• Save the Date! Launch of Communities for Future

    Tuesday 29th September 2020, 9h30-12h CEST (8.30am-11am BST) Communities for Future is a new, integrated Europe-wide programme to inspire, empower and enable local community-led responses to the climate and ecological emergency. The launch of Communities for Future will explore the potential of communities to revive local economies as we emerge

  • Call for Communities for Future artwork! 

    ECOLISE, with its members and partners, is launching the new Communities for Future action programme on Tuesday 29th September 2020. Artists are asked to join in! How? By designing a poster showing how communities contribute to change. How are communities responding creatively to the climate and ecological emergency, and now

  • 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

  • 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’s system change facilitators initiative receives FundAction grant

    (11 February 2019) :- An ECOLISE initiative to build a community of practice (CoP) of system change facilitators has been chosen by the online assembly of FundAction to receive one of its Rethink grants. Thanks to the grant facilitators from different countries will be enabled to support each other in

  • ECOLISE’s low-carbon open meeting series continues in 2019 – see you online!

    (20 December 2018):- The ECOLISE online meeting series, which aims to seed collaborative developments in raising awareness of community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability, sharing and co-creating knowledge, and influencing policy makers, continues in 2019. The series of monthly meetings began in June 2018. The meetings take place online

  • Communities in 22 countries are celebrating the European Day of Sustainable Communities on 22nd September

    (12th September, 2018; updated 13th & 21st September) – Communities in 22 countries across Europe – from Sweden to Serbia and from Ireland to the Ukraine – are celebrating the 2nd European Day of Sustainable Communities (EDSC) on 22nd September 2018. The EDSC is a celebration of the efforts and

  • A personal view of Global Ecovillage Network Europe’s recent gathering in Estonia

    (8 August 2018) – Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) Europe recently held its annual conference in Estonia. Nara Petrovič from Slovenia, who is an ECOLISE council member, was there along with some 600 participants from around Europe and beyond. He wrote a reflective article about his experience for the Slovenian newspaper,

  • Permaculture lessons from Portugal: arid land to a fertile Eden

    (18 May 2017) – Through simple permaculture practices such as digging swales (ditches) and creating water retention spaces, ecology experts at the Tamera community in southern Portugal have transformed an area on the brink of desertification – and say they can do the same anywhere in the world, reports Anna