CELL

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The Centre for Ecological Learning Luxembourg (CELL) is a national and regional hub for permaculture and Transition and works on commons based governance. It is legally structured as a non-profit organisation and operates as a commons and in addition supports establishment of new organisations for creation and management of common pool resources.

Luxembourg Transition platform / CELL

10 people employed running different projects, incl. longer-term project in the context of the national climate pact to help municipalities involve citizens in local sustainability projects, other project on creating a Reconomy ecosystem, further project on evolving a national network of community gardens with exchange of practices and citizen science, project on building the first Earthship in the country and running it as a community-based showcase meeting place.

Transition was even mentioned in the news government programme (of Luxembourg): has very ambitious climate change adaptation targets, 55% carbon emission reductions with rising demographics, only achievable by lifestyle changes, not only technological improvements. Ministry of Energy and Territorial Development and Ministry of Environment want Transition platform to support this. Shows complementarity of what policy-makers and social movements can do together.


Collaborations

Relationships with related organisations are cooperative in nature, enacting an ecological model in which each helps create conditions for the success of others. CELL is currently developing design and consultancy services as an income-generating regenerative enterprise. Resulting financial surpluses will be redistributed through its organisational ecology towards citizen groups whose activities do not generate income. This is one way in which CELL cultivates conditions for the emergence of a constellation of organisations with diverse legal forms, pursuing distinct specific objectives within a common aim of promoting societal and environmental health through citizen-led responses to climate change.

A key project that has emerged from CELL is TERRA (Transition and Education for a Resilient and Regenerative Agriculture), a food-growing, educational and community-building project founded in 2014.

TERRA operates a form of Community Supported Agriculture (equivalent to AMAPs in France and Solidarlandwirtschaft in Germany) a relatively new model of food production and distribution that rests on cooperative legal forms and seeks to blur the distinction between consumer and producer. TERRA operates as a cooperative society whose 150 members act as co-owners and co-managers. It supports three paid employees whose work constitutes an ongoing programme of action learning on soil regeneration, agroecology, popular education, and use of social technologies: running the farm, distributing weekly produce shares to members, and organising learning events and seasonal celebrations. After only one year TERRA had increased availability of locally produced organic food and achieved measurable improvements in soil quality, showing concrete progress towards its long-term aim of combining physical and social techniques to help build a more climate-resilient food system.

Further Information

https://www.cell.lu