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Degrees of Connection: Communities respond to Climate Change
Following the release of the most recent  International Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) report in October, GEN agrees with leading chemist Mario Molino that we must "muster an unprecedented level of cooperation" to prevent the most serious potential consequences of rising average global temperatures.  There is no time to waste as we transform our human story, beginning with ourselves and our communities. After all, communities are living a regenerative future today, striving towards greater togetherness and revitalising relationships with the planet today. 
Projects and Solutions for Regenerative Futures
GEN communities are pioneering ways to live into the dimensions of ecological, social, cultural and economic sustainability through whole systems design.  In living laboratories of climate resilience, ecovillages are also pioneering solutions in all dimensions of sustainability that can be shared and easily replicated around the world.  

 2018 Hildur Jackson Award Extraordinary Project winner Nashira Ecovillage, in Colombia, offers the example of a matriarchal community where almost 90 people have created a community based on solidarity, mutual support and care for the natural environment.  They are opening their community to visitors to demonstrate organic gardening, traditional cooking, and collective decision making processes and also generate sustainable income.


Similarly, Kibbutz Lotan in Israel is empowering individuals to engage in action towards environmental sustainability through training in their Center for Creative Ecology, instilling a sense of wonder for nature and building collective resilience. In Hertha Levefællesskab, Denmark, social ecology and  integration are explored to ensure that those with special needs can become fully integrated into community.  Note that all of these examples are focused on whole systems design for community resilience, rather than simply living off grid or focusing on a single aspect of sustainability.

You can also visit our dedicated solutions page highlighting Climate Change solutions shared by the ecovillage movement. Examples include Sandele Eco-Retreat and Learning Centre in The Gambia's efforts to address housing needs without contributing to deforestation or highly polluting cement manufacture, using construction methods with low embodied energy and a small ecological footprint. Another solution that can be applied by anyone in their backyard, urban garden or farm, is Biochar. The BioChar Revolution based in Australia teaches the constituents of biochar and how it restores the soil to its natural biological role. Another example in Slovakia is a local association of villages that came together to democratically manage water resources as an alternative to a dam being built. The “Blue Alternative” provided the same amount of drinking water for approximately 20% of the cost of the proposed dam, while minimising any destructive impacts.

Click on the button below to find other inspiring examples of community solutions to climate change!
More Community Responses to Climate Change
GEN Scottish Charity Award

We are grateful to be a recipient of the Corra Foundation's support under the Climate Justice Innovation Fund, which empowers communities to respond to a changing environment. The award recipients were announced last month, supporting projects in Zambia and Malawi.

Announcing the funding, Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said: “We have a moral responsibility to do what we can to tackle the effects of climate change, particularly as they will be felt most strongly by those vulnerable communities who have done the least to cause it."

GEN's award is for our Green Economy and Social Enterprise for Climate Resilient Communities project. This project empowers smallholders to sustainably diversify their income streams into essential oils and associated social enterprise activities, whilst increasing environmental husbandry and resilience to climate change. We will share more about the project as it develops.

We are honoured to join another five projects who also received the award: Solar Ovens for Co-operative Economic Growth, Maximising Artesian Systems for Sustainable Agriculture in Malawi, Community-Led Action for Sustainable Energy in Schools and  Community Action for Climate Change, Innovating Water Stewardship for Smallholder Resilience in Malawi.

 

Communities respond to Climate Crisis
GENOA EmerGENcies is a regional network of ecovillage led or inspired projects and initiatives in the Oceania and Asia region. Rising climate change, conflict, and displacement issues in the region serve as an opportunity to design and create new systems that bring hope and regeneration in times of emergencies and crises. Members of our GENOA emerGENcies team seek your support for 3 active projects needing your assistance at this most vulnerable time for displaced people and refugees:

In Indonesia, an earthquake and tsunami late in September devastated parts of the island of Sulawesi.  Many were killed and nowclose to 17,000 people who survived are still living in precarious conditions spread over in 24 evacuation points. The IDEP Foundation, an organization in Indonesia known to GENOA responding to natural disasters and building community disaster preparedness and resilience, is calling for donations for assistance for the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia. Your support would be very helpful. Please donate to this following link: fundrazr.com/SulawesiTsunami

