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King’s Cross Permakultur

LAND netværket med forskellige typer af permakultur demonstrationssteder startede i 2009 i England. London city er nok ikke det mest oplagte sted til at dyrke grøntsager og frugt, men alligevel finder permakulturfolk og naturen måder at manifestere sig selv på.

Alara wholefoods LAND center

Molly er frivillig havepasser i Alara Wholefoods LAND center, som er klemt inde mellem togene til King’s Cross på den ene side og parkeringsplads og pakhuse på den anden side. Foto Cathrine Dolleris.

Op ad en træt industrialiseret gade i indre London med grimme pakhuse og tunge lastbiler fandt vi et af Englands mest urbane LAND centre. Overraskende var det at finde en permakultur dyrket have på omkring 2500 m2 i hjertet af London, i et af de mest bebyggede, industrielle områder: King’s Cross. Alex, som var LAND centerets ejer, var også den stolte ejer af et müslipakkeri, mange gange certificeret og belønnet med priser for bæredygtig og økologisk produktion.

De grønne områder omkring Alara Wholefoods var et af de første LAND centre i England og et af de mest urbane. Den grønne kile mellem jernbane og parkeringsplads, er den primære have dyrket med frugttræer og buske og mindre områder hos naboerne har også frugttræer og vin. Udsnit fra Google Maps.

Bag parkeringspladsen og arbejdsskure var nogle smalle, grønne områder på skrånende land. Et lille område med sydvendt skråning var blevet til en vinplantage med tre rækker af vin på stativer. Her var blev høstet vin de sidste 20 år, siden Alex var blevet bidt af permakulturens tanke om at udnytte selv små områder til dyrkning af fødevarer.

Bag om pakkehuset var et smalt område på 120 meter i længden og omkring 10 meter bredt. Området var klemt inde mellem en 15 meter høj afskærmning mod togene på den ene side og parkeringsplads på den anden side. Kontrasten til det industrielle landskab var stor, da der her var plantet en del Eleagnus buske af forskellige sorter, samt æble, pære, kirsebær, figen og blommer. Der var også plads til vandopsamling, kompost og bistader.

Frugttræer og buske trivedes i den smalle have. Det er kun fantasien der sætter grænser for hvordan kanterne kan udnyttes. Foto Cathrine Dolleris.

Derudover var naboens land taget i brug. En stribe mellem vej og lagerbygning, som ikke var i brug til andet, var blevet tilplantet med frugttræer.

Frugt og grønt blev passet og høstet af frivillige og nogle af de ansatte. Molly, som havde været frivillig siden årets start, viste os rundt. Det viste sig at der var 4-5 frivillige tilknyttet stedet. En af specialiteterne for stedet var ”Chateau King’s Cross champagne” fremstillet på hyldeblomster fra de kæmpestore og ældgamle hyld på grunden og i skellene til naboerne. Vi smagte selvfølgelig på herlighederne og fandt at det var en dejlig, mousserende bryg.

Frivillige Molly med et par flasker “Chateau King’s Cross” hyldeblomst champagne. Foto Cathrine Dolleris.

”Vi” var en gruppe af permakulturfolk fra hvert sit hjørne af Europa, næsten, i hvert fald fra Bulgarien, Portugal, Irland, Luxemburg, England og Danmark. Vi var mødtes for at arbejde med iACT – et internationalt Action for Community Transformation projekt, støttet af Erasmus+. En af aktiviteterne var at besøge LAND centre for inspiration og for at arbejde med videre udvikling og opsamling af erfaringer fra gode eksempler på permakultur.

En lille stribe jord hos naboen producerer æbler, pærer, figen og kirsebær. Medarbejderne høster frugten. Foto Cathrine Dolleris

Molly viser vinproduktion på en sydvendt skråning på Alara Wholefoods grund.  Varmen fra asfalten hjælper til at modne druerne. Foto: Cathrine Dolleris

Alara Wholefoods producerer især müsli og grød på en bæredygtig måde, som de har vundet adskillige priser for.

