In the late spring and summer of 2017, a group young volunteers from CIDSE member organizations met in Portugal and Belgium to share, learn and experience hands-on the profound transformation we are called to towards more just and sustainable ways of living, in harmony with nature and respecting people’s livelihoods. Here below their stories and reflections from the camps!
Two years ago, Pope Francis released his groundbreaking encyclical Laudato Si’ that describes the social and environmental crisis we are facing and calls on humankind to care for our common home. One group of youth got to experience firsthand the ecological conversion Pope Francis speaks of in his encyclical at a Laudato Si’-inspired camp.
In love with life and in search of freedom. At 25, Maria Meneses, a vibrant young woman from Portugal, discovered there is a word for what she was living: sustainability.
From 9 - 13 May 2017, Change for the Planet - Care for the People, FEC and Casa Velha will bring together close to 100 supporters at a sustainable summer camp in Portugal to reflect and act together for a profound shift in our practices towards more just and sustainable lifestyles.
David Jackson is a member of CAFOD's Live Simply group involved with parish allotment project. Along with his parish and people from the community, they get together to produce organic veggies to share with the charities in the area.
Cities can also become vibrant spaces for change. Santropol Roulant is an inspiring example of urban agriculture in Montreal Canada. It shows how rooftops and kitchens can become sustainable productive spaces, places of exchange, collective work and solidarity, bringing food to people with loss of mobility or autonomy, and by doing so, breaking social isolation.
Dulcineia Carvalho, a volunteer at Associação Casa Velha - Ecologia e Espiritualidade in Portugal, reminds us of the power of small actions to enhance change by caring for each other and by taking small, concrete steps in our everyday lives to preserve the environment.
The CIDSE Campaign “Change for the Planet - Care for the People” invites you to participate in its first international photo competition. This initiative seeks to capture the imagination and creativity of photography enthusiasts - both professional and amateur - keen to share their special take on citizen-led initiatives around the sustainable production and consumption of food and energy around the world.
There is always something we can do to contribute to the change we want to see in our world. One of which is the way we consume our food. Christophe Nothomb, tells us about his experience of coordinating a network of solidarity-based buying groups in Brussels (Réseau des GASAP) and how it challenges our consumption patterns, through this motivating story of change.
We believe in the power of stories to contribute to positive change by bringing forth the tales of ordinary people, their struggles, ideas and the sustainable initiatives they build day by day. Focusing this year on sustainable food production and consumption, the campaign ‘Change for the Planet – Care for the People’ has launched its first ‘Stories of Change: Sustainable food for the people and the planet’ video series.