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GEN at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland

The voice of the Ecovillage Movement at the UN Climate Conference 2021

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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!”

GEN's schedule at COP26

  • On Friday, November 5th from 16:00 to 17:00 (UK Time /UTC), GEN will co-host with ABT Associates the interactive live event “Using Participatory Approaches to Design Robust, Community-Led Climate Action” at the Capacity Building Hub Pavilion – Blue Zone, room 9, zone D. Watch here: http://bit.ly/GENatCOP26
  • On Saturday, November 6th from 10:00 to 11:00 (UK Time /UTC), we will host a Donor-only Online Meeting with GEN’s delegation at COP26. If you want to be a part of this meeting, please support our delegation: https://ecovillage.org/get-involved/donate/cop26/
  • On Tuesday, November 9th, the Global Ecovillage Network is partnering with Gaia Education at the COP26 Gender Day for the exhibit “Women, Power and Entrepreneurship in the Climate Change Age“. The day-long exhibition is curated by Gaia Education, Artists Project Earth (APE), Global Ecovillage Network and LUSH UK – in partnership with women from the Federation of Tribal Women of Orissa, THREAD, Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development, L'Arcolaio Cooperativa Sociale, Saterê Mawê Craftswomen Association and many other communities. Know more: https://ecovillage.org/cop26/

GEN's Delegation at COP26

One of the great injustices of the climate crisis is that the people and countries who are worst affected are those who have contributed least to its causes. That includes women and girls, with girls more likely to be taken out of school, and women less able to find alternative forms of work as a result of climate impacts.

A new gender report by UNFCCC shows that 74% of speaking time in plenary at COP26 in Glasgow is taken by men. The collective goal of reducing emissions to limit temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius can only be achieved if women are part of the response. The Global Ecovillage Network is taking a female-led delegation.

These leaders will advocate on behalf of the network and be the voice of the ecovillage movement at this important international forum. For regenerative culture to thrive we need to bring it to every level of organization, from international climate talks to your own neighborhood group.

Show Anna, Taisa, and Sarah that we are behind them, supporting their good work, and please make a donation to support them! Donations will cover the expenses of travel, Covid testing, materials and displays, and staff time.

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