This event will showcase the many groundbreaking initiatives from across Europe that are leading the way towards a low-carbon, ecological future.
Ecovillages, Transition Towns, permaculture projects and many other citizen and community-led initiatives are at the forefront of developing and testing new and innovative approaches to sustainable living, covering a wide range of themes; community energy, local food chains, local currencies, sustainable mobility, eco-construction, education for sustainable development and more.
Now is the time to share this experience and to engage a much wider public (citizens, communities, policy makers, researchers, the business community, etc..) in building momentum towards a citizen-engaged, community-led transition.
Achieving the ambitious climate targets agreed by governments, preserving natural resources and biodiversity and creating a fairer and more equitable society requires a fundamental shift in behavior patterns and societal structures. This process is already underway. Thousands of communities across Europe are transforming themselves from the bottom up and in so doing designing the blueprint for a much wider societal transformation.
Let’s share this experience and help kick-start a global citizen-engaged, community-led transition.
- Promote awareness of community-led action and initiatives on climate change and sustainability in Europe in order to support their development and replication;
- Encourage and provide opportunities for more citizens and communities to move from awareness to action;
- Engage with policymakers and other stakeholders (researchers, businesses, etc..) at all levels with a view to creating and strengthening horizontal and vertical linkages.
Who can participate?
The invitation to register and be part of this European Day is open to all those who are interested in supporting local, community-led action on climate change and sustainability. From small rural villages to the streets and districts of large urban centres, individuals, groups or organisations are invited to organise expositions, workshops, open days, debates, or other activities that help to share experience and create possibilities for greater engagement and participation in local action on climate change and sustainability.
The overall theme for the event is: Small steps, giant leap: how can citizens and communities turn a planetary crisis into an evolutionary bounce?
To mark the European Day of Sustainable Communities on 23 September, citizens will be showcasing their pioneering efforts to create new models for sustainable living. Ecovillages, Transition initiatives, permaculture projects, the agroecology movement, and many others will open their doors and invite the public to observe, discuss and be inspired by a diverse range of projects, covering everything from community energy, to local food, sustainable mobility, resource management and much more.
During the conference at the EESC, there will be a live video link-up with the organisers showcasing a selection of these Europe-wide events. The latest information from the ECOLISE network will be shared with conference participants, including research findings on the status, impacts and challenges of community-led initiatives in Europe in achieving climate targets, preserving natural resources and biodiversity, and creating a fairer and more equitable society.
Participants at the European Day of Sustainable Communities launch event will include EU policy-makers such as the European Commission, Members of the European Parliament, Members of the EESC, government representatives, and community leaders, including ECOLISE members, partner organisations, associations and NGOs.