Across Europe, there are many initiatives on the ground contributing to a world we like, with a climate we like. They are truly inspirational and having a real impact in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It is time to reward them. 

The World You Like Challenge wants creative and innovative minds from across the EU to put their low-carbon initiatives to the test and inspire others to follow suit.

The Challenge was launched in February 2013 and the winners have just been announced! Here are two of the projects that were voted as the most creative and inspiring initiatives for a world we like!

Sown Biodiverse Pastures for climate change mitigation and soil protection”, Lisbon, Portugal.
Sown Biodiverse Pastures are promoted by Terraprima as a Biodiversity Engineering approach to climate change mitigation and soil protection. More than one thousand farmers have committed to sowing and maintaining new pastures and are paid for the resulting environmental service of soil carbon sequestration equivalent to more than 1 million tonnes of CO2. Simultaneously, they contribute to an increase in soil organic matter (estimated as, on average, a threefold increase in 10 years), making farmland more fertile and resistant to erosion. So far, 50 000 hectares have been sown, mainly in southern and central areas of Portugal with high risk of desertification. The project is supported by the Portuguese Carbon Fund.

Low energy houses for everyone”, Nowa Iwiczna, Poland.
Two recent housing developments by Dworek Polski combine the latest ecological trends with the culturally entrenched notion of a traditional house and city. All of our houses require very little energy, i.e. 20-40 kWh/m2/year, which is probably a record among commercial developments. These parameters were achieved by using unconventional methods. Dworek Polski runs its own laboratory, which works on their own methods of energy saving that differ from those commonly used in passive houses. The same, but cheaper. And faithful to old architecture and old urban planning. The goal of our research is to lower the energy consumption of our houses to “near zero” and, at the same time, keep their affordable prices.