Ærø Eksperimentet has been off to a great start. We've developed ærøX.dk - a local, ad-free app which enables you to share, swap, trade or give away the stuff that you might otherwise have discarded. The platformalso enables the sharing of knowledge and green projects such as community gardens or how to best sort your waste.
We've also gone into collaboration with Repair Café Danmark and launched the first repair café in Ærøskøbing. A repair café is a place where volunteers gather to help fix stuff that you might otherwise have thrown out; a defective lamp, a dress with a broken zipper, a radio that's gone quiet - you name it. The general idea is that you join the volunteer in repairing, thus making it a social learning experience.
The initiative has since spread to both Marstal and Søby here on Ærø. Our hope is that every town and village on Ærø will eventually have a repair café.
On top of tat, we recently introduced INSPIRATIONSNETVÆRKET - or "The Inspirational Network". As the name indicates, this is an informal network where people with questions, experineces, ideas or doubts regarding the green transition can come together and exchange for the greener good.
We'd like to call on everyone - both on and outside Ærø -to become part of Ærø Eksperimentet!
It doesn't matter whether you're wealthy or merely scraping by - or if you're moderately environmentally conscious or almost religiously green in the way you consume.
What's important is your awareness of our impact on the environment as consumers and your curiosity towards all the little things we can tweak and work around in our everyday lives to counteract it.
Your participation in Ærø Eksperimentet is up to you and your everyday life. Busy as a bee or plenty of free-time? Just pitch in with the time you can spare. Ærø Eksperimentet is organized in such a way that everyone can participate in whichever way they like.
The only criterion for active participation is that you're a registered citizen in Ærø Municipality. All others are welcome to subscribe to our newsletter.
YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE FROM A DISTANCE
You agree that Ærø Eksperimentet is an important and interesting project; but you don't have much time to spare - and perhaps you don't even reside on Ærø physically. But you'd still like to keep up to speed with the project.
YOUR LIFESTYLE IS PRETTY GREEN AND YOU FEEL NATURALLY INCLINED TO GO ALL IN
You're extremely engaged in being part of a green transition and you are willing to put in both the time and the effort required to fully partcipate in the project.
YOU FIND THE SUBJECT EXTREMELY IMPORTANT AND WANT TO PARTICIPATE AS MUCH AS YOUR BUSY LIFE PERMITS
You're conscious sbout the fact that something needs to be done. You feel like participating and making a change - but you can only commit to a limited number of things and you need to be able to plan around it.
YOU'RE AWARE THAT THE CLIMATE IS AT STAKE - BUT YOU HAVE DOUBTS AS TO WHETHER THERE'S ANYTHING WE CAN DO ABOUT IT
You're used to a lifestyle where the use of household chemicals is a matter of course. You're naturally sceptical towards a zeitgeist of green fads - but you have knowledge, experience and relevant insight that you want to contribute.
Contact us here, and become part of Ærø Eksperimentet!
Joining Ærø Eksperimentet is easy. It requires no prequalifications, no specialized knowledge and no deep insight into environmental matters or green transition. We only ask for whatever time and dedication you can spare.
You may register on our free platform ÆrøX and start interacting with your fellow islanders digitally - or join us every first Wednesday in the month on Ærøskøbing Library between 4 and 6 pm, and participate in our Repair Café.
Please note, that Ærø Eksperimentet's projects are summer-hibernating through July and August.
Questions? Write to us here
The project is based on kind donations from various foundations. A BIG thank you to all.
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