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Become an EVS in Spain

If you are a member of Permakultur Danmark, are between 18 and 30 years old and  interested in becoming a volunteer for 9-12 months from next autumn through the European Volunteer Service, this 200ha-ecovillage could be a good option.

 

Los Portales is an intentional community that practices innovative ways of life in different areas including organic agriculture, holistic education, deep psychology, empowering and power sharing systems of governance, conflict resolution, natural medicines, art, clean energies, an economy based on sharing, and above all, the empowerment of each individual, continually advancing towards greater sustainability and self-sufficiency.

Founded in Andalucía in 1984 (although born in 1978 in Brussels), the inspiration of the founders was nurtured by Jungian psychology and dreamwork as a way to know and transform our fears and pains into power, and to access our hidden talents.

They have a firm commitment to personal and global development and harmony through respect for oneself, each other and their environment. They conceive the community not as an end in itself, but as a means of creation and a path of transformation.

After 33 years of existence, Los Portales is a well-established, stable and broad project that has developed in many directions and integrated the main dimensions of sustainability.

You can read more about Los Portales in their website:

http://www.losportales.net/English/whoweare.html

If you know other projects that are of interest for you, you are welcome to contact them asking if they host EVS.

More info about EVS programme:

https://europeanvoluntaryservice.org/whatis-evs/

For further information about EVS, feel free to contact Ruben:

rubenbiolec@gmail.com

Scholarships to the IPC in India!

Did you know that when you take a PDC, you’re also supporting scholarships to the International Permaculture Convergence? These scholarships are given to permaculture practitioners from all over the world, so that they can afford to travel and take part in the IPC. For every participant who takes a PDC course here in Denmark, 100kr is donated to the cause.

This year we donated a total of 5.100kr! (That means we can also celebrate the fact that there are over 50 new certificate holders here in Denmark!) Thank you to all the teachers and participants who were involved.

There have already been applications for scholarships, from over 60 people, from Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa, Cameroon, Malawi, Gambia, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Zambia, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Brazil, Colombia, Jamaica, Belize, Ecuador, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Cuba, Argentina, Macedonia, Kazakhstan, Hungary, Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, Nepal, Sri Lanka and India

Why do we support this cause?

It’s really important that even those who don’t have the financial means to attend, still have the opportunity to take part in the IPC. This campaign allows them to be there, so their voices can be heard. It enables farmers and community leaders to come in contact with other permaculture practitioners, in order to gain support, inspiration and ideas- that they can then take home to their local communities.

What is the IPC?

The IPC is held every two years, and is an opportunity for permaculture practitioners from all over the world to get together, share knowledge and shape the future of the permaculture movement. This year’s theme is “towards healthy societies” and there is a particular emphasis on women as agents of change. There will be many speakers, giving talks, presenting their projects and sharing practical solutions through workshops and talks.

The conference takes place over two days,and this year it covers topics such as

  • sustainable resource management
  • revitalising and preserving traditional farming practices
  • permaculture and climate change adaption
  • women as agents of change.
  • Grassroots permaculture in action
  • Permaculture as a social responsibility.

The convergence is a five day residential, experiential learning forum with a focus on networking, knowledge sharing, hand-on practices and celebrations.

Learn more about the IPC in India here

Find the crowdfunding campaign and donate here

Folkeavisen is here!

Climate change threatens our future and it is necessary that we make a transition to a sustainable lifestyle, within just a few years, if we are to survive as a civilisation- that is, a maximum of 20 years according to climate research.

Already, this transition is taking place- companies are converting their production, towns are becoming transition towns, countries, governments and municipalities are beginning to take climate change seriously and the UN has made 17 World Sustainable Development Goals. To top it all off, 196 countries are included in the Paris Agreement, which focuses on a global transition in order to counter climate change.

Initiatives are spreading, but are unfortunately they still aren’t sufficient. It’s for this reason that Danish green organisations came together to create a “Folkeavis” (The people’s paper) for the upcoming local elections here in 2017. The paper is an appeal to: take action, create a new path and make the transition to sustainability on all levels.  This can mean sustainable development of the Danish society, carried by the public, the municipalities, and companies.

This paper has been written by 36 green associations and people from civil society. In it you will find a long list of solutions and suggestions, on how we can create sustainability within 9 important areas. These are simple solutions- straightforward to implement, that have been tried and tested.

These aren’t party politic suggestions, but an attempt to formulate THE COMMON GOOD (Det Fælles Bedste) for ourselves and our future generations. The paper is intended as a green agenda for the local elections. We hope it can be used by local citizens and politicians, to find a new way; to create local debate for voters and municipal meetings; to gather organisations in shared activities and action; as the starting point for election of politicians in your municipality.

At this moment, it is especially the civil society (rural towns, organisations and citizens) that are active for transition. But an increasing number of companies can see, that in the near future, the best business lies in sustainable production. They can also see, that there is an abundance of possibilities, and the business sector in future, will only consist of green and innovative companies.

The municipalities have an important role to play in transition and some are already taking action. They have the possibility to implement sustainable actions, together with the people and local businesses. Energy, transport, food, homes and business. As one municipal chairman says in the paper “We can lead the way and inspire, instead of just coming behind. There are so many possibilities, it’s just a matter of getting started.”

We hope the paper can inspire people to get started. We hope to create a dialogue about the future. Choose the politicians that understand the importance of transition, and can see all the possibilities in it.

Enjoy reading!

You can read the (Danish) virtual version of Folkeavisen here

You can also find it on www.okosamfund.dk and www.detfaellesbedste.dk

Det Fælles Bedste is made up of 4 green associations: Permakultur Danmark, Landsforeningen for Økologisk Byggeri, Omstilling Danmark and Landsforeningen for Økosamfund. Plus a network to over 60 green associations and a secretariat.

Permakulturhaven : Book release!

PERMAKULTURHAVEN
(PermacultureGarden)

om flerårige grøntsager, skovhaver & gravefri dyrkning til selvforsyning & en levende fremtid
(about perennial vegetables, forestgardens and
no-dig methods for self-suffiency and a living future.)

Publishes. 12. april 2017
Language: Danish

Permakulturhaven is a book for those of you who would like to influence the world from your own garden. It’s for those of you, for whom permaculture, gardening and self-sufficiency is new, and also for you who know about permaculture design, are experienced gardeners and have grown food for most of your lives. And then the book is also for all of you in between. You, who are neither novices nor experienced gardeners, but who want to grow and enjoy healthy food, from a living garden that is buzzing with life.

The book gives you practical knowledge about permaculture gardening via:

• Plant Portraits of more than 50 perennial vegetables
• Cultivation Techniques in no-dig gardening
• Step-by-step guides to establishment
• Description of annual vegetables for self-sufficiency
• Design of forest garden trees, shrubs and vegetables
• Insight into Earth’s cycles and organisms
• Integration of the gardens animals and insects
• Informative illustrations and photos
…and much more!

Authors: Karoline Nolsø Aaen & Tycho Holcomb
Release: 2017
Number of pages: 284
ISBN 978-87-999781-0-6