ARCAH ‘The Association of Rescue of Citizenship Through Affection Towards Humanity’ – was founded in 2013 by a group of young people from the city of São Paulo that wanted to act at the root cause of homelessness, poverty and scarcity in urban centers.
After years of taking food and clothing to people living in the streets, the group decided to act at another level, bringing permaculture and other abundant based concepts to help create permanent change.
ARCAH is now building a new farm near the city, to rescue and shelter more homeless people, and creating new urban farms in downtown São Paulo, turning public and private spaces into organic permaculture farming spots inside the city.
ARCAH’s future plans is to expand both urban and rural farms, so that people that suffer the most from lack of employment, resources and quality of life can change their destiny into an abundant one.
The “Autonome Heilschule Wendland” is a project in creation.
We want to establish a healing school, where people can self-study or attend daily classes, that is open for everyone that wants to learn about alternative medicine and treatments, to find individual approaches to their health. It is a place for support and exchange with a medicinal garden, apothecary, movement room and more.
We will organise regular courses and workshops to facilitate the transmission of knowledge from specialists to the people, regardless of their income, background and identities.
Be-in-cO stands for BEleif and BEing present, INspiration, INnovation and INterconnectedness, and for COmmunication, COcreation and COmmunity.
We facilitate transformative workshops to enable individuals, communities and organizations to realize their collective intelligence and co-create positive change.
We combine our expertise in social entrepreneurship and facilitation with the most innovative participatory methodologies and provide teams with alternative tools that are extremely precious in our chaotic, fast-changing world.
We work with cross-sector change makers and social entrepreneurs, social and humanitarian organizations, disadvantaged populations, volunteers, educators, communities and the business sector. We consider what we do to be the regeneration of human connection.
Benaa aims to empower Arabian youth to build sustainable development projects, and create an interactive enabling environment in the MENA region.
These projects cover:
The Bioregional Learning Centre sits amongst a network of local people and organisations in South Devon where community innovation, local economics, and regeneration of place is already happening.
Our work is aimed at increasing the scale, pace and efficacy required to make this happen.
The region has the potential to become a centre of excellence in the UK, known for examples where we have changed our relationships with food, water, energy, soil, waste, ecology and economy, seen over time as an interrelated system.
We build partnerships and work in collaborative project teams to design and implement solutions to regional wellbeing and sustainability. Using best practice techniques for creative engagement we organise design days, get projects off the ground, hold the whole picture, connect people to each other and people to place.
Calderdale Bootstrap is a group of social entrepreneurs, co-operators, activists and changemakers, looking to engage our community in the upper Calder Valley to co-create our next economy.
We aim to build on the history of mutual self-help in our valley; work with our existing social enterprise and take it up a gear. We will inspire and directly support the next generation of enterprises to help create a more vibrant and more resilient solidarity economy, with real livelihoods, community commonwealth, and the ability to thrive in the challenging times ahead as the current economic system unravels.
Another Economy is Possible.
In Hungary and the rest of Europe Roma people are one of the largest and most discriminated minorities and predominantly live in extreme poverty, geographically segregated.
Among many hardships poor housing conditions and lack of adequate heating during winter are some of the largest difficulties they face.
Eco-solutions can be cost effective and achievable with local resources and hence crucial for families with unpredictable incomes. Unfortunately few technological solutions are designed specifically for people living in extreme poverty in Europe.
Our work challenges this; we are developing affordable and efficient stoves, insulation and fuel programs in collaboration with local communities.
The purpose of the Compassos Institute is to debate ideas related to the marginality of youngsters and adults with special needs that cannot enter the labor market.
We also strive to develop ways to minimize and prevent environmental damage in Brazil.
The Compassos Action Project is multidisciplinary and works in different spheres, the main one being biodynamic agriculture. Families, schools and the community will all be welcomed.
We will offer practical experience creating a collective vegetable garden, as well as student training, courses and lectures.
We hope for this project to be replicated in neighboring cities.
We regenerate the mountain ecosystems of our ancestral Andean lands through afforestation and reforestation with native species, and with the capture and propagation of beneficial microorganisms to improve soil fertility.
We provide trainings for campesino families in the importance of reforestation, conservation of natural resources, and returning to indigenous agro-ecological farming methods. We support community livelihoods by providing fruit trees, medicinal plants and Andean grains for family gardens.
For us, the regeneration of soils and waters goes hand in hand with regeneration of culture and ancestral knowledge. As such we are an example of both social and ecological regeneration.
Peasant men and women are the central pillars of agroecological food and seed production in Eastern Europe.
