Fairtrade Weeks (05.05.21)
Dear citizens, May is the month of Fairtrade Weeks. Every year, ONG Fairtrade Lëtzebuerg calls on its partners and citizens to participate in Fairtrade Week. We, as a Fairtrade municipality, naturally take part. You too can join in.
Are you planning to renovate your house in the near future, replace your old heating system with a new one using renewable energies or buy an electric car? Then take part in the myenergy online interview.
Heads, streams and rivers (21.04.21)
Are you interested in finding out more about the state of the sources, streams, rivers, ponds, and lakes in your neighbourhood and how it compares with different regions in Europe?
Then get involved and join the WaterBlitz Luxembourg, which takes place from the 7th to the 10th of May. You will receive an easy-to-use free water test kit and be able to share your results directly via the FreshWater Watch app. All findings will be freely accessible on the FreshWater Watch website. To register, follow this link.
The more people participate, the clearer our understanding of the state of our surface water bodies in Luxembourg will be. Therefore, invite your family, friends, and colleagues and spread the news via Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter by using #WaterBlitz.
The WaterBlitz Luxembourg is organized by the University of Luxembourg in collaboration with Earthwatch and runs in parallel with three other events in London, Dublin and Paris. The first event in September 2019 was already a great success. Over 80 volunteers collected over 100 data points in around 50 surface water bodies. The WaterBlitzes are funded by the Royal Bank of Canada as part of their ongoing commitment to local water quality.
The WaterBlitz Luxembourg is part of the NEXUS CITIZEN SCIENCE project of the University of Luxembourg. The aim of the project is to collaborate with interested groups in Luxembourg and to co-design and launch Citizen Science projects. Participatory water monitoring aims to generate new knowledge for citizens, science, and policy, and foster experience-based learning from engaging with water and the environment for more sustainability in Luxembourg.
If you have any questions, please get in touch (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The WaterBlitz Team
Subsidy for e-car charging stations (14.07.2021)
In the municipal council meeting on February 5, 2021, a subsidy for private charging stations for e‑cars was voted. The aim of this grant is to support citizens in buying CO2-neutral vehicles and at the same time to solve the problem of missing charging points.
The municipal subsidy is linked to that of the government. The municipality pays 50% of the state subsidy for the installation of a private charging station. Furthermore, the subsidies can increase up to 100% of the state subsidy if the private charging station is connected to a photovoltaic system and the e-car is thus fed with solar energy.
Further information and the form for requesting municipal subsidies can be found on our website under the heading Environment / Grants and Subsidies.
Furthermore, the subsidies of "Neistart Lëtzebuerg" were extended until the end of March 2022*.
(*Subject to the completion of the legislative process)
Besides the extension of the subsidies, new subsidies for 100% electric cars have also been launched by the state. The conditions and more information can be found at cleverfueren.lu.
Change the Future - Help shape the future of our community! (07.04.2021)
The climate crisis poses challenges for all of us. The state and municipalities, but also businesses - and of course each and every one of us - can influence a lot for the better through their behaviour. This is precisely the aim of the "Change the Future" campaign designed by Climate Alliance and in which our municipality is participating:
Enjoy local food, give up standby mode, use bicycle, bus and train or become part of the energy transition. The "Change the Future" tool (in DE, FR & EN) offers groups and individuals a way to take action for a good life. With the tool we give the inhabitants of our community the opportunity to contribute to the big transformation already with small activities. Each according to his or her own way and rhythm, with many practical tips for each activity.
Within a community, mixed groups can come together - whether together with family, colleagues, neighbours or friends. Individuals can also participate, and the internet-based tool is also ideal for schools and businesses!
The more activities that are successfully carried out, the more "Changer Points" there are!
Join in and support our community in the fight against the climate crisis! All further information and registration at www.change-the-future.lu !
Natural compost - the key to pesticide-free gardens (31.03.2021)
What are pesticides and why should you avoid them?
Pesticides are primarily toxic chemicals designed to kill weeds or pests. However, more than 90% of the substance does not reach the target pest. Much of the substance enters the soil, where it mixes with groundwater. In addition, they can reach other areas by runoff or by the influence of the wind. As a result, pesticides contaminate all parts of the environment (soil, water, air). Already today they can be found in almost all surface waters and groundwater and therefore also in many food materials.
If we have a closer look at the pesticide cycle, we can say that humans are poisoning themselves. To prevent this from happening, pesticides should absolutely be avoided.
One of the keys to pesticide-free gardens is to use natural compost. If you fertilize your garden properly with organic fertilizers or compost, the plants grow stronger and are much more resistant to diseases or pests that are controlled if not with pesticides. In order to support citizens in gardening without pesticides, the municipality of Niederanven, in cooperation with the municipality of Schuttrange, provides free compost next to the recycling center at Jacques Lamort Street all year round. You can come and pack it up and use it for your private garden.
Cigarette butts - small filter, huge pollution (24.03.2021)
Every year, 4.5 billion (4,500,000,000,000!) cigarette butts are thrown away around the world. The cigarette butt is the waste that has the greatest impact on the environment. They are usually thrown freely in the environment, on the street or in the road runoffs of the streets. Contrary to current assumptions, the wastewater from the street ravine does not flow into the water treatment plant, but goes directly into our waters. This little cigarette butt causes enormous negative charges on the environment.
Unlike the front part of the cigarette, which is made of paper and tobacco and dissolves into smoke and ash when consumed, the filter is made of cellulose acetate. Cellulose acetate is a difficult plastic to break down. Cellulose acetate decomposes in fresh water after 15 years, in salt water it can even take up to 400 years. Then, cigarette filters disintegrate into microplastics, putting more and more strain on the oceans and waters.
Although the cellulose acetate cigarette filter has a very high impact on the environment, it is only the second environmental impact of a butt. The filter in the butt filters the pollutants from the cigarette so that they do not reach the human body. A cigarette contains up to 4000 harmful substances, most of which are present in the filter after smoking. If the filter comes in contact with water, all these toxic substances are released by washing, which means that a cigarette butt can contaminate between 40 and 60 liters of water.
This means that 4.7 times the volume of water of the Lake Constance is polluted each year by discarded cigarette butts.