Targeted tourism products are ideally suited for transmitting knowledge about renewable energy. As seen elsewhere, including the energy and climate projects in the Güssing and Pielachtal region, new tourism products in these model regions are not only very popular, but also make a significant contribution to environmental education. Developed at the BOKU for the benefit of school groups and adult team-building activities, the so-called “e-Cooking” group is rated as the absolute favorite of all activities aimed at promoting self-sufficiency with renewable energy sources that are offered at the EnergyCamp (www.energycamp.at).
To make renewable energy come alive, you must link it to everyday life. Solar cooking provides a simple and yet quite impressive means to access the power of the sun. As part of Central European programs in environmental education, solar cooking is a particularly apt means of conveying a tangible sense of the potential of renewable energy sources. But in developing countries, solar cookers are devices used on a daily basis that benefit their users in a number of valuable ways.
“Tourism Incentives to Promote Trust in Renewable Energy: Cooking with the Power of the Sun” is a teaching module that combines a theoretical introduction to the world of solar cooking with a practical demonstration that vividly illustrates how alternative energy sources can be utilized in daily life.
To implement the module successfully, teachers should familiarize themselves in brief with the subject of solar cooking. The enclosed booklet and the supplemental literature within were designed to provide a sufficient overview. A working knowledge of cooking, physics/technology, and “the great outdoors” is also very helpful.
The “wow factor” for students is the rediscovery of the power and potential of the sun through the everyday activity of cooking. The experience triggers the senses to take a new view of familiar concepts such as renewable energy and sustainability.
Access to the teaching module is essentially free of charge – any assembly, shipping, and supervision costs incurred must be compensated according to expenditure.