We will facilitate access to knowledge sharing and cooperation within the region, especially for peasant women as they have a leading role in seed saving. The project will empower them to connect through working groups, elevating their role in building sovereignty through common stewardship of seeds and other natural resources.
Through the project, we will facilitate leadership building through meetings and will produce materials, publications and facilities for the renewal of their community seed base and operations.
The European Agroecology Learning and Training Network is a project with social transformation at its core.
Our aim is to connect peasants and new farmers around Europe so as to promote the exchange of existing peasant knowledge and best practices in the field of Agroecology.
Peer-to-peer knowledge exchange will increase the autonomy of peasants in regard to conventional agricultural methods and will promote the agro-ecological method that restores the ecosystem, favours biodiversity, society and culture.
Creating a horizontal exchange will also strengthen solidarity within peasant communities, as well as with other social groups.
To achieve our objectives, we are working to create an online platform and to set up regular training and learning initiatives.
Focus on the Global South has been implementing its Agroecology Project in India since 2013.
Agroecology strengthens the rights of people and communities to determine what to grow and in which way; promotes small-scale localised agricultural production and consumption, revitalizes local food systems; promotes conservation of indigenous seed and native crops; and provides an alternative to carbon-intensive industrial agriculture.
The project uses popular education materials and trainings to instill confidence among small and marginal farmers in India on the viability and sustainability of small farms. It teaches farmers about the dangers of chemical input-intensive, export-oriented conventional agricultural practices, and the benefits of agro-ecological farming practices and biodiversity conservation.
Forest gardens or food forests are a promising method of growing food in small spaces, and have potential to feed populations in urban and rural areas across the world.
We are conducting the first grassroots international survey of forest gardens. During the International Permaculture Convergence 2017 in Hyderabad we want to bring together practitioners from around the world with leading forest gardeners from India, where many of the best established examples are located.
Both before and after the event participants will travel to forest garden sites in order to study and document them for out international baseline survey.
In Cajamarca, a traditional rural village, AngloGold Ashanti is planning to build an open-pit gold mine. This mining project threatens both Cajamarca’s fragile ecosystems, like its cloud forests and páramo areas, and the human rights of local habitants.
By formalising community-run water aqueducts, this project, lead by a youth collective, aims to protect the right to and the community management of water supplies. As a result, possible appropriation and contamination by mining activities will be avoided.
This project protects and regenerates Cajamarca’s ecosystems through participatory monitoring methods that allow the community members to independently monitor the quality of water supplies.
Gaia Education envisions a world where communities have harmonised their social, economic and natural systems, so that they thrive within bioregional and planetary boundaries, regenerating their environment and allowing diverse human potential and all life to flourish.
We contribute to this vision by providing leading-edge online and face-to-face ‘Design For Sustainability’ programmes using our Whole Systems Design Framework. Our long-term Project Based Learning Programmes assist fragile communities to replace petrochemical agriculture with regenerative food systems, focused on well-being and resilience.
We help over-consuming communities to reduce their ecological and carbon footprints, whilst strengthening their regional economy and revitalising their community.
GDF-NA was established in 2013 to meet a specific demand among members of the GDF network for peer-to-peer exchanges among North American Indigenous environmental leaders engaged in revitalization and regeneration of their landscapes.
We carry out collaborative biocultural projects that build resilience, foster innovation and promote learning. Our work contributes to the growing global transition towards justice, respect and dignity for all beings.
At the grassroots, through our regional programmes, we support communities as they improve their livelihoods while respecting environmental processes and make autonomous, informed decisions regarding their lands, resources and futures.
At the global scale, we strengthen the knowledge, networking and communication skills of emerging environmental changemakers through the Global Environments Network.
The Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) is a growing network of sustainable communities and initiatives that bridge different cultures, countries, and continents. GEN serves as umbrella organization for ecovillages, transition town initiatives, intentional communities, and ecologically-minded individuals worldwide.
People and communities meet and share their ideas, exchange technologies, develop cultural and educational exchanges, directories and newsletters, and are dedicated to restoring the land and living a cooperative sustainable lifestyle.
Network members include large networks like Sarvodaya (2,000 active sustainable villages in Sri Lanka); the Federation of Damanhur in Italy and Nimbin in Australia; small rural ecovillages like Gaia Asociación in Argentina and Huehuecoyotl, Mexico; urban rejuvenation projects like Los Angeles EcoVillage and Christiania in Copenhagen; permaculture design sites such as Crystal Waters, Australia, Cochabamba, Bolivia and Barus, Brazil; and educational centres such as Findhorn in Scotland, Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales, Earthlands in Massachusetts, and many more.
