Newsletter 2

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“Though the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple”
– Bill Mollison

 

NEWSLETTER 2 – July 2014

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REALS has proceeded by tying stronger bonds between the projects partners in Russia, Sweden and Belarus. In addition, several new associated partners from Russia, Belarus, Sweden and Latvia have choosen show their support the project and its aim.

In this newsletter you find a summary of events which have happened in 2014. If the letter appears in a very short format, please click on the small dots.


CLIMATE PARLIAMENT JUNE 6-8TH

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Swedish project partners – CEMUS, Permaculture Sweden, Greenelizer- as well as associated partners as BERAS, Transition Sweden and the Swedish Ecovillage Association (ERO) took part in the national climate parliament 6-8th of June 2014. The aim with the event was to influence policymakers to take a stronger stand for climate change mitigation and prioritize action. This can hopefully influence the new government which will be elected this coming autumn.

For more information about the event -read Maxim Vlasovs report


REALS RESOURCE SITE IS ONLINE! 

 See an introduction to resource themes

The projects resource site contains a wide range of links, articles, videos and more -which all give examples on solutions for resilient and wholesome living. The data is gathered mainly from external sources and the ambition is that it will support the partnership and its extended network in ways of inspiration, overview and knowledge. The database will be developed further – both in structure and content. Pelase email info@realsproject.org for data suggestions and feedback.


BELARUSIAN RESEARCH ON URBAN SUSTAINABILITY

REALS Belarusian partner Ecoproject  (NGO) has been undertaking research related activities since the turn of the year 2014. The activity is to a big extent focused on spatial urban planning, which has a clearly holistic approach through taking mainly social, ecological as well as economical questions into concern. Among other things, the work includes studies of national legislation and interviews of citizens with the purpose to see what potentially allows Belarusian urbanities to actively take part in decisionmaking for sustainability.

The NGO will also work on communication of already set recommendations witht he objective to improve the sustainability within the belarusian housing sector. Establishment of connections with the Ministry of architechture and the Ministry of housing is of central importance to meet the objectives.Minsk and Mogilev are the two main locations for these activities. The World Research Institute supports the activities by providing consultation and Ecoproject are using methodological approaches developed by WRI.


AUGUST 9-12TH 2014:

RUSSIAN FESTIVAL OF ECO-TECHNOLOGIES

The next activity within REALS is the “Festival of Eco Technologies” which is hosted in the Ecovillage Kovcheg located a couple of hours from Moscow. It is  hosted by REEN – the russian Ecovillage and Eco-initiatives Network in collaboration with Kovcheg and students from Saint Petersburg State University.

One of the central themes during the 4 days is education and one goal is to inspire the establishment of “eco-schools” which will work as platforms for community-learning in rural areas. Representants from all REALS partners will attend the festival.


ORGANIC FARMS IN BELARUS

 

REALS partner Ecohome are visiting pioneers within organic farming in Belarus, where the national amount of organically certified farms can be counted on the fingers of one hand. The Chukny farm is the first to be presented, and is also going to be a demonstration farm for further experiments related to permaculture principles an sustainable means of agricultural production. Read more


REALS IS PARTICIPATING IN THE NEWLY FOUNDED

ECOLISE; EUROPEAN NETWORK FOR COMMUNITY-LED INITIATIVES ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND SUSTAINABILITY


The new European umbrella for local community-led initiatives for climate change and sustainability, ECOLISE, continues to develop. The network has many similarities with REALS. The idea is to bring together permaculture,

Transition, ecovillages and eco-municipality movements as well as any other grassroot community actions. ECOLISE recieved great interest when it was presented publicly on January 16-17th at the EU´s largest gathering on Social Enterprise and again in the European Parliament on February 19th 2014. Emilia Rekestad, project coordinator of REALS, is now one of 5 members in ECOLISE´s policygroup. Read more about ECOLISE here

 As a source of inspiration: see the movie from the REALS Kick off  meeting! made by David RoxendalView this email online