 

 

King’s Cross Coal Drops Artist district

Fra Alara wholefoods var der ikke langt til Regent’s Canal, en af de mange gamle kanaler i England, der forbinder landet på kryds og tværs og var landets vigtigste godstransportruter før lastbiler gjorde sit indtog. De gamle ”barges” eller flodbåde ligger i enkelte tilfælde tilbage som husbåde eller som her på Regent’s Canal, som en boghandel af den mest eksentriske slags.

Grøn transformation i London: Coal Drops district ligger bagom King’s Cross, som er navnet på en af de store togstationer i London. Regent’s Canal, som løber igennem området, er blevet en grøn korridor med ret høj biodiversitet i et ultra-urbant område. De gamle pakhuse, runde gastanke og beskidte åbne områder er blevet fornyet med tanke på London som en grønnere og mere bæredygtig by. Udsnit fra Google Maps.

Nyt, gammel og grønt i charmerende møde i Coal Drops området ved King’s Cross i London. Foto Cathrine Dolleris.

Men det var egentlig transformationen af dette område, vi var kommet for at bevidne. Fra at være et nedslidt og fattigt område med meget skrald i hjørnerne, var ”Coal Drops” blevet et fashionabelt kvarter med grønne korridorer, rent vand, cykel- og gangstier med flanker af højbede og masser træer. For det trænede øje kunne der hurtigt udpeges spiselige arter af både træer og urter i de mange højbede og plantekasser. Selvsåede sommerfuglebuske og hyld prydede bankerne af kanalen, som skabte en biodivers grøn og blå linje igennem storbyen. Skraldet i hjørnerne var blevet erstattet med ren og halvvild natur. Måske ikke ligefrem på basis af permakultur, men helt sikkert en fryd for sanserne og med til at bringe bedre luft, vand og jord ind i centrum af et ultra-urbant område.

På Regent’s Canal er der plads til planter og husbåde. Her er det en meget excentrisk flydende boghandel med egen strømforsyning fra vindturbine og solceller.  Foto: Cathrine Dolleris

Regent’s Canal sluse med de gamle gasbeholdere, der nu er blevet til nye boliger. Foto Cathrine Dolleris

Kanalerne i London fungerer som kiler af biodiversitet og attraktive områder at færdes. Foto Cathrine Dolleris

I højbedende dyrkes blomster for skønheden, men også mange krydderurter og frugtbuske som figen og solbær. Foto Cathrine Dolleris.

Turen til London var en del af iACT projektet – international Action for Community Transformation – og støttet af Erasmus+.

Erasmus+ kursus i Grækenland

Building Regenerative Habitats

The Southern Lights arrangerer kurset- Building Regenerative Habitats som afholdes d.6 – 20 maj, igennem Erasmus+.
 
“The Southern Lights” er et permakultur projekt i Skala, Lakonia (Grækenland).
Der er 5 pladser til medlemmer af Permakultur Danmark og der er ingen aldersgrænse for tilmelding- såsom der plejer at være med ESC ansøgninger. Så alle kan være med!
 
Kurset handler om byggeri med permakultur principper. Der vil være fokus på de tre etiker: Omsorg for mennesker, omsorg for jorden og fair fordeling af ressourcer. Det vil sige at kurset vil inkluderer flere dage med workshops omkring alt fra Tai Chi, sundt plantekost og regenerativt landbrug
 
Hvis du er interesseret i at være med, så kan du skrive en ansøgning på engelsk til ungdom@permakultur-danmark.dk. Man skal være medlem af Permakultur Danmark for at tage på den her kursus.
 
Du behøver blot at skrive, hvorfor du vil gerne deltage og hvordan vil du bruge de nye færdigheder når er du er tilbage i Danmark. Særligt – hvordan vil du bruge dine nye færdigheder til at gavne foreningen og dens medlemmer. En måde at gøre det på er at skrive en artikel til deling på vores hjemmeside – men du kan måske også tænke på andre måder?
 
Ansøgningfrist er: Den 20. Marts 2021
Pris: 70€
 
Læs mere om The Southern Lights her: 
 

ESC-Volontør i spanien

Dyrkning af grøntsager i Mas Les Vinyes, Anna Gundersen fra Danmark.

Mas Les Vinyes er et permakultur kooperativt 1 timers væk fra Barcelona. Sergi holder et diplom i permakultur og underviser folk omkring skovhaver og regenerativt landbrug. 