IALA Mesoamerica (or Latin American Institute of Agroecology) is an educational initiative of the transnational peasant movement La Via Campesina to facilitate the training and scaling of agroecology in the territories of Central America and southern Mexico.
Agroecology, a regenerative form of agriculture based on ancestral knowledge and ecological principles, is seen by La Via Campesina as a pillar for realizing food sovereignty and cooling the planet.
IALA Mesoamerica’s educational philosophy is based in processes of formación, or transformational political education, in which students gain awareness not just to become agroecological farmers but also social movement cadre and rural leaders.
Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) is an Indigenous-led initiative that inspires Indigenous-led climate justice, supporting Indigenous communities to be drivers of climate solutions.
ICA is equipping Indigenous communities with tools, education and assets to ensure Indigenous knowledge is driving climate solutions that work for everyone.
Indigenous Knowledge is essential to mitigate and address climate change and our goal is to ensure that climate change policies and strategies include the voices and knowledge of Indigenous peoples.
ICA believes that true climate justice ensures that solutions of the future honour the past while upholding the legal and cultural foundations of Indigenous people’s rights.
Indigenous communities contribute the least to climate change yet are first to experience the effects of it. Therefore, ICA state that climate change has to be addressed from a human rights and indigenous peoples’ rights perspective, as well as a science perspective.
ICA’s mission is:
to inspire action for Indigenous-led climate justice while serving and supporting our communities to build power and drive climate solutions. ICA work to equip Indigenous communities with the right tools, education and resources to ensure our knowledge and rights are the basis for climate solutions, while also responding sustainably to the climate crisis.
Climate: continental to cool temperate, coastal and arctic.
Key words: indigenous peoples; climate change.
Beneficiary community: indigenous peoples & territories.
Project reach: nationwide and global.
Education Activity: increasing climate literacy; the rights of Indigenous people; effective community action.
Other key features: use of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ connected to on the ground actions.
ICA envisions a future built upon solutions that actively affirm, incorporate and uphold the knowledge and rights of Indigenous peoples, as defined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), Indigenous customary laws and the Principles of Climate Justice [Bali 2002].
Indigenous sovereignty and autonomy are critical to climate justice, in order to implement effective solutions that are guided by the ancestral wisdom of our Elders, knowledge holders and land users.
This will allow Indigenous peoples to effectively reclaim our roles and responsibilities as stewards, caretakers and protectors of the lands, waterways, and biodiversity of the planet, as well as ensure Indigenous cultural and spiritual survival.
2019 Goals: Youth focus; Sustainable Energy Sovereignty; Workshops, Gatherings and Resources.
Indigenous Climate Action was founded in 2015 by Alberta Indigenous women who saw a need to bring Indigenous peoples together to begin discussions on climate change and Indigenous rights.
ICA is driven by a volunteer Indigenous National Steering Committee from communities and regions across Canada that believes in the power of our communities as agents of change.
The first ICA Indigenous Peoples’ Meeting on Climate Change was held in January 2016 in the heart of Treaty No. 6, Amiskwaciwâskahikan, Edmonton.
It set the stage for ICA by inviting Indigenous leaders from across Canada to come together to discuss climate change and the unique rights of Indigenous peoples. Since then ICA has made it a priority to continue engaging Indigenous peoples and ally organizations in hosting events, in person and online.
ICA gatherings serve to build community driven organizational direction while bringing Indigenous peoples together to demand our rights are included in climate change solutions.
In December 2017 ICA rejected a $150,000 prize from Aviva Canada Community Legacy Award because of a ‘direct contradiction’ between Aviva’s financial relationship with oil and gas projects and ICA’s Mission, values and aims.
We cannot in good conscience accept an award from a corporation that is financially associated with fossil fuel energy projects that violate the rights of Indigenous peoples and contribute to global climate change.
Our organization is working to support Indigenous rights and address the climate crisis while Aviva is investing in corporations proposing or operating tar sands projects that threaten water, land, the climate and Indigenous rights.
Eriel Deranger, Executive Director of Indigenous Climate Action.
My journey with Indigenous Climate Action (ICA) has been a profound experience guided by the voices and direction of so many. In the summer of 2017, I made the life-changing decision to leave my job with the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation and accepted the position of Executive Director for ICA.
ICA’s work is driven by our deep desire to inspire communities and broaden the definition of climate solutions while supporting community resistance to the drivers of climate change and building Indigenous-led climate solutions. I recognize that I am, along with ICA as a whole, still in my infancy as a leader in this work.
