By European Network for Community-Led Initiatives on Climate Change and Sustainability (ECOLISE)
The European Day of Sustainable Communities #EDaySC2018 on 22 September is a celebration of the efforts and achievements of the thousands of local communities across Europe who are taking action for a better, more sustainable world.
It is also about raising awareness among policy makers, at all levels – European Union, national, regional and local/municipal, of the scope and potential of community-led action on climate change and sustainability.
“We invite anyone who is working locally for a more equitable, sustainable, low-carbon society to help us celebrate the day by organising an event, however small, and registering it on our site,” says Eamon O’Hara, Executive Director of ECOLISE and the main organiser of #EDaySC.
Last year in 2017, groups of pioneering communities in 15 countries, from the Balkans to the Baltic Sea and along the western fringe of Europe, celebrated the first #EDaySC.
“In 2018 we want to build on this success. Already, at the end of May, communities in six countries had registered on our new website,” says O’Hara.
Within the context of day, ECOLISE is also co-hosting a conference in Brussels ‘Citizens, communities and municipalities working together for grassroots climate action’ with the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), in collaboration with Transition Network and the Committee of the Regions (CoR).
ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability, is a coalition of national and international networks of community-led initiatives on sustainability and climate change, as well as organisations that support a community-led transition to a resilient Europe.