From 2015 to 2018, Friends of the Earth Europe has been running the global development education and awareness-raising project “School of Sustainability” in 21 countries across Europe. This is part of strengthening our international spirit of solidarity with 75 member groups of Friends of the Earth International, allies, and those directly impacted by environmental and social injustices.
The project has developed the capacities of 32,546 people, from hundreds of communities across Europe, to take action for environmental and social justice, using innovative people-centred and transformative educational approaches, including popular education, theatre, arts and learning-by-doing.
School of Sustainability activities included solidarity and integration work with refugees and migrants in Croatia, Sweden and Malta; actions & civil society meetings as responses to calls for solidarity with human rights defenders like Berta Cáceres all over Europe; European-level trainings on facilitation, unpacking power and privilege and theatre of the oppressed; cooking classes and food workshops in Hungary and Bulgaria; gardening and well-being workshops in Denmark; film festivals and debates e.g. on food sovereignty, degrowth, among others; practical solar energy workshops, and youth camps across Europe – all with the aim of linking system change and global issues to concerns close to home. It was also the foundation of network-wide mobilisation towards the climate talks in Paris. Our People. Power. Action. in Paris was the largest School of Sustainability event in Europe – bringing over 3,000 activists from across the Friends of the Earth federation.
The project in numbers
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