I hope to continue to grow with my community and ensure that I hold true to nurturing an organization rooted in decolonial values and relationships. It has been such an amazing journey so far and I am excited for what is to come.
It has been an incredible journey of learning and holding the space while I coordinated workshops and interviews for ICA. The conversations helped me better understand the kinds of knowledge and practical tools that can support Indigenous peoples in our efforts of responding to the climate crisis with strength and resiliency.
The deep ecological sensibility and social responsibility that was shared by all challenged me to hold the space for the complexity that arose in the process of interpreting the conversations.
Some of the key concepts and themes that arose were: climate change meets Indigenous knowledge, land and water rights, ecosystem-based conservation planning, gender and generations perspectives of youth, Elders and women, sustainable tribal economies and energy plans, Indigenous food sovereignty, and decolonizing education, just to name a few.
ICA co-hosted and jointly-coordinated three gatherings that brought together Indigenous peoples from around the world to discuss climate change and strategize on climate solutions:
ICA’s education activity has found that there is great interest and value in increasing climate change literacy in their communities.
Through face-to-face and online interactions, including 14 Climate Change Toolkit Community Workshops in 2018, ICA find that communities are taking action and becoming agents of change in building a climate stable future.
“Collectively, we amplify our worldviews into climate discussions and share knowledge towards evolving climate solutions that are sustainable, equitable and effective.”
Some ICA highlights of good practice engagement since 2017 include:
In 2018 ICA jointly coordinated 3 international gatherings, organised 14 climate action toolkit workshops, grew its strategic partnerships, increased its visibility in Indigenous spaces and with the wider public, and launched its media strategy.
During 2018 ICA rolled out the toolkit project through 14 community workshops and facilitated sessions across Canada with Indigenous communities. From this, ICA are developing Indigenous tools and resources that will elevate Indigenous climate solutions and inspire others to take action.
Along with the toolkit, ICA are developing an Indigenous-led media strategy that will insert Indigenous voices, values, and inherent rights at the centre of climate action.
ICA is working within its networks to develop articles, webinars, mini-documentaries, and podcasts to share Indigenous climate action and solutions with other Indigenous communities.
Moving forward, this will be an important project in helping to grow the climate justice movement and empowering Indigenous peoples to take action in their communities.
The mainstream media often portrays Indigenous peoples as victims of catastrophes in climate stories and rarely portrays Indigenous peoples as active agents of change. We wanted to adjust that perception by telling the true stories of our knowledge keepers, land defenders and water protectors, as well as uplift our voices in the public discourse and climate discussions.
ICA 2018, Annual Report
ICA works to empower our communities and inspire Indigenous peoples to take climate action.
It focuses on four main areas of activity:
1. Gatherings – hosting gatherings of Indigenous peoples to discuss how climate change is impacting local lands and waters. ICA work hard to build a network of Indigenous communities, nations and organizations taking real action on climate change. Bringing people together in person and online helps to grow the land-based climate movement. Visit ICA’s Toolkit page to learn more.
2. Amplifying Voices – ICA is committed to developing climate action and climate solutions by Indigenous peoples for Indigenous peoples, centring their inherent rights, knowledge, and worldview within climate change discussion. See Stories of Resilience and News and Blogs for more on ICA’s Indigenous-led media.
3. Producing Resources – for Indigenous peoples, by Indigenous peoples. Indigenous peoples hold unique knowledge that can be used to build solid solutions for climate change. Sharing stories from the ground is one of the most powerful ways that ICA inform and inspire others to build climate solutions. ICA aim to elevate indigenous voices and values through their media and toolkit projects.
4. Supporting Indigenous sovereignty – ICA supports Indigenous communities in making decisions that affect them and their well-being. To ICA and the communities they represent sovereignty means the right to decide what’s best for our people and territories. See some of the communities ICA partners with on the Support ICA page.
As an example of its media work, and its connections across indigenous peoples globally, ICA sat down with India Logan-Riley from Te Ara Whatu during the REDTIDE Climate Action Summit and Youth Conference in Aotearoa (New Zealand, July 2018).
She discussed the importance of young Indigenous People being involved in climate conversations and the power of Indigenous people coming together to build climate solutions – watch the interview here.
In Sept 2018 in San Francisco, at the Solidarity to Solutions Week countering the Global Action Climate Summit, frontline leaders hosted a rally and delivered an open letter rejecting Governor Jerry Brown’s Climate and Forest Task Force and demanding its cancellation.