Mas Les Vinyes har lige en plads til en dansk unge for at hjælpe med at plante frugt trær, dyrkning af grøntsager, hjælp til at passe på dyrene og andre tinge. 

Mas Les Vinyes er et bofælleskab i et tradionelt gård i Spanien med flere end 20 hektar.  Vil du gerne være med til at lære omkring permakultur og give en hånd til at udvikle en inspirations center? 

Så kan ansøge til at arbejde som frivilligt mellem April og Oktober (7 måneder).

Se en kort video om Mas Les Vinyes her:

I gang til at udvikle en frugt plantage, november 2020. Mas Les Vinyes

Hvis du har flere spørgsmål, kan du skrive til Permakultur Danmark (post@permakultur-danmark.dk) eller til Mas Les Vinyes (incoming@scicat.org). 

Vil du gerne ansøge, så skal du udfylde formularen her:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1Th0BCQ00YBv1UWrMMcS5GmYF5vrJIBMz3AvCAs3rEDE/viewform?edit_requested=true

Læs videre om Mas Les Vinyes i den her pdf.

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Training course in leadership for sustainability

Author: Rubén Hernández Romero

Torri Superiore, a rebuilt village from the medievo era.

It has been already a month since I came back from Torri Superiore. However, it feels like it happened yesterday. The reason why I went there is because I had the chance to be involved in an Erasmus+ Training Course organized by  “Yes to Sustainability” and I wanted to learn skills and tools to better deal with challenges in my community in Ananda Gaorii.  

The Training “Young Leaders for Sustainability” took place in a restored ecovillage from thirteen century, located in the region of Ventimiglia, very close to France and the Mediterranean sea. Torri Superiore is nowadays a rural hostel and a hosting organization for courses. It is actually a beautiful piece of art composed of many stones and labyrinths with over 160 rooms.

A great place for a morning swimming.

As this was training for sustainability, for me it was very important to travel by land, as I usually do, in order to keep my footprint low. Despites all the restrictions and regulations due to Covid19, over 20 people from 10 different nationalities managed to come to the village. And the landscape was astonishing. I could not believe it!! From my terrace, there was a view of the valley, the town, olive orchards in terraces and the river. Yes, exactly, a river!! I was just arrived, met my roomie and after a few words exchanged, we looked at each other and decided to go for swimming! Man, why don´t we swim in the river? And yeah, we did so every morning until the end. Very refreshing!

Let´s come back to the topic!! I did not come just to swim. During the seven days, there were workshops, many tools presented, evening activities, walk & talks in nature, discussions with the local villagers, celebrations, lot of fun and gained new friends. Sometimes I am wondering why there are no such activities for youth happening in Denmark. One day, we will make it happen!

Lucilla facilitating a workshop.

I was particularly excited to listen to Lucilla, one of the local women that lived in the community since the very beginning. She was facilitating meetings teaching as skills on communication, leadership, conflict resolution and entrepreneurship.

The first day we set up the culture of the group and the space, took decisions together, taking in account everyone´s opinions, concerns and against. Further, we were introduced to a few tools like: Fishbowl, Deep Listening, Rank Privilege and World Café.

Social permaculture workshop

TRAINING COURSE “YOUNG LEADERS FOR SUSTAINABILITY” OCTOBER 13-20, 2020 – ECOVILLAGE ‘TORRI SUPERIORE’ IN ITALY

Author: Victoria Schou, landscape architect. Denmark

The medieval village of Torri Superiore is a small jewel of popular architecture located at the foothill of the Ligurian Alps, a few kilometres from the Mediterranean Sea and the French border, close to the coastal town of Ventimiglia. Originating in the thirteen century, the village is structured in three main bodies with more than 160 rooms, all connected by an intricate fabric of stairways.

Its complex structure has often been compared to a fortress or a labyrinth, perched on the mountainside. The village has been entirely restored and is now open to ecotourism, for courses, meetings and programs of environmental education, and offers an accommodation for stays and vacations. It is perfect for people interested in getting to know Ecovillage Life and looking for a holiday in a natural environment full of suggestions. This was the place, where the training for ‘Young Leaders for Sustainability’ took place.

