“Overcome the crisis” – this was the motto of this year’s Smart Metropolis congress. For the 10th time, the Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area – LOCALISED partner – organized a conference devoted to the cooperation of cities, villages and metropolises. About the biggest challenges faced by local governments in the face of the energy and climate crisis local government officials, experts, social activists and scientists talked for two days.
How to create a friendly, healthy city that takes into account the needs of all residents, but also responds to climate change and develops in a sustainable way? How to educate about threats to activate young people and not cause depression? We discussed all this during the Smart Metropolis 2022 congress.
“The world is on the brink” – began the journalist and blogger Paulina Górska. – “There are various scenarios, but we must act radically to save our planet. In Poland, the temperature rises by 0.2-0.3 degrees every 10 years, which applies to each of us. To stop climate change, we must start with ourselves. But it is necessary to involve local governments” – emphasized Paulina Górska.
And here a good example is Potęgowo. The commune uses its resources in a sustainable way and promotes low-emission activities. “The heating network built by the commune has significantly reduced the emission of pollutants into the atmosphere” emphasizes the mayor Dawid Litwin.
In addition, photovoltaic panels were installed in the commune on public utility buildings, which, in addition to economic benefits for the local government, increase the use of energy from renewable sources, which has an impact on increasing energy security, improving the energy balance and reducing the burden on the environment.
The accompanying event of this year’s Smart Metropolis was the workshop entitled Climate mosaic. This is an educational game that helps to understand how the world is changing as a result of climate change and what the consequences will be.