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Dear friends,

All around the world ecovillages and communities are standing up, as part of a global movement to protect what is sacred to them: family, friends and community, the biodiversity and beauty of nature, the future of generations to come. They stand for social justice, human rights and earth rights. When the Indigenous resistance against the Dakota Access pipeline was ended, one of the activists, White Eagle said: "Just because we’re being removed from that area doesn’t mean it’s over. We just have to continue to work together as a whole for this common cause, which is the protection of Mother Earth.”

She was right. The movement has sparked ever since. In Palestine, the former Muslim inhabitants want to rehabilitate a destroyed village, 30 years after having been displaced - together with Jews and Christians. In California, the water situation of Los Angeles and the preservation of nature reserves and First Nation´s reservations is bringing communities together. In Brazil, the inhabitants of a favela resist the urban plannings of building a highway; in Colombia, a peace community protecting a forest has fallen prey to paramilitary violence and drug cultivation; in Portugal, communities are protecting their coastline from offshore fracking. These are just some of many many examples.

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