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March 3, 2017

Hello SCI Volunteers,

There is an new Chinese proverb that says the best time to plan to join a workcamp was yesterday, the second best time is today. So go to the “Topics” tab in the workcamp search engine and check off the “Climate for Peace” box!

Once you do that, go on and take a more philosophical approach to climate change with Naomi Klein, writer and activist, and a more practical one with Vicky Arroyo, climate adaptation expert. And finally read about inspiring others to get involved in the climate movement by finding common ground.

How climate change can change us

Either climate change will change everything and eventually wipe out humanity as we know it, or humanity as we know it will change everything and stop climate change.

This book was published in 2014, but it’s still relevant today. Read the intro to Naomi Klein’s “This Changes Everything” to understand, why the author sees climate change not only as a civilization threat, but also a surprising opportunity.

“For us it involves changing how we live, how our economies function, even the stories we tell about our place on earth. The good news is that many of these changes are distinctly uncatastrophic. Many are downright exciting.” “Don't look away now, the climate crisis needs you” | The Guardian

We all have the potential to be climate adaptation experts


Climate change adaptation means getting ready for the impacts that we can foresee. In some parts of the world they are pretty obvious already (like extended droughts, more intense rainfall over shorter time or sea level rise and coastal erosion), while in some others they will become obvious in the future. There is nowhere on Earth that will be spared from climate change.

In her TEDTalk Vicky Arroyo from the Georgetown Climate Center says that climate change adaptation can’t be left to experts, because there are no experts! We are in an unprecedented situation, so we all have the potential to become experts through learning by doing! Think about it, talk to people in your community and municipality about the challenges ahead and apply for GAIA Microgrants to receive up to 500 euro for your climate change adaptation idea, activist style! “Let’s prepare for your new climate” (14:30) | TEDTalk 

Workcamp: Plant a tree as a sign of hope for a better future (Tent of Nations, Palestine)

The Tent of Nations project seeks to bring people of various cultures together to build bridges of understanding, reconciliation, and peace. The Tent of Nations is located on a piece of land southwest of Bethlehem 10 km away from the city near the village of Nahalin. Since 1991, the land is under threat of confiscation by the Israeli military.

During this ten day work camp, volunteers will experience planting, watering and taking care of trees and learning more about them and about planting in a dry climate. On some afternoons there will also be a special program prepared that includes: general details about the land situation, orientation, lectures, workshops, documentary movies and field trips to Bethlehem and the surroundings. 

Please be mindful that this project is part of the SCI North South Programmes, so special conditions apply. Read more>>>

Changing hearts and minds, not the climate


If we want to engage people to become a part of solution to issues that we care about, we need to help them realize that they care about them already. We should inspire them toward a vision that they can really care about.

As climate change affects all areas of our lives, there should be plenty of topics for conversation with all sorts of people. You can talk about human rights being threatened by more extreme weather events, or about chocolate, coffee and beer supplies under threat by changing growing conditions. Whatever reaches the heart of the person. Just check out the story of a dairy farmer who became an anti-war activists: “What It Takes to Change Hearts and Minds” | Yes! Magazine


 Co-Funded by the Erasmus plus programme of the European Union.


The Association of Service Civil International ivzw receives support from the European Youth Foundation of the Council of Europe.




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