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.