• ECOLISE welcomes five new members from Ireland, Portugal, Romania and Spain

    (17 April 2018) – The ECOLISE network has grown to 43 member organisations and networks following the welcoming of five new organisations at the recent annual General Assembly in Luxembourg. The five are: Carraig Dulra, which focuses on permaculture training and education in Ireland; Caixa de Mitos, which supports social

  • Sharing stories, building empathy and making wise decisions – Talanoa comes to Brussels

    (10 April 2018) – Talanoa, a traditional process of inclusive, participatory and transparent dialogue from the Pacific islands, comes to Brussels next week in the form of an event organised by the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Dialogue on Non-State Climate Action. The event recognises that the shift

  • Calling all social innovators! Your final chance to co-produce a Declaration for Social Innovation

    (9 April 2018) – If you are part of Europe’s diverse social innovation community you have a few days left to help co-produce a European Declaration for Social Innovation. How? By completing a short 5 minute survey (English version). It is part of a series of public consultations that have been

  • ECOLISE members reiterate the need for government and EU support for community-led initiatives

    Hollenfells, Luxembourg (28 March 2018) – ECOLISE  member organisations have reiterated their call on policy makers from the local to the European level to recognise and support the vital role that grassroots organisations are playing in the transition to a healthy and sustainable zero-carbon society. The 43 leading networks and

  • EESC pushes for European dialogue on citizen-led climate action

    (28 February 2018) – The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) continued its support for grassroots climate action by recently calling for a European dialogue to strengthen and increase the scope and scale of European-based climate initiatives led by citizens, innovative businesses and various civil society stakeholders, collectively referred to

  • EU climate diplomacy statement recognises the role of local communities

    (5 March 2018) – In a policy statement on climate diplomacy the Council of the EU has for the first time acknowledged the role of local communities in dealing with climate change. The Council’s conclusions  issued on 26 February state that the EU “stresses the role to be played by

  • Le nouvel appel à projet de mobilisation collective pour le développement rural en France est publié

    (23 January 2018) – Le second appel à projet (AAP) de mobilisation collective pour le développement rural a été officiellement publié. Initié par le Réseau rural national, cet appel à projet vise à soutenir des projets collectifs, nationaux ou interrégionaux en faveur de la ruralité et qui entrent dans les objectifs

  • Have your say on the EU’s long-term budget!

    (23 January 2018) – The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the EU’s long–term budget after 2020, inviting citizens to give their opinion on past and future programmes, many of which deal with environment, climate and energy. During 2018, the Commission will make comprehensive proposals for the next

  • Ten essentials for action-oriented research

    (22 January 2018) – Researchers have come up with a list of ten essentials for action-oriented research that will accelerate learning about how to achieve transformations to sustainability. The first three essentials are a focus on transformations to low-carbon, resilient living; on solution processes and on ‘how to’ practical knowledge.

  • Citizen science research project begins in Luxembourg’s community gardens

    (19 December 2018) – A collaborative citizen research project involving community gardeners, allotment holders and natural and social scientists from the Natural History Museum and CELL, the Centre for Ecological Learning Luxembourg, has begun in Luxembourg. “We would like to produce the kind of knowledge that interests both gardeners and