Join a Climate for Peace workcamp

When searching for a workcamp that’s perfect for you, among many specific topics, you can also select “Climate for Peace”. Any workcamp can get this label, as long as organizers agree to follow certain criteria explained in Climate for Peace workcamp guidelines. 

Introduction to permaculture, Gaia Kosovo (2015)

They concern sustainable living (e.g. vegan or vegetarian diet, avoiding waste, choosing environmentally friendly means of transport), the study part (e.g. understanding better the connection between peace, human rights and climate change, exploring solutions to climate change) and the work part (e.g. contributing to reducing our impact on the environment, helping communities impacted by climate change). But even if the work part is not directly related to climate change or environment, volunteers can still add small elements to their schedule, like planting trees or guerilla gardens. The goal is to make these guidelines a standard for every SCI project, because climate protection is the contemporary peacebuilding.

Climate change impacts already are contributing to escalation of conflicts (e.g. the long-lasting drought was one of the factors that drove people out of the countryside to the cities and led to increasing social tensions in the Middle East), driving people out of their homes due to extreme weather events (like typhoons or increased flooding which can be traced back to changing climate), or rising sea levels (like in the case of low-lying islands, where many of them are doomed to disappear under the water and their inhabitants will lose their homes and heritage). This is why SCI volunteers are becoming part of the solution through participation in “Climate for Peace” projects. Experiencing alternative lifestyle during a workcamp can contribute to raising awareness and long-term impact on volunteers’ attitudes and values.

So this year consider joining a Climate for Peace workcamp like living in the sustainable Tatanka Wakpala community in South Dakota, “change the world” in a festival on alternative ways of living in Belgium, work on adequate shelter and healthy nutrition with communities in Mauritius, plant mangrove trees to protect the coastline in Indonesia, work at a sea turtle sanctuary in Mexico, bear sanctuary in Croatia, or wolf sanctuary in the US! And more projects to come!

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