 

Youth leaders

This training course was made for current and aspirant youth workers to learn tools to work with young people in ecovillages and sustainable projects. Participants from Italy, Spain, Denmark, Germany, Portugal, Slovenia, France, Finland, Sweden, Greece and the Netherlands came with the motivation to become young leaders and developing their leadership skills.

The first days we had an introduction to group facilitation and we explored ourselves in relation to the group and different leadership styles. We have been introduced to different tools to work with groups of young people, especially related to life in ecovillages. After having had these theoretical lessons we got to put our new skills into practice during sessions of groupwork, where the goal was to facilitate a workshop ourselves. The participants had many fun and interesting inputs on what to facilitate a workshop on and how to structure it. We split in five groups with , and the topics of the workshops ended up being: ‘The Jounrey from Fear to Love’, ‘Finding your Personal Gift’, ‘Shadow Work’, ‘Menstruation’ and ‘Lunch’. These topics were prepared as workshops for sharing knowledge and experience from one participant to the other. During one and a half day of groupwork, the workshops were discussed, prepared and refined, so that we were able to hold space for each other.

Tools for holding space

Sociocratic methods of decision making were used to create a safe room for everybody to be in. The first day measures for Covid19 was discussed in the group, where everyone could share their thoughts and feelings on the topic. Some of us were so touched in their heart by restrictions and the urgency, that we were crying and shouting. This is the truth we live in and we see it better to express our feelings, than to suppress.

Together we are going through the process of accept, holding space, letting everyone be heard. While we wear a mask, when we speak, sanitize our hands after touching and keep distance of each other. We are living together, sharing our inner thoughts and feelings, when there is no room for touching or embracing.

We have learned skills in communication, facilitation, leadership and entrepeneurship during this training for sustainability. Lucilla is the local Italian woman living in Torri Superiore, taking part of the training as a co-facilitator. She is experienced in facilitating meetings in a positive and efficient manner to serve the association or organization to the best.

 

Personal experience

Jasper Keus from Finland has expressed himself about what the training has helped him to understand:

“For me the experience was very eye-opening. I found people with willpower and knowledge for solutions to the world crisis and ways to make them more possible. I found hope. Now I can connect with people who I know have made an effort to understand each other and themselves. People who are capable of facing conflicts and accepting our differences. It’s making us capable to work together.

We lived together for a whole week. It was special to share our backgrounds and experiences while using the tools we were gaining from the training.

I’ve learned a lot with leading and facilitating a group and I will definitely put these things into practice. I’m willing to learn more and go deeper into the art of leadership.”

 

Conflict management and communication

One of the main components of the teaching was how to handle conflict and communicate in a group, but also with your peer people. Communication at the basis is about how we exchange information with each other. Our values and our personality are recognized through communication, which can happen through three channels: verbal, para-verbal and non-verbal. If there is a duality in any of these three, there will be a miscommunication.

When a conflict arises, it will cause an emotional reaction between the people involved in the conflict. These feelings will be disagreement and discomfort. The discontent is rooted in the fact that there are two arguments going against each other, which is what the conflict arises from. Two different expectations of what was needed and requested creates the disagreement. This situation can create discomfort and our feelings will be hurt, sad, angry or disappointed. As a facilitator it is important to be able to recognize and distinguish what disagreement evokes emotions and analyze the situation from a more objective point of view. In this way a resolution to the conflict can be found when both parts are heard and understood from the basis of this understanding.


Active learning

A big part of the learning was as Jasper expresses not only done in the formal training sessions, but also during lunch and at the jam after dinner. In this way we got to know each other and create new relations across Europe. I personally feel the courage and wonder of what we can do as a group. We have the common mindset that we want the change to happen through personal effort. If we all do a little in our place in the world, together we can change the world. I have learnt to step up in front of a crowd and tell the story I want to live.

TUNAWEZA PERMACULTURE PROJECT

A new Permaculture Project is growing up in Kisumu City in West Kenya.

By Steven Odhiambo

We are the first ones in the city to grow vegetables in containers and recycled cement bags! Our wish is to have a small piece of land, though.

Introduction

Tunaweza is a Swahili word that means “we are able or we can do it“.

