached.
|Award category:||the public sector as partner for a better society - european, national and regional level|
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|Keywords:||Female migrants, climate change, quality of life, consumption patterns, energy saving|
|Short English description:||The overall aim of the project was to sensitise female migrants to climate protection. The project realisation was done by Peregrina, an organisation assisting female migrants in integration by several ways: legal advice, social affairs and verbal skills.|
|Organisation:||Austrian Federal Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management|
|Level of government:||national level|
|Size of organisation:||>100|
|Number of people involved:||1-5|
|EU membership:||EU member|