How can we build more social inclusion in the Baltic Region? How can we deal with challenges and struggles the society faces and how can we help each other?
SIBREC project funded by Swedish Institute and led by non-profit organisation Relearn Suderbyn brings together practitioners and researchers, community-builders and universities from Baltic Sea Region in order to explore together models and methods of social inclusion in communities and ecovillages. We bring closer to each other the community life and academic research, we collect information of needs and opportunities in the region, we connect people and facilitate the birth of further initiatives. Our question is how various communities can help marginalised groups to become an active part of the society and how we can mainstream methods from ecovillages to the broader society. We believe that the eco-communities have an immense potential to help socially-excluded groups, those who are often left aside. Our focus areas are wide: people with physical and mental disabilities, immigrants and refugees, children with learning difficulties, rural youth, burnt-out employees and other groups whose voices are often not heard.
We do not try to protect marginalised people from the society by building shelters.
A few of us from Suderbyn went for "winter holidays" as volunteers to the Greek island of Lesvos to help refugees and support other volunteers and NGOs working for that mission day and night.
We were part of RefuGEN -- the project of Global Ecovillage Network -- volunteering at two different camps: Pikpa (or All Together village) and Moria.
We share with you Leila Dregger's article as an example of why people move and how difficult their way is.
Two people from Suderbyn recently took a part in the UN Climate Change Conference, so-called COP21, the main global climate event of 2015 and perhaps of the decade. This post will not tell you about COP negotiations and the final agreement between the countries, as there is a lot in the media already — from twitter to BBC. This post will tell about our experience at COP21 and alternative COP which warmed our ecovillagish hearts.
>> The demonstration on 29.12: Police and Environmentalist
They stayed for the first week, setting up the ECOLISE stand, networking in Le Bourget and participating in a range of events: from demonstration at Republique to presentations by indigenous people in Climate Generation Area. Beyond official negotiations and unnecessary noise and crowd of COP21, Paris was hosting many wonderful guests and initiatives.
<< Suderbynians at COP21
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