We are young people from Kenya living in the city of Kisumu, and due to the experience, knowledge and the need of permaculture, we managed to come up with our own project. We realized that living in the city is not much interesting if someone does not have a good job or any sources of income. We are living in an economy that is too high to match our income. Almost 80 % of the youths and women lack jobs in Kisumu City so their only option is to live from hand to mouth.

During July 2020 we decided to start up a small scale model of a permaculture project, which we refer as city permaculture, to show how to provide simple solutions in sustainable living, better food of high nutrition value, medicinal and economic value, diet diversity, transfer of skills and knowledge, empowerment, educational and learning tools, and also reduction of land degradation.

Our mission is to work with communities and people living under poor conditions and struggle every day to feed themselves and their families. We want to give knowledge, skills, and practice in integrated sustainable agriculture through social interaction and workshops following permaculture design approach and hopefully we all succeed to build up a sustainable life.

History/ background
Before we started Tunaweza Permaculture Project, most of us were in Vijana Wetu Permaculture Project. Since we met with our Danish friends in 2011, we were so much involved in youth´s development programs such as skills and talents, businesses venture and schooling. Three years ago, we got introduced into permaculture work by Tove Bang, friend and founder of Vijana Wetu Youth Project.

Vijana Wetu Permaculture Project members
Tove Bang (Vijana Wetu founder member)

Together we learned about using ecological principles and systems thinking to improve relations between people and the planet through permaculture work and education.

Permaculture ideology caught our attention and most of us realized that it could improve our living standards in the most sustainable way and giving back to the Mother Nature.

We got deeply involved in working with the community through permaculture introduction workshops, soil erosion control and soil building workshops, doing food forest, gardening practice, building home energy conservation ovens through the help of Permaculture tutors Evans Odula and professor Omwoma from Badilisha Permaculture Project in Rusinga Kenya, home solar energy use  from Mkopa solar company, Kenya and also basket weaving.


´Introduction to permaculture´ workshop

Vijana Wetu Permaculture ground work

Vijana Wetu tree- and food forest planting day

In addition, we also identified that as we do our own natural food, we could also learn about natural medicine. We managed to visit one of the experienced experts in our region called Pastor George from REEP Kenya in the village of Kajulu in Kisumu, Kenya. We planned for many trips of learning sessions and also organized a workshop, which became so successful, besides that we also managed to send two of our youths to take a certificate course by ANAMED (Action for Natural Medicine in the tropics).

A visit to Badilisha Permaculture Project
Women engaging in basket weaving project

 

Baskets ready for selling

Through training, facilitation, demonstration gardens, role modeling, and counseling for sustainable living women and youths in rural areas of Asembo have empowered themselves by establishing their own kitchen gardens, made their own energy saving ovens/jiko, installed home solar systems, and making and selling baskets.These ventures have made trained women and youths to be self-reliant and accomplish what they could not have done if they were not involved in permaculture activities.

Tunaweza Permaculture Project – Team members

Our team members of the Tunaweza Permaculture Project are young strong youths, who can still work by their hands. They are skilled and multitalented in different areas.

Zedekiah Abeta (Zedee)

We have Zedee, who is a student in Kisumu polytechnic, studying civil engineering and he has so much knowledge and interest in medicinal plants.

He is head of medicinal plants department in Tunaweza Permaculture Project.

 

Steven Odhiambo

 

We have Steve, who is a travel agent, but now focused to develop Tunaweza Permaculture Project, and he also wants to be a permaculture PDC teacher.

He is curently Tunaweza Permaculture Project operation manager.

 

Victor Ochieng

We then have Vicky Boy, who is a bussines man, hairdresser, actor and a musician. He is incharge of the social welfare and entertainment department in the project.

 

Nancy Wereh

Lately we have Nancy Wereh, who is a business lady and would wish to be a nurse if she gets the oportunity to join a nursing school. She is the woman represantative in the project and now she has started up with her own women group for developments.

To do a difference in the city – it´s a challenge!

