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As global temperature rise above 1.1°C above pre-industrial levels, and previous climate commitments fell far short of what is needed to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement, leaving the world on track for a global temperature rise of at least 2.7°C this century, 25,000 delegates from 200 countries nations gather in Glasgow, Scotland, for the UN Climate Change Conference COP26. The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) joins efforts with civil society at COP26 as a part of its ongoing work to catalyze communities for a regenerative future.
Anna Kovasna, Lead Link of GEN International’s Coordination Circle said: “Local communities are demanding real change. The Global Ecovillage Network is an expression of this real change. More than 6,000 communities and ecovillages around the world – united – demanding that their voices are heard! We the people, on the ground, taking power over the future that we want to see and dedicating our lives to making that vision come true!”
This year, GEN is hosting a small – but representative – delegation with 7 community leaders from all of its 5 regions, including representatives from Brazil, Mozambique, Sweden, The Philippines, United States, Spain and the United Kingdom.
GEN’s main objectives at COP26 are to lift the voice of community-led initiatives and showcase ecovillage solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation, with examples of these are featured on GEN’s website at ecovillage.org/climate-solutions, as well as to reach out to governments, business representatives, and partners in order to scale up the work and impact of the ecovillages in the world. See Ecovillage’s Impact Assessment at ecovillage.org/impact.
“Today, GEN reaches out to over 6000 ecovillages and local communities in 114 countries, in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Europe and North America. We’re really really diverse, from indigenous communities and traditional networks of villages in India and Senegal to intentional communities in the Global North,” Ms. Kovasna said. “And what connects us is a community-led systemic perspective. We’re really really passionate about weaving together social, ecological, economic and cultural aspects of regeneration and understanding how they can strengthen each other and link as we redesign systems. We are present at the COP Conferences in order to influence decision-makers to increase support to community-led systemic responses to the Climate Emergency!”