Every new week brings new challenges, but also new ideas for possible solutions. This week we present you with a brief overview of reasons for climate induced migration, but we also look closer at the role of restorative agriculture in changing the world. Check out brief videos which provide a great introduction to climate science and climate solutions and another entertaining, but reflective skit about talking to people who lost all hope for solving the climate crisis.
“Environmental migrants” or “climate refugees” are not officially recognized or even defined by the UN, so there are no statistics about how many people have left or fled their homes because climate change has made their lives unbearable. But future prospects are very upsetting and the reasons are many.
The division of agriculture to conventional and organic does not tell us the whole story. David R. Montgomery, the author of “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life” has visited farmers around the world to determine, what is the key factor to abundance and profit in agriculture. His conversations with farmers led him to firmly believe that agricultural practices that restore the health of the soil are key to the future food production.
We can’t encourage you enough to host a climate related workshop at your branch or during the workcamp. Even if you don’t consider yourself to be an expert, it’s important to open the conversation up and hear each others thoughts and ideas. You don’t even have to focus on the source of the problem, but maybe rather talk about the solutions that you want to see around you!
However if you want to look more into changing people’s mindset about the meaning of life (that’s a big one!) and relations with each other and the nature, you might want to check out an online course by Pachamama Alliance’s “Gamechanger Intensive” (see the sidebar for more info).
We really want to support your project through GAIA MicroGrants! Remember that projects are reviewed based on when they are submitted. The earlier you apply, the bigger chance you have to get support.
And remember that the programme team is there to help out. Just send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or check out our brief guides at www.sci.ngo. You might simply want to start by learning about how to submit a quality application.
Pachamama Alliance online course
This brief online course (going through all of the material takes about 2 hours; it is self-guided) is an invitation to taking a more holistic look at the modern world, the challenges it is facing and the solutions at our hand. It doesn’t only focus on technology and policies, but also invites you to look closer at your values and relationships with people and the natural world.
It is strongly focused on the US political and social systems, but at the same time contains a lot of very universal and holistic messaging, applicable in all parts of the world. If you like the approach, you can join an 8-week programme, which dives deeper into the subject. It combines weekly dose of new material and online meetings in small groups. Read more>>>
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