It´s quite different to work in the city, and one of the biggest challenges we face currently is that it´s too expensive to own or to rent a parcel of land to really build up a demonstration farm. Recently we had a tough situation to even fence a very small piece of land, which is necessary because of loose cattle and chicken. We were offered the land by the landlady to do our demonstration garden. The problem was due to the fact that there were so many complaints laid down that the land belongs to the Estate Cooperation Society. It was meant for parking, thus the authority to do so from the landlady did not matter. This really disorganized our plans, but that’s not where we opted to get stuck.

Sometimes the biggest obstacles are to take the first steps, and we know that believing in ourselves, that ´we can do it´ as our project name suggests, is our biggest motivation. One of the important things, permaculture has taught us, is to work with the little available resources, and also to find solutions out of our problems. Our simple answer has been to use our own back yard and balcony garden and still make a difference.

Focus

In Tunaweza City Permaculture Project, 1st face, we have decided to promote healthy living by designing a kitchen vegetable garden. This is going to act as a model farm for demonstration to show city dwellers to replicate the same idea.

Our main reason for this 1st face project is to:

-promote healthy eating of natural vegetables, fruits and herbs from one´s own garden. 98 % of the population living in Kisumu are either buying greens from the groceries, supermarkets or open air markets. Most of these products are chemically grown and packed thus leads to so many people eating unhealthy foods which causes health problems.

– cheap and readily available food-kitchen gardens will help city dwellers to save so much money as they get their vegetables easily from their doorstep or balconies.

– clean air circulation around city houses. Cities are full of companies generating much waste products which sometimes are burned in open air thus producing much of air pollution and CO2. This creates unhealthy air circulation in the horizon that leads to health problems, so we want to encourage the city dwellers to do more gardens, because the fact remains that the greener the surrounding the fresher the air.  

– practicing garden will also help the city dwellers to stay grounded to the nature.

– aesthetic matter- plants makes your home more green and beautiful thus makes you feel peaceful  and more relaxed.

Through research we found out that there are those vegetables that are mostly consumed among the city dwellers like kales, spinach, carrots, cucumber, pepper, chili and cabbage, and our wider plan is to grow various varieties of indigenous vegetables too that serves as food and at the same time medicinal plants.

Bellow is the category list that we want to grow:

-Bell peppers    – spinach           -onions              -turmeric      -kales    -tomatoes    -cucumber         -carrots      -chili        -potatoes       -turmeric         -rosemary      -cabbage    -ginger      -broccoli          -water melon –   rue          -thyme   -basil   -chives      -lemon grass   -passion fruit

Layout methods

Container gardening – the practice of growing plants in portable objects like carry bags and pots of different sizes to grow plants.

 

Vertical gardening – maximizing the space by growing plants upwards using support systems like walls, fences, trellis and build structures.

Four main reasons for the two layout methods

– we have limited space.

– our budget is limited, and we can´t afford the budget for much equipments.

– prevent waste, due to the fact that we live in a rented house.

– we can increase accessibility by bringing the plants off the ground for watering, manuring and even harvesting.

Steve, Zedee and Nancy at the land claimed to be a parking space


House verandah space for gardening – before starting up            Backyard

Nursery preparation


Our vegetables a few weeks after transplant


Mulching


Raised beds     

                                                                                                                                 

First harvesting stage


1st face obstacles

Doing city permaculture or urban gardens can be an amazing experience but still there are problems that as a famer you will have to tackle.

– Permits – if your garden is in the city you need permit for tilling the land, putting up a fence or just putting your plant containers in a rented space to avoid problems with the landlords or neighbors.

– Human elements – it’s a good idea to talk to your neighbors before putting up a front yard or backyard garden and don’t assume that they will always be helpful and supportive of the efforts you make .They might be the ones that will first interfere with your project as they allow kids or their animals (chicken) to run into your garden.

– Sun protection – we are so much subjected to sunscald and radiant heat due to plenty concrete floor of the verandah and the big house. When the surfaces heat of through the day then water in the containers dry up so fast thus affecting the plants.

– Contaminated soil – soil in the city is too contaminated and most of the time we have been pricked by needles and also find so much plastic waste.

– Water supply – we realized that our water bill has risen to ksh 3,500 from the normal ksh 1300, and this is too expensive and we wish to use rain water if perhaps we shall install rain water gutters and pipe to a small water tank .