Image may contain: one or more people, sky, outdoor and natureIn the Philippines, Super Typhoon Mangkhut hit the northern Philippines and affected thousands of villagers and farmers in mid September. More than 100 are dead and missing and 1.6 million people have reportedly been affected, with more than 128,000 people displaced according to the UN. A few days after the Typhoon made landfall, nonstop rains caused a huge landslide in central Philippines that displaced over 7,000 people. Green Releaf, a permaculture partner in the GENOA network, is responding to the crisis on the ground. "Living Food Releaf" is working with local organic farmers and seed libraries to source packs of greens, activating local regenerative economies in emergencies. To support, please donate via www.greenreleaf.org/support

Myanmar refugees in Bangladesh. Hossain holds Yasminara, his 1 ½-year old daughter, in a Bangladesh refugee camp. “When it rains we all get wet,” he says. (©2018 World Vision/photo by Shabir Hussain)Finally, in Bangladesh, nearly 1.3 million Rohingya refugees are living in  various precarious conditions to escape persecution by neighboring Myanmar's security forces.The vast majority of the latest arrivals (700,000 people) are located in the densely-populated Kutupalong-Balukhali Complex. It was built quickly and haphazardly on a hilly jungle. This mega camp is severely overcrowded. The average usable space per person is 10.7 square meters per person. Many have arrived injured and deeply traumatized by their experiences, with just the clothes on their backs.Since Aug. 25, 2017, about 700,000 people from Myanmar have fled to Bangladesh because of extreme violence in northern Rakhine state. Most of the Myanmar refugees identify as Rohingya, a Muslim minority ethnic group in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. Learn more about the Myanmar refugee crisis in Bangladesh. GENOA member Bangladesh Association for Sustainable Development (BASD) is implementing activities for Rohingya Refugees and other vulnerable communities in the country for their immediate safety, happiness and hope for the future. Support BASD provide healthy food supplies, clean water, hygiene needs, medicines and shelter kits to create shade in summer season, teach permaculture design for cultivation of fresh vegetables and fruits, rearing chickens and birds, and landslide prevention training. To support, please donate via www.basd-bd.org
GEN Education and Events

The GEN Training of Trainers is a wonderful opportunity for you to increase your confidence as a changemaker, and to strengthen your capacity to teach, facilitate and train people using GEN’s unique tools and ecovillage based pedagogy.
 
Being a GEN Trainer means you gain the opportunity to run certified GEN trainings and make your work part of the Global Ecovillage Learning Journey. Do you have interesting ecovillage projects that you're involved in or are you involved in national or even international projects or networks where you want to serve?


Find out more about what it means to be a GEN Trainer here, or sign up for the GEN ToT here. If you can't make this one, find more upcoming GEN ToTs  here.

 

GEN Africa Regional Conference
17 - 21 November, 2018. Hwange National Park, Harare.
The GEN Training of Trainers is being held in conjunction with the 2018 GEN Africa conference.  The conference will provide a forum for GEN leaders and stakeholders to meet, engage and share best practices across African nations with active Ecovillage programmes; and collaborate on regional and global partnerships for solutions for GEN Africa as a whole. This year’s conference is a partnership between GEN, GEN Africa and SCOPE Zimbabwe. Registration is already closed for the conference itself but please check out the highlights from the 2017 conference to find out more about what makes the GEN Africa conference so special!
GEN Certified Training opportunities

Awakening Leadership Training

The Awakening Leadership Training is a modular training built around exploring many of aspects of the dimensions of sustainability over the course of many months at Wongsanit Ashram in Thailand.  Watch the video below and feel welcome to join an upcoming module of this year's training. Full schedule at http://www.awakeningleadership.net/
Here is a profile of a local ecovillage visited by participants on last year's Awakening Leadership Training.

Friends of GEN

 Would you like to support the ecovillage movement while receiving benefits like discounts on educational materials and one-on-one consulting?  You are warmly welcome to join our Friends of GEN programme! Click on the photo to learn more.






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