Fighting Climate Change: rebellion, strike and action!

Fighting Climate Change: rebellion, strike and action!
School Strike for Climate Action, Melbourne, photo by Julian Meehan
The last few months have seen increased intensity of several grassroots movements stirred by the boiling pot of climate change.We want to recognise, welcome, and applaud the Climate Change & Consciousness (CCC19) Conference, School Strike for Climate (Fridays for Future) and Extinction Rebellion (XR) as fellow movements in our pathway to a sustainable future.

School Strike for Climate (or Fridays for Future) represents students worldwide who are protesting the lack of government action on climate change by missing school on Fridays to demonstrate in front of parliaments. Started by then 15 year old Swedish activist Greta Thunburg, the movement has shown that youth are both aware of the consequences their generation will face and empowered by their ability to mobilise. They have striked in 144 countries and also map their actions, encouraging others to join.

Extinction Rebellion (XR) identifies as an international apolitical network using non-violent direct action to persuade governments to act on the Climate and Ecological Emergency. They state three demands: tell the truth, working with other institutions to communicate the urgency for change; act now to halt biodiversity loss and reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and go beyond politics to create and be lead by decisions of a Citizens’ Assembly.  XR has branches in 15 countries and almost 400 local groups listed on their map.

The Climate Change & Consciousness: Our Legacy for the Earth, April 20-26 2019 was hosted in Findhorn, Scotland, in partnership with GEN. A collaborative and participatory investigation into how we can steward a sustainable future on what has already become a radically changed planet Earth, this conference was co-facilitated by Kosha Joubert, GEN CEO and GEN representatives from around the world attended. Read more about CCC19 further in this newsletter.

Dedicated to Polly Higgins (In Memoriam).
GEN Education – Trainings in Australia
Ecovillages Overview Seminar May 29 – 30, Australia
Maleny Community Center, Queensland,

polkadot • community in partnership with GEN Australia, GENOA and Transition Towns Sunshine Coast presents… two days of workshops, keynotes and summits on ecovillages with Kosha Joubert, Robin Alfred and others.

For more information and tickets, see: https://www.polkadot.org.au/ecovillagesoverview
Also join the Facebook event for updates: http://bit.ly/EcovillageSeminarAUS
Ecovillages have spent decades researching how to unleash human creativity and solidarity in response to the challenges of our time. The GEN Training of Trainers is an opportunities for you to become an active part of that journey, and to strengthen your capacity to teach, facilitate and train people using GEN’s unique tools and ecovillage based pedagogy.GEN Training of Trainers AustraliaWith Kosha Joubert
Narara Ecovillage, June 5 – 9 For more information, see: https://ecovillage.org/tot-australia/
Contact [email protected] for registration and more information.GEN Training of Trainers ItalyWith Kosha Joubert, supported by Macaco Tamerice
Damanhur, July 19 – 23 For more information, including how to sign up, visit: 
https://ecovillage.org/our-work/education/tot-damanhur/

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