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February 3, 2017

Hey Gamechangers,

In turbulent times it’s more important than ever to get educated and become more aware of your attitudes and values. Hopefully you’re finding some space in your daily life to do both and this newsletter can be a small contribution towards it (remember we are open to your contributions towards the newsletter too!).

Check out the pilot travel policy in SCI, which encourages participants to stay more mindful of the environmental impact of getting to the project sites. Then think for a few minutes about how calling something the right word can make it more attractive and could this rule be applied to a caterpillar diet, which is being promoted in Burkina Faso. Finally, maybe you can already think of a bench in your neighbourhood, which can be changed into an outdoor living room?

SCI piloting travel policy in PATH project

PATH logo

The project PATH (Peace Activism through Lessons from History of Forced Migration) focuses on understanding the current migration crisis by making parallels with the past. Participants coming from 13 different countries look at the history of, e.g. the Spanish Civil war and the Yugoslav wars to better understand the stories of people who have walked a long path, seeking refugee back then and nowadays.

And organizers of the PATH project recognize the link with climate justice! While focusing on the topic of forced migration we cannot leave out climate refugees and environmental migrants​, people forced to move from their homes due to sudden or long-term changes to their local environment which compromise their lives and well-being.

On the other hand, mobility is the hallmark of the 21st century. As a movement promoting international volunteering for peace we need to take our responsibility and try to limit carbon footprint as a side effect of travelling to workcamps, projects and meetings.

Having all this in mind PATH project introduced a travel policy within all its activities, aiming to make people aware of ecological impact of their travels and to motivate them to choose a more environmentally responsible way of traveling​, thus actively contributing to the solution of the climate crisis. It is really worth reading into. And if this pilot travel policy works, maybe soon we will see it approved for all of SCI! Read more>>>

The project is supported by Europe for Citizens programme. More information about the project at www.sci.ngo/path.

A carrot by another name would taste… better?

Do the words “healthy vegetables” make you think of that delicious carrot, which you just can’t wait to bite into? Not really? And how about if we call that same carrot a “superfood”? Turns out using the right language can help people make choices which are better for their health and for the climate, because producing animal-based foods consumes more resources than growing fruit and veg.

“Language used in marketing and labeling is extremely powerful.  In one study, for example, people who ate two identical cookies—one labeled healthy, one not—found the "healthy" one to be less tasty.” It is similar in case of “bowl-style" restaurants, which emphasise soups and salads. Or even the veggie burger, which might owe its popularity to the word “burger” in its name. Any other ideas to try out with your workcamp participants? “New Project Aims to Lure People Away from Meat, to a Climate-Healthier Diet” (Inside Climate News)

Nutritious like a caterpillar


Simon and Pumba knew it long time ago already - bugs are nutritious and can be made tasty. On top of that, caterpillars and other insects are a pretty climate-friendly source of protein. 

Read the story of Kahitouo Hien, a young entrepreneur from Burkina Fasso, fighting malnutrition by popularizing caterpillars in a country, where they already are part of a traditional diet. “Armed with caterpillars, an entrepreneur dishes up a hunger solution” (Thomson Reuters Foundation)

Outdoor Living Rooms

There are over 1,000 registered BenchesCollective benches around the world. Photo by Lilian Sijbesma

What better place to step out of your comfort zone, get to know your neighbours and do something for your community than the outside! Consider adding a piece of sidewalk or grass near your apartment or SCI office to an international list of outdoor living rooms! All you need is a bench and some ideas (or you can use the ideas tested by the organizers of the project). 

The idea originated in Amsterdam, Netherlands, but today you can find outdoor living rooms in various countries, including Brazil, Turkey, South Africa, and the U.S. So take ownership of the space near you and get ready for the official inauguration of the Outdoor Living Room season on June 11st. And remember, once you meet you neighbours, talk to them about what you can do together to fight climate change! “How to Create an Outdoor Living Room in Your Neighborhood” (Resilience.org)


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