“One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.”
– Shannon L. Alder 


The topic of climate change can be very frustrating and when only focussing on the facts very harmful in its action potential. Therefore, it is important to share what is already being done, empower rural areas that their stance in this is important because they are essential players in the field of maintaining or even restoring natural resources while already oberserving many of the damages caused by the climate emergency. With ‘GIRA’ we hope to foster civic engagement and show that there are already good examples, where people-led movements have started combatting climate change in their unique way. Every participating rural area – in Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Germany, Poland and Greece – have shown that a variety of different efforts already exist. Feel free to review our transnational project meetings and see what other initiatives might have already begun. Climate change doesn’t stop at borders!

GIRA: Follow our steps via Video!

The French Radio Sensation / TV78 had been following our project from the very beginning, covering all our transnational project meetings, where visits to local stakeholders such as regenerative farms, schools, civil movements and initiatives, circular economy corporations and many more have taken place. The nearly 20min episodes review the project, give insight into the visited sites and include interviews with both participants from all participating countries and the organizations visited.

Published on Youtube on their official channel – see here: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLmscMd5GBLRgBBNBn45jaqdKUm-UbaOnH

or on our website within each transnational project meeting – see here http://ruralareas.eu/transnat-meetings/

you can have a watch and review what GIRA consisted of,  get inspired by international best practice examples and learn about initiatives, policies and  support!

1st transnational meeting in focus…

Don’t judge wrongly. Although the people in the steering committee screenshot seem liked bored to death but we were actually more than enthusiastic as we did plan for our first transnational meeting in our project as the pandemic seems to give us the opportunity to travel again after the summer break.

Our recent handed-in progress report got back very positively from the German NA. As we showed even though we were pretty limited by the pandemic and this in the kick-off period of this project we still managed to initiate activities and delved into our chosen topic.

Now, we can start and plan the next steps. Push your thumps that we will really be able to meet in September to intensify our project.


Sweden published GIRA newsletter No. 2

The Swedish friends from the Europahuset Gävleborg did produce a newsletter with different Q&As with partners of our joint projekt. A nice way of keeping the bond in the pandemic and reconsider issues of the project.  Thus, we keep in people involved in the project and keep on thinking about our goals and the incentives why we do this project. Well done, Sweden, nice commitment. Just click the pic for the downlodable PDF version of the newsletter.

„EUROPOLIS. Cities for the European Green Deal” – a Polish initiative

Europolis is one of the largest annual meetings on urban development in Poland, initiated in 2013 by the Schuman Foundation, Capital City of Warsaw and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Since 2015, the conference has been accompanied by the publication of the Schuman Foundation’s and partners’ report on polish cities.

Last conference „EUROPOLIS. Cities for the European Green Deal”: was on June 10 at the Copernicus Science Center in Warsaw and / or online.

Some information can be found here on the website.

The whole debate is still vailable on Youtube incl. a Speech of Timmermans at the beginnig:

Consuming locally in the Netherlands

A group of inhabitants from Bolsward and the surrounding area founded the second Frisian foodcoöperation. It is called Buurtmarkt Eco-erf Bolsward. They now have 20 members. The aim of the Buurtmarkt is to mainly consume locally what is locally produced.

At the moment nine producers of various products, such as bread, cheese, eggs, vegetables, meat and dairy are involved. They sell their produce straight to the members of the coöperation. Each week members can order what they want. On Saturday morning the producers bring this to a central point, where volunteers divide the products for the members.

More on Facebook or here on the website.

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