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Sustainable community focus group: looking towards 2021-2027 citizen-led climate action (CLCA)

September 21

Research shows the significant impact and benefits of sustainable citizen initiatives, both from an ecological, economic and social perspective. All over Europe, local communities are taking action and they are having results. By acting together, often with little or no institutional support, they are reducing carbon emissions, regenerating local economies and increasing social capital. It is essential that the barriers to community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability are clearly removed.

Founded in 1988, the European Association for Information on Local Development (AEIDL) has grown into a knowledge hub that provides support and expertise to empower grassroots initiatives and social innovators. AEIDL has set up a series of events to celebrate its 30th anniversary, including this focus group.

The rationale behind it is that climate emergency is becoming more and more important for a growing number of ‘ordinary’ citizens all over Europe and the world, as witnessed by the increase of climate marches and militant movements. Solutions to this emergency are often small scale and low tech, such as saving electricity, water or waste with simple individual habits, also known as ‘energy sobriety’.

The aim of this focus group is threefold:

  1. Contribute to the third edition of the European Day of Sustainable Communities;
  2. Scrutinise cohesion priorities in order to identify potential citizen climate actions. We would like to explore if there is room for manoeuvre for citizen-led initiatives in the field of energy sobriety, whether the new European programming period (2021-2027) allows for small scale climate action as proposed by citizens’ groupings, and in which way;
  3. Based upon this analysis, we would like to design and produce open and accessible guidance on how to access European funding for citizen-led climate initiatives.

We would be glad to host civil society representatives, practitioners, policy-makers, MEPs, and people involved in citizen climate-action for sustainable cohesion in Europe.

The participation to the focus group is restricted to 25 people. In case you are interested, please contact us. Thank you!


September 21
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