Beckerich

World-first public ecological project calls on young people to develop initiative

The team is calling on young people to be part of developing the project from January.
The team is calling on young people to be part of developing the project from January.
Photo: CELL

An ecological project which aims to become the first public self-sufficient "earthship-inspired" building in the world is being built in Luxembourg.

The Äerdschëff project -- Luxembourgish for earthship -- is an initiative by the Centre for Ecological Learning Luxembourg (CELL) and the new building in Beckerich will act as an educational hub focused on ecology and permaculture.

The aim is to adopt an American concept, known as earthship, where an off-grid building produces and manages its own resources and is self-sufficient in water, electricity, heating and food production.

The building is being constructed on state land and the CELL is now looking for young people to help build the project as part of a year-long paid opportunity.

CELL described Beckerich as an "ecological municipality that is on its way towards energy autonomy" and said in a statement that the project includes developing two permaculture sites as well as eco-construction using mainly reclaimed or recycled material.

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The project also strives to create social relationships and serve as an educational centre for adults and children.

"The Äerdschëff creates many open spaces for each citizen to share knowledge and experience: café-restaurant, cooperative games, creative weeks, workshops, courses and seminars, concerts, screenings," the CELL website states.

"This is a place destined to document, educate and research as well as stimulate curiosity and creativity in order to develop and be able to share one’s own skills and knowledge. In and around the Äerdschëff, the energy and citizen-led transition for a resilient and regenerative future is lived and showcased."

Young people wishing to be part of building and developing the initiative can apply for the 12-month role, which starts in January next year, provided they are under 30 years of age and an EU resident.

Selected applicants will participate in running the permaculture sites, planning and participating in the construction of the earthship, assist in running CELL events and represent the project at public events.

Participants will receive around €470 a month and will live in shared private residence.

(Heledd Pritchard, heledd.pritchard@wort.lu, +352 49 93 459)

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