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Communities for Future is being spearheaded by ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability.

In 2015 ECOLISE launched the annual European Day of Sustainable Communities to celebrate and showcase transformative community-led action. In September 2019 hundreds of local communities in 27 countries marked the day.

That month millions of people around the globe were on the streets joining students at climate strikes and Fridays for Future in demanding action in the face of the climate emergency. 

Inspired by the protests, and by the desire to inspire and support citizens to take action in their communities, Communities for Future was born.

Six months later and everything changed, utterly. The world now faces another unprecedented challenge – the COVID-19 pandemic. Economies are grinding to a halt. Millions of people’s lives have been shattered seemingly overnight. Global capitalism is exposed like never before.

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew. This one is no different. It is a portal, a gateway between one world and the next. – Arundhati Roy

For decades ecovillagers, permaculture practitioners, and those in the Transition Network, have been imagining the world anew. More importantly, they have been experimenting with and demonstrating sustainable and regenerative ways of living. Like careful gardeners, they have been tending the seeds of a fairer, more resilient world. At this time of rupture, Communities for Future is about spreading these seedlings of hope far and wide. 

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📈🌍Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year. In 2021, it fell yesterday on July 29 but much of Europe already passed last Winter and Spring. We must take collective action to #MoveTheDate, not despairing but taking inspiration from #CommunityLed #ClimateAction for a #regenerativefuture. #EarthOvershootDay ...

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📍🌿🗓 Registering your #EDSC21 event is as easy as 1, 2, 3:

✅1. Choose your language
✅2. Learn what it's all about
✅3. Enter your event details and register

Give us a minute to make sure you're not spam and then see your event pop up with others in #Croatia, #Slovenia, #Spain, #Italy, #Belgium and more! Join us for this annual celebration of #CommunityLed #ClimateAction for a #sustainablefuture across #Europe.
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Join us 20-28 September 2021, following #EDSC21, for Communities for Future Policy Week "Transformation through localisation of policy and decision-making." As we highlight the thousands of #CommunityLed #ClimateAction initiatives around Europe, our elected officials need to hear our voices to take decisive action for a better future. Save the date and join a regional policy event in your country or native language.

#cooperation #advocacy #policymakers
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Join our Policy Circle by registering on bit.ly/PolicyCircle

It’s an excellent opportunity to help shape policy recommendations that will help us create a healthier, fairer and more sustainable world. We look forward to welcoming you.

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#CommunitiesForFuture #regeneration #community #Advocacy #ECOLISE
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Join our Policy Circle by registering on bit.ly/PolicyCircle

It’s an excellent opportunity to help shape policy recommendations that will help us create a healthier, fairer and more sustainable world. We look forward to welcoming you.

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#CommunitiesForFuture #regeneration #community #Advocacy #ECOLISE
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Mon 9 NOVEMBER at 17-18.30 CET⁠
Communities for Future - catalyzing societal transformation through community-led action⁠

In collaboration with Humanity rising Global Solutions Summit, we will showcase the transformative potential of community-led action on climate change and sustainability. We will give voice to the movements of Ecovillages, Permaculture and Transition, which comprise the backbone of Communities for Future, the new Europe-wide action programme spearheaded by ECOLISE. We will hear about approaches and accomplishments that local communities take in responding to the challenges of our time. We explore together what are the prerequisites for catalyzing effective community-led action on a local level and how this can contribute to systemic transformation within and across society.⁠

This session is ideal for people who are not yet very familiar with the community-led movements. It is not as participatory as our other sessions, as it has the format of a webinar, consisting of presentations, roundtable conversation and a Q&A with the audience.⁠

For this event the registration goes through this form:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScorbY4gcPjVFkKulCAk2_t1_bR_ct87OGVJFTCKIEEnuv36A/viewform?dods&gxids=7628&pli=1
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#SundayInspiration #CommunityMatters ...

