To promote educational work in the field of renewable energies, the 190 kindergartens in the Eichstätt diocese have received the children's book "Die kleine Rennmaus und ihr Zauberhaus" (The little gerbil and his magic house). The background to the campaign is the supply of green electricity certified according to the criteria of the Green Electricity Label to the properties of the diocese in Eichstätt and the surrounding area by the Eichstätt municipal utility. For each kilowatt hour of green electricity consumed, a fixed subsidy amount is invested in new energy transition projects, such as wind or solar plants, but also e-mobility or educational initiatives. The Green Electricity Label has already enabled more than 1,300 projects to be implemented with over 55 million euros in subsidies. The utility has now used these funds to finance the 190 children's books.
"Educational work in the area of young children in the sense of sustainability, resource conservation and environmental protection is more important today than ever before in view of the increasingly apparent climate change," said Eichstätt's Lord Mayor Andreas Steppberger. "We are very pleased that the proposal by the Eichstätt municipal utility to implement this children's book project has found support from the Creation and Climate Protection Department and the Caritas Daycare Facilities Department and will be included in the educational work of kindergartens as part of the Eichstätt Diocese's Climate Campaign 2030." Steppberger said he was convinced that this would succeed in "sharpening our children's awareness of the need to protect our environment and to use energy responsibly.
As part of the implementation of its Climate Offensive 2030, the Diocese of Eichstätt has been purchasing Green Electricity Label-certified green electricity from Stadtwerke Eichstätt since 2015. With the climate offensive launched in 2013, the Diocese of Eichstätt aims to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 25 percent by 2020 and by 50 percent by 2030.
For more information see www.bistum-eichstaett.de/umwelt.