1st face results

For us it is very useful to understand why food gardens succeed, and why it might fail. It means we can be more intelligent about planning and rolling out other similar projects in future.

From the little success we achieve by doing our first face, we would love to encourage people to do city permaculture and to know how to design home gardens, because we have just started to  harvest healthy fresh produce. We believe that a family of four can be fed all-year round of a piece of soil the size of a door, if done right with the right resources.

We have learned that putting a little investment in the right seeds and work process can lead to more yield that can enable us to earn some extra cash if we sell the produce hence we will have a sense of purpose and pride too.

We already started to learn much in gardening skills, composting and soil preparation, as well as the value of eating our own harvest.

In our next face we will love to incorporate much of medicinal plants and mix different varieties of vegetables, as we elaborate the steps of soil building and the use of container and vertical gardening.

 

BIODIVERSITY ACTION EUROPE (bae)

 

Have you signed the @BiodiversityBAE ? Call for Action yet❓ Then do so now and encourage policymakers to make sure we head down the right path towards a sustainable near-future ⌛️?️ and halt biodiversity loss today. ? Go to @BiodiversityBAE ‘s Bio to find the link to the website where you can sign!✍️? #NatureisBAE

CALL FOR ACTION:

Biodiversity is life; it is essential to the lives of current and future generations. BAE believes humankind can still learn to stop the over exploitation of nature which is leading to our own extinction. We greatly appreciate the EU’s launch of the EU Green Deal and the ways it is taking shape through the Biodiversity StrategyFarm 2 Fork strategyCircular Economy Action Plan, and others, but their success depends on their  implementation.

We want these well-written intentions to leave behind a truly sustainable legacy. We call for transformative change, not for economic deals. When? Right now! We invite you, the reader, to stand behind this call for action, and support our movement, to urge the EU to commit to what is long overdue: Empower people to live in harmony with nature.

Our Call for Action urges the European Union to fundamentally address the biodiversity crisis in three specific ways:  Engage with science and environmental agreements, Enforce existing laws and regulations, and Enable society to reshape its relationship with nature. 

ENGAGE

The European Union has failed to achieve significant progress towards its headline target of halting biodiversity loss and ecosystem services by 2020. The science is clear. With more than 1,000,000 species at risk of extinction, the world as we know it faces an existential threat. Yet, the solutions to reverse the biodiversity crisis are, and have been since long, right in front of us. We need to grasp this opportunity to address key sustainable pathways, to create a more compassionate and just society, as no prosperous future can be built on the crumbling foundation that is the biodiversity crisis. We believe the EU can make a lasting positive impact on you to engage with:

  • Best-available scientific and socioeconomic evidence on the urgent biodiversity crisis, its  impacts and mitigating measures;

  • Global and regional multilateral environmental agreements, their processes and their respective ambitious visions, goals and targets to redefine our relationship with nature.

ENFORCE

BAE welcomes the launch of the EU Green Deal, but we don’t want deals, we call for transformative change. We are aware that the oldest European legislation on biodiversity are fit for purpose, but only on paper. Thus, the EU needs to work together with Member States on efficient implementation and enforcement mechanisms. The European Commission also has to improve its active vigilance and monitoring of this implementation. So we, BAE, demand the EU to create a system of law enforcement and accountability. We need more efficiency. We call for:

  • More knowledge of Member States’ context and specific needs
    to improve implementation and sincere cooperation.

  • Member States to be responsible and follow through on environmental promises made.

  • The creation of an effective monitoring and sanctioning system.

ENABLE

We need a holistic change of the economic and financial systems to halt
biodiversity loss and restore ecosystems. By fully acknowledging the interconnection of human, planetary and economic health, we will experience a culturally and socially positive relation to nature. Next to biodiversity loss and the environmental crisis, we now face economic, social, and health crises. We call for:

  • The mobilization of financial and legislative resources for biodiversity, especially for civil societies and small businesses, along with the elimination of incentives for harmful practices.

  • The recognition of ecosystem services as the main driver of economic and human well-being. The current funding mechanisms do not meet the profitable, long term and self-sustaining investment potential of preserving biodiversity.

  • Capacity building and empowerment of women, youth, indigenous and local communities, the less fortunate and vulnerable in the decision-making process.

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