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ECOLISE

ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability, recognises the unprecedented ecological, social, economic and political threats to dignified life on planet earth. These threats have been provoked by centuries of ongoing extractive and exploitative institutional systems and practices, a structural dependence on unconstrained economic growth, and the unfettered spread of unsustainable lifestyles. ECOLISE was founded in 2014 and is registered as an international non-profit association under Belgian law (AISBL). As of 2020 it has 43 member organisations, registered as legal entities in 18 different EU member states, plus Macedonia and Switzerland. The activities of the members extend to all EU member states, as well as internationally. Communities for Future (CfF) is a new, integrated Europe-wide programme to inspire, empower and enable local community-led responses to the climate and ecological emergency. Focusing on citizen engagement at the sub-municipal (village or neighbourhood) level, CfF also connects communities and stakeholders at other levels (locally, regionally, nationally and European level), helping to build resilience, revive local-to-regional economies and also reimagine and redesign the systems and institutions on which we depend. CfF provides a framework for society to emerge from the Covid-19 crisis in a way that avoids a return to business as usual and accelerates the transition to a new future that is socially just and respectful of planetary boundaries. CfF builds on the experience of the many thousands of communities that are already engaged in this transition, some for several decades. The aim is not to reinvent the wheel but to support the application of existing knowledge and experience on a wider scale. CfF is an initiative of ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability. ECOLISE brings together 41 member organisations all of which are engaged in activities to inspire, support and connect community initiatives in Europe and beyond. CfF will support collaboration at European, as well as the national, regional and local levels. It will be centred around four main domains of action: Inspire, Enable, Advocate and Learn (see Annex 1), which together provide an integrated package of measures to catalyse new conversations and connections at local community level (inspire), support and assist communities to take the leap from awareness to action (enable), work with policy makers to create enabling conditions (advocate) and establish a platform for ongoing knowledge co-creation and peer learning (learn).

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