Community-Led Initaitives and SDG10: Reduced Inequalities
Community-led initiatives place close attention to addressing distributive and procedural inequalities. Sharing and cooperation are basic common values, put into practice by various mechanisms for fairer allocation of resources and inclusive governance. Central to both of these are commons and commoning as key organisational structures and strategies: where users and stakeholders co-organise on an inclusive basis to make decisions about management and use of resources that affect them.
Specific approaches include:
- Promoting food sovereignty by developing new, often localised, production and supply chains that cultivate relationships between producers, land and consumers; improving access to fresh, healthy, natural foods, supporting financial sustainability of producers and freeing food supply from the control of large agribusiness and supermarket chains. A 2015 report on community-supported-agriculture and similar food sovereignty initiatives (such as Italian solidarity purchasing) in Europe documented activity in at least 21 European countries and recorded 6,300 initiatives involving over one million consumers.
- Promoting energy sovereignty by creating community-owned renewable energy systems that allocate energy fairly, redistribute revenues to communities and community projects and reduce dependence on extractive industries supplying fossil fuels and nuclear power. The [REScoop] federation of European renewable energy cooperatives estimates A report on energy citizens from CE Delft (both RECs and prosumers estimates that by 2050, 83 per cent of homes in the EU (around 187 million households) could potentially become energy citizens and contribute to equitable renewable energy production, demand response and/or energy storage.
- Involving diverse participants and explicitly seeking to address social, racial, gender and other kind of inequalities. This is in line with the 'Fair Shares' principle, one of the three permaculture ethics that are also central to the work of other CLI movements like ecovillages and the Transition movement.
- Provide and support innovative responses to crisis situations. Global Ecovillage Network's EmerGENcies programme, which brings support based on ecovillage experiences to communities that have faced displacement, migration or disaster. First addressing immediate crisis needs such as food, water, sanitation and housing it then supports long-term rehabilitation and recovery that draw on ecovillage design processes.
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- https://ecovillage.org/projects/ecovillage-programmes/emergencies/. Accessed Feb 12th 2019.
- Dregger, L., Queblatin, S., 2016. Ecovillage Strategies in Areas of Crisis. Communities 21-23, 75.