During the EuPC in Ireland, which took place between August 8th and 13th, 2018 in the Wicklow mountains, daily EuPN-meetings took place.
We used the arrival day of the 8th to discuss and clarify how we would want to spend the following days and what we would like to get out of them. We wanted to take ourselves through a process which started out with a vision: in 2023, we want to have a big party to celebrate our achievements as the European Permaculture Network. How do we get there?
The EuPC started on the morning of the 9th with an Elders-panel. Ten people shared what brought them to permaculture and where they are at now. At the end of this panel, we had the opportunity to present the EuPN, to outline its roots at the European Permaculture Institute and to mention the vision that we are working towards. It was important to us to say that the EuPC is the meeting space of EuPN. At the end of this mini-presentation, we invited the EuPC-participants to join our first session: to plan the party in 2023.
The questions during the party planning sessions were: What do we celebrate? What are our achievements in 2023? And who will be invited? This was quite a big session with about 30 people joining.
From here, we worked in small groups and started to design an action plan of how to make those achievements and the party happen.
During our discussions about the party it became very clear that we want it to be an event which is happening decentrally across Europe, so that we cut down on CO2 for travelling, and also so that we can involve as many people locally and regionally as possible.
And you can save the date already: it will be on the first weekend of May in 2023 - on the International Permaculture Day!
The groups that met were:
EuPC-working group - discussing the future of the EuPC => info about this will follow
Education working group - blending EuPN-education issues with IPEN-issues and integrating IPEN into EuPN => the network will be kept updated
Communication working group - discussing information flows and different media => this will be continued in the online meetings of the group
a group that developed a draft of an action plan, putting the future achievements into goals and then thinking about how they could end up in a sensible and doable order => a team will continue to work on this and discuss possible funding options towards reaching these goals
We also got new people to join and spoke to representatives of both "Youth in Permaculture" and "Children in Permaculture" whether they want to become working groups within EuPN and join the General Circle calls, so that we can increase synergies.
This time, we did not have the technical equipment and possibility to offer blended EuPN-meetings for those that stayed at home, but we managed to write down a summary of results in our shared meeting notes file so that other EuPN-members could follow what happened.
Join the European Day of Sustainable Communities
The European Day of Sustainable Communities #EDaySC2018 on 22 September is a celebration of the efforts and achievements of the thousands of local communities across Europe who are taking action for a better, more sustainable world.
“The concept is very simple,” explains Eamon O’Hara, executive director of ECOLISE, the main organiser of the Day. “Taken individually, local, citizen or community-led initiatives seem insignificant and barely register on the radar of policy makers. However, by linking initiatives and actions through the #EDaySC we can show the cumulative effect – how many, many small-scale initiatives can add up to something incredibly big and impactful, and how this can spread outwards and upwards to bring about real transformational change.”
Civil Society and Municipalities: building sustainability through collaboration
On 20 September 2018 a unique learning conference is being co-hosted by the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) and the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability (ECOLISE).
Join us to hear the latest information from ECOLISE, Municipalities in Transition (MiT) and to connect with those involved in dynamic collaborations across Europe. Participants will include EU policy-makers such as the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, members of the CoR, members of the EESC, government representatives, and community leaders, including ECOLISE members, partner organisations, associations and NGOs.
The conference will facilitate a conversation in which participants can share experiences, and explore ways to encourage and support this type of collaboration. The conference is being co-hosted by the EESC, ECOLISE and the European Committee of the Regions (CoR) in collaboration with Transition Network.
The 2019 Lush Spring Prize
Applications open from 24th September until 9th November (10:00am GMT) 2018
Please share the news among your networks!
The prize is for social and environmental regeneration, for organisations working to revive damaged social and natural environments. It will again be awareded to 11 projects in 4 categories: for Intentional projects (under a year old), Young projects, (1-5 years old), Established projects, (over 5 years old), and for Influence (for campaigning). For more information about what we are looking for, and the kind of projects that have won previously, see our website.
We also have an amazing selection of videos and podcasts from winners and judges in 2017 and 2018.
See the Lush Spring Prize Vimeo page for short videos on all the winners so far, made by Ethical Consumer.
And for the latest podcasts in the Activism in Existence series by Lush, you can listen...
to Jenny from Agroecopolis, a Greek grassroots NGO focused on food sovereignty, access to land and agroecology, winners in the Young project category in 2018;
or Darcy, from Australia, the youngest Spring Prize judge so far, talking about her environmental activism and how she got involved with the Prize in 2018;
or Dorothy, from Global Justice Now, another Spring Prize judge, talking about her life long political activism for alternative resources and environmental practice.
Watch the Lush video about Indigenous Climate Action,
a winner in the 2017 Young projects category:
Why is it important to amplify Indigenous voices in the climate change conversation?
Soapbox visited Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) in Canada to find out.
ICA is Canada’s premier Indigenous-led climate justice organisation.
Abundant Earth Foundation
Abundant Earth Foundation is a group of permaculture philanthropists and activists regenerating our environmental and social landscapes by supporting each other and pooling our resources to create a more just and inclusive world for all. We’ve just launched two initiatives, the Youth in Permaculture Prize, and Weaver Network, and supported a number of grassroots permaculture projects. Please join us, and help spread the word.
The Youth in Permaculture Prize will award a total of £5,000 to permaculture practitioners under the age of 25 for their innovative
work in making our world a better place. To apply, or for more information: http://www.AbundantEarthFoundation.org/yp/
The Weaver Network is a networking platform for permaculturists: a place for us to share information, stories, best practices, and connect with others based on geography or other common interests. To help us shape this platform and add your project: http://WeaverNetwork.org/
COURSES & TRAININGS
Be your inner gardener
Introduction course to social permaculture
27- 30 September 2018
* Dive Deep: Permaculture for Regenerative Education
November 2 - 12, Switzerland, with Alfred Decker, Valentina Cifarelli, Giuseppe Sannicandro & Cecilia Furlan.
A 10 day intensive course for permaculture trainers, designers and facilitators to be organised with the support of the Swiss Foundation Movetia for youth workers, youth leaders, teachers, trainers and facilitators (with no age limit) from Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Greece, Finland, Portugal, Spain and Kosovo. Possibility to attend course if you are from other countries as well.
In 2019, the Nordic Permaculture Festival will land in Denmark on its tour around the Nordic countries. Further information will follow.
This summer in July we had the pleasure of being invited by the Norwegians to the stunning Hardanger Fjord. The festival was held at the Hardanger Academy for Peace.
There was an abundance of practical workshops, including wood carving, fermentation and dry stone wall building - basic skills for the practical permanaut.
On the more social side we had Starhawk and Alfred Decker talk about diverse social skills such as communication, building communities and conflict management. There was also a presentation of teaching skills by Lou Langdon, who had been on job shadowing with Erasmus+.
Earth care was also strongly represented with lectures on soil life and soil structure, a dive into the world of perennial plants and presentation of sites and LAND centres (Learning, Activity, Network and Demonstration for permaculture).
We also had the time for some strategic talks around the LAND network development in the Nordic and Baltic countries and Nordic cooperation in general.
Music and dancing was well integrated and appreciated and had a cool flavour of Nordic lights and high spirits.
The festival had the presence of 15 different nationalities - so even if you're not from a Nordic country you'll find that the permaculture community easily embraces both the local and the global.