Mobility workshops provide basic information about health and prevention, analyze individual behaviour with respect to mobility and nutrition patterns and help to find creative solutions for improvement at the individual as well as at the global level.
These workshops consist of
A) Basic information about the interrelationship of health, sustainable life style and mobility.
Participants first recieve basic information comprising sustainability and health, sustainable development, basic data about greenhouse gas production from eating, living, mobility and others.
The impact of walking and cycling and eating on personal health and on global health. Most important studies about cycling and health, e.g. Cycling England Report and the Danish Studies on Cycling and Health. Cost-benefit-analysis, WHO statements on cycling like in the
London Chartre on Traffic of 1999. The
Health economic assessment tool for cycling (HEAT for Cycling) allows to calculate how many lifes are saved every year by using bikes instead of cars and how many millions of euros are saved simply by improving one's health through daily cycling.
CO2-emmissions of different means of transport and other information about mobility.
B) Using the iso-emissions cubes of the interactive educational game MOBILITY the participants analyze an average Austrian's, European's or their own mobility.
How many kms per year they do by car, plane, train, bus, bicycle or other means of transport and what's the greenhouse gas production, the effects on health and time.
Participants learn to alterate their mobility habits and patterns by including more use of bike and train or walking.
Often people are surprised how easily they can improve their own health, reduce greenhouse gas down to one fifth or less and save money at the same time.
C) in the following discussion questions of logistics, limits to cycling, weather conditions, political implications and many other aspects are discussed.
A general introduction to the "Triple Benefit Principle" is given. So participants learn how much money they can save by using bike and train instead of car. And that it makes sense to invest these savings in green and healthy technoligies or agricultural or tree projects, which can have a double and triple reducing effect on CO2 balances.
At the end a feed back questionnaire is handed out.
These workshops so far have been held in urban and rural communities, schools, universities in several European countries.
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Report on the use of MOBILITY in sustainability education in Latvian Schools: