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.
Teresa was always attentive and caring about the world, more or less consciously, but it was with the birth of her first child, Bernardo, that she was absolutely aware of the interconnectedness of life and nature, and the role we can play starting at home to change our ways of living.
Maryknoll Sister Patricia Ryan and members of the indigenous community where she works in Peru came to Washington, D.C. in September to pursue legal efforts to stop a mining company from polluting their sacred land and water. At the same time, Native American Sioux Indians from Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota were leading demonstrations in front of the White House with a very similar goal.
Unemployement and economic instability became widespread for families in Portugal in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crisis. Yet this was not a reason for dispair for Father Samuel Guedes, who decided to take action. He created three social solidarity institutions and a catering social business that sources sustainble and organic products from its own farm. Not only does the project generate employment, but it does so in a way that it respects both people's dignity and the environment.
There are alternatives that work, which respect farmers’ livelihoods while protecting, restoring and preserving the natural resources that are essential to our lives. By persisting and believing in the power of people and communities to work together, imagine and implement solutions that are adapted to their context and environment, changes at different levels are possible.
Around this time-last year Molly McCaffrey travelled to Paris with CAFOD and met with other supporters from CIDSE member organisations. At an event in Parliament, she reflected on the impact the trip to Paris has had on her own life. Their efforts, and that of thousands of other volunteers, charities, organisations and negotiators, resulted in the landmark climate agreement between over 200 countries, which entered into for this month. As climate talks continue this week in Marrakech, it is important to remember the lesson that she learnt on her tip – we can make a difference.
Responsible and conscious co-existence with nature is at the heart of Alfredo Sendim’s approach to farming. As an organic farmer in Portugal, he has learned that ecosystems are delicate and interdependent. Learn more about this fantastic Story of Change.