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In the framework of the ClimATE Change project Polish Green Network organized in 2014 three open public events in Wroclaw, Krakow and Warsaw. The events were prepared in cooperation with various local partners and their aim was to disseminate the knowledge about the project themes among the wider public in Poland. We wanted to show the participants how they can support sustainable agriculture which protects climate and natural resources both locally and globally.
The event in Wroclaw was titled "Community Supported Agriculture Day" and was co-organized with the PGN member organization, Fundacja EkoRozowju (Foundation for Sustainable Development). It was held on the 24th May 2014 during the ecological fair "EkoJarmark". This ecological fair, organized by Fundacja EkoRozwoju already for more than 12 years, is one of the biggest annual events in Poland that promotes organic and local products as well as sustainable agriculture.
Our whole day event consisted of workshops, presentations, local food tasting and a discussion meeting. The participants had an opportunity to take part in practical workshops in urban gardening as well as presentations about food production by local farmers. The discussion meeting "Local food - cooperation between farmers and consumers" was directed at everyone interested in learning more about urban consumer movements such as food cooperatives and community supported agriculture initiatives. The last point of the event was screening of the film "Au coeur de la proximité" about the community supported agriculture examples in Switzerland.
Our second event was organized in Krakow in cooperation with Wawel Food Cooperative. It was held on the 8th June 2014 and titled "Open Cooperation Picnic". The event was organized as a second day of the III Open Congress of Cooperatives and was aimed at everyone interested in local food, cooperative initiatives, sharing economy, local integration and civil activism.
Our event's motto was "Power in Coop" and it consisted of various workshops, presentations, lectures and discussions. On the so-called "Stage of Good Ideas" numerous organizations, groups, movements and individuals presented different ways in which people can support sustainable agriculture and cooperate to create better world both locally and globally. Among the workshops held by different organizations and groups especially popular were those about permaculture gardening and building hives for wild pollinators. Throughout the day there was also a local food fair where participants could buy products from local farmers.
Our last event was held on the 30th August 2014 in Warsaw. It was organized in cooperation with Food Cooperative "Dobrze" and Institute for Global Responsibility. The event was titled "(Not only) NUTRITIONAL VALUES. Food cooperatives or supermarkets? Your choice matters!" and was combined with the official opening of the first grocery store in Poland managed by a food cooperative.
Our event lasted the whole day and had an educational character. Among the themes of numerous workshops, lectures and presentations were: urban gardening for adults and children, healthy agriculture, tragedy of commons, food cooperatives. In the afternoon there was a stage of ideas titled "Food-Cooperation-Environment", where various organizations presented such issues as climate change and agriculture, global struggle for food sovereignty, community supported agriculture movement. The event finished with the panel discussion about sustainable food production and consumption and a common dinner.
The international conference "Future Agriculture Farmer- and Climate-friendly" will be held on the 12-13 December 2014 in Warsaw, Poland. The Conference is organized by Polish Green Network in the framework of the ClimATE Change project.
Agriculture is an important source of the greenhouse gas emissions and at the same time climate change threatens food production in Europe and other regions of the world. Agriculture – one of the causes and victims of climate change – can also be one the best tools for climate protection.
The conference will try to answer the question, how farmers and food consumers around the world can protect climate and natural resources. The event will consist of two days: the first one will be the actual conference and on the second one there will be a study visit in the Mazovia region farms.
The conference is directed especially at people interested in the issues of sustainable agriculture, rural communities development and the growth of food consumer movements and initiatives.
You can download the detailed conference programme on the left.
What are the interdependencies between climate change and agriculture? How can farmers protect climate? How can they manage local natural resources in ways which are sustainable and protect biodiversity? These are some of the questions Polish Green Network tried to address together with the participants of three workshops organized in Poland in the framework of the ClimATE Change project.
In the context of the UN Climate Conference in Warsaw (COP19) in November 2013 Polish Green Network published the Polish translation of the Oxfam report about the impact of climate change on the causes of hunger in the world.
The open public event "(Not only) NUTRITIONAL VALUES. Food cooperatives or supermarkets? Your choice matters!" co-organized by Polish Green Network will be held on the 30th August 2014 in Warsaw. The event will consist of various workshop, lectures, presentations, discussions and food tasting and it will be combined with the opening of the first grocery store in Poland managed by a food cooperative.
The public event "Open Cooperation Picnic" co-organized by Polish Green Network will be held on the 8th June 2014 in Krakow. The event will consist of various workshops, presentations, lectures, discussions and local food fair.
The open public event "Community Supported Agriculture Day" co-organized by Polish Green Network will be held on the 24th May 2014 during the ecological fair "EkoJarmark" in Wroclaw. The event will consist of workshops, presentations, local product tasting, discussions and film screening.
Workshop "Climate for farmers - agriculture and climate change" for the participants from the Lower Silesia region will be held on 11-12 March 2014 in Wroclaw.
Workshop "Climate for farmers - agriculture and climate change" for the participants from the Lesser Poland and Upper Silesia regions will be held on 27-28 February 2014 in Krakow.
This contest has been produced with the assistance of the European Union. The contents of this contest are the sole responsibility of the partners implementing the project “ClimATE Change – Enhancing competences on relationship between MDG 1 and 7 as effective approach to meet both goals ‐ DCI‐NSAED/2012/280‐ 926” and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.