• A Potato Revolt begins in Sweden in response to covid-19

    On 11th April 2020 a handful of local citizens in the north Swedish town of Söderhamn marched to the city hall demanding action on food production in light of the Covid-19 crisis. Their actions have sparked similar protests around Sweden, reminiscent of the Potato Revolt of 103 years ago. At

  • New report: the untapped climate action potential of EU regional development funds

    A new report highlights how little EU countries are using existing EU regional development funds to transition to climate neutrality. Published by Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe, of which ECOLISE is a member, the report shows how Member States must make climate action a much bigger priority of future EU

  • Call for Smart Rural 21 project extended to 11th May

    The Smart Rural project is a two and a half-year project supported by the European Commission (DG AGRI). Its overall aim is to promote and inspire villages to develop and implement smart village approaches and strategies across Europe, and to draw conclusions and support future policy interventions on smart villages.

  • ECOLISE General Assembly shows the strength of communities at a time of crisis

    Over 50 people from across Europe gathered online at the annual ECOLISE General Assembly recently, in a remarkable show of social connection at the height of an unprecedented global crisis. “The pandemic accentuates that what we have been doing for the last five years is gaining relevance all the time,”

  • An intern’s take on ECOLISE – flexible, caring, experimental

    Lilian Seidler recently brought her can-do attitude, good humour, intelligence and creativity to the ECOLISE team for an action-packed internship. Here she tells us how she found the experience: My Master’s degree in peace and conflict studies at the Phillips-University of Marburg required me to do a three month international

  • Call open! Join Barcelona UrbanA Arena ‘Justice Challenges in Urban Sustainability’, 4-5 June

    Are you passionate about justice and sustainability in cities? Are you happy to step outside your comfort zone? On 4-5 June the Institute of Environmental Science and Technology at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona is hosting the second UrbanA Arena.  Join the UrbanA community of practice for a challenging event. There

  • ECOLISE joins Irish climate justice seminar

    ECOLISE communications coordinator Iva Pocock recently attended a seminar in Ballinasloe, Co Galway, entitled ‘Towards Climate Justice, exploring community work and human rights perspectives on climate justice’. Organised by Community Work Ireland (CWI), which works for social change that will contribute to the creation of a just, sustainable and equal

  • Meeting in German community focusses on upscaling ecovillage solutions

    Participants in the Ecovillage Transition in Action project recently gathered in Schloss Tempelhof community in Germany  to continue to develop a methodology for upscaling ecovillage solutions. Funded by ERASMUS+, the project looks at solutions and best practices applied in ecovillages and their cousin community-led initiatives to address complex social problems.

  • ECOLISE is hiring! Seeks Deputy Director & Policy Assistant

    ECOLISE is recruiting for the posts of Deputy Director and Policy Assistant ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability, is now at an exciting stage in its development. It will soon be opening an office in Brussels and is currently recruiting for the posts of

  • Communities for Future Online Summit

    The Communities for Future Summit is a rich online experience hosted by ECOLISE member Global Ecovillage Network (GEN). It features 32 leading-edge thinkers and leaders from around the globe who are engaging in concrete action for a just and regenerative future. From former UN Human Rights Commissioner, Mary Robinson, to