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🎉 In few days we are celebrating! 🎉 ⁠

Join us at our first #CfF Session! Please don't forget to register for the session, follow the link in bio and you’ll get the Zoom link immediately to your email.⁠

Our first three online sessions will be: Wed 21 OCTOBER at 17–19 CEST⁠

We're looking forward to you joining us! 🥳⁠

About #CommunitiesForFuture Sessions — enabling networking and learning for a fairer, #regenerative world⁠

We are launching a series of monthly #OnlineSessions, starting from October 2020.⁠

This is an open invitation to everyone who is curious about the new action programme, Communities for Future, and to everyone who recognizes themselves as being connected with the European #communityled #sustainability movement (or who would like to be part of it!).⁠

We will focus on the following themes: in October, celebration; in November, showcasing community-led movements; and in December, #CommunitiesOfPractice. You are welcome to join us!⁠

Through these online sessions, we will co-create an open space for multilateral networking, learning and collaboration across different groups, sectors and individuals that are, or aspire to be, connected to Communities for Future, ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on #ClimateChange and sustainability, related Communities of Practice and to each other.⁠

These meetings are intended to strengthen our collective bonds, enhance #collaboration and leverage our voices. This initiative is part of ECOLISE’s desire to hear from its members and to offer spaces for individuals in our networks to #connect with each other and organize themselves as a living and breathing network of #changemakers. We envision that as we weave together our diverse expertise and visions, a broader systemic understanding begins to emerge and we can identify new pathways towards widespread societal #transformation.
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● #CfF Tools and Resources⁠ ● ⁠

In #CommunityLed projects, both theory and practice are important. Here we share some practical solutions for transformative community life, work, and collaboration. See link in bio. ⁠
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#sustainability #sustainabilityinstyle #sustainabilitytips #sustainabilitymatters #sustainabilityresources #sustainabilityissexy #community #communityfirst #communityovercompetition #CommunityGarden #communityevent #CommunityBuilding #communitylove #climatechange #climatechangeaction #climatechangenow #CommunitiesForFuture #Tools⁠
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Are you wondering how to engage with the Communities for Future programme? Are you wishing to explore opportunities for collaboration and support, catch up with peers or widen your network within the European community-led movements? Save the dates and join us for our series of monthly online sessions! On our first three events we focus on the following themes: Celebration of how community-led initiatives have made a difference in October, Showcasing community-led movements in November, and exploring Communities of Practice in December.⁠

● For more information, how to join and registration, click link in bio.⁠ ●⁠
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● Do you want to get involved with #CommunitiesForFuture? ●⁠

For more information please check our website @ www.communitiesforfuture.org and see how you can get involved.⁠

● Follow the link in bio ●
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● COMMUNITIES FOR FUTURE ●⁠

Communities for Future inspires and supports local communities to take action for a healthier, fairer, and more sustainable world.⁠

● www.communitiesforfuture.org ●
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● Inspiring Stories for a Community-Led Future: Cloughjordan Community Farm ●⁠

Sustainable neighbourhoods are the stories of how neighbours are talking to each other; about how people are working together and learning together of ways to make life better. Sustainable neighbourhoods does not represent one story but multiple stories. It illustrates the empowerment of people by their local government; and demonstrates that one shoe does not fit all when talking about community-led initiatives and that people are the bearer of solutions.⁠

#CommunitiesForFuture #CfF⁠

● Read the whole story at CfF website ● Link in bio ●
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European Commissioner for #Environment, Oceans and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevicius's encouraging addressed to our members and #LocalCommunity initiatives at the launch of #CommunitiesforFuture⁠

● Watch Commissioner's talk @ our #YouTube channel ● Link in bio ●⁠
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● Inspiring Stories for a Community-Led Future: Cloughjordan Community Farm ●⁠

Cloughjordan Community Farm, in County Tipperary, Ireland, was established in 2009 by a diverse group of people who felt passionately about growing their own food. Many of them had moved to the area to build their homes in Cloughjordan Ecovillage, a pioneering project committed to ‘building sustainable community’.⁠

“We called a town meeting and invited everyone who was interested to come along and look at ‘could we do this, could we make this farm happen’,” says Wendy Bailey, a musician and primary school teacher who has been involved since the beginning.⁠

“The initial motivation was wanting to grow our own food, not wanting it to come from miles across the world. Also having a connection with the people who grow our food, to have control over saving seeds, and providing local employment.”⁠

It is Ireland’s largest example of a CSA farm. CSA is an alternative socioeconomic model of agriculture and food distribution that allows the producers and wider community to share the risks of farming and to secure local access to healthy, organic food.⁠

● Read the whole story at CfF website ● Link in bio ●
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Today we launched #CommunitiesForFuture in an online event. We are so grateful to our partners at the European Economic and Social Committee for their support and collaboration, to RIPESS EU and RURENER who co-organised the event and to everyone who helped us get to where we did. We'd especially like to thank our members who not only organized local workshops, but showed up in full force today. Thanks to all the speakers and participants. ⁠

Together we can build better world!⁠
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