Advocates blocked the entrance to Gov. Brown’s Climate and Forest Task Force meeting and risked arrest as they demanded entry. Calling out the false solutions the Task Force continues to push which do nothing to stop global warming, local and international Indigenous leaders delivered an open letter to Governor Brown and members of the Task Force.
The letter states:
You cannot commodify the sacred — we reject these market based climate change solutions and projects like the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation program (REDD+), because they are false solutions that further destroy our rights, our ability to use our forests, and our sovereignty and self-determination. The Governors’ Climate and Forests Task Force does not represent us and has no authority over our peoples and territories.
Other examples of ICA activities include the following:
Although ICA is not involved directly in permaculture, they state that years of experience has taught them that all it takes is one small change to make a big impact – which reflects a key permaculture principle, ‘make the smallest change for the biggest effect’.
As both draw on the deep wisdom and experience of nature, many permaculture principles resonate with the values and principles of indigenous peoples’. Some permaculture principles draw directly on indigenous wisdom, most notably: Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback: “The sins of the fathers are visited on the children of the seventh generation”.
ICA’s work is rooted in discouraging inappropriate activity to ensure that indigenous and natural systems can function well in the future. ICA’s work also relates to the permaculture tool Removal of Limiting Factors: increasing climate literacy, training communities on the rights of indigenous peoples and providing an ICA toolkit all remove factors that limit action being taken by indigenous peoples.
Permaculture Principles in Action: make small changes for big effects; observe & interact; apply self-regulation & accept feedback.
The ICA Toolkit and four focused themes – Gatherings; Amplifying Voices; Producing Resources; and Supporting Indigenous sovereignty – feed and lubricate an education-for-action system and approach.
Experience from ICA could help your project, community or network in relation to:
a) Increasing climate change literacy in your communities.
b) Developing a toolkit to support and grow grassroots mobilization and capacity building
c) Face-to-face interactions and online communications that lead people and coomunities to take action and become agents of change in building a climate stable future.
The inherent indigenous values and principles that sit within and behind ICA’s work are as much an inspiration as the methods they use in their work.
In this sense, permaculture and other movements can be inspired to understand the importance of our values of earth care, people care and fair share being embedded in our hearts and spirits, as well as our minds, for them to be lived through our actions.
The LUSH Spring Prize has been a huge and truly impactful boost for our burgeoning organization.
We were able to grow from a volunteer-run project to a national network with experienced and dedicated staff that are helping us to grow the movement for Indigenous-led climate justice. This enabled us to significantly scale-up our efforts, and achieve greater success in building our network.
As a national organization aiming to connect with communities across a vast geographic region, we have also invested heavily in our electronic and online communications. Since receiving the Prize, ICA have become a source for Indigenous peoples to access tools and information on climate change and climate solutions, and an organization that environmental and ally organizations reach out to.
ICA are becoming the authority on Indigenous-led climate justice. Being a unique Indigenous-led project, we are well-situated to represent our communities, the impacts climate change as in Indigenous territories, and the solutions that we are seeing on the ground. We are so appreciative of companies like LUSH who model a socially and environmentally approach to business.
Haw’aa, mussi cho, and thank you.
ICA is an Indigenous-led organization, guided by a Steering Committee of Indigenous peoples from communities & regions
across the country.
ICA’s staff team was formed in 2017 and now includes Executive Director, Development Director, Director of Operations and Youth Coordinator.
Indigenous Climate Action is fiscally-sponsored by the Polaris Institute, a registered non-profit organization in Canada and 501(c)(3) organization within the United States.
ICA had a healthy 2018 budget with income being balanced between philanthropic money (59.4% grants) and donations from individual friends and supporters (35.8%), and 4.8% earned/other.
ICA’s breakdown of 2018 expenditure (Cdn$556,000) is published in its Annual Report. ICA was a LUSH Spring Prize 2017 winner in the Young Project category (£25,000).
Other opportunities: collaboration with other indigenous peoples’ and climate action organisations around the world.
Initiative Re_ is nomadic. During each collaborative project our team will live alongside remote communities and work in-situ.
Being based locally will enable us to facilitate the development of local skill bases through workshops, training and practical action for ecosystem-based landscape planning, design and management to ensure continued innovation of site specific solutions from within the community itself.
With an emphasis on dryland regeneration we intend our pilot project to be based in Iran within the Chaharmahal Bakhtiari tribal territories.
We will utilise holistic, integrated methods for mitigation and adaptation to climate change, ecosystem function regeneration, habitat creation, biodiversity protection, community empowerment and sustainable livelihood creation.