How to live together in a one planet world
In September, we will explore the roof of this house and unleash our imagination to tackle the complex subject of how to live together on one planet. This introductory month will include transition initiatives, strategies for collective resilience, and the use of stories as tools for transformation.
SAVE THE DATE : Opening talk of Transition Days 2020 by Rob Hopkins
Food crystallises many challenges for a sustainable future, and is often the first topic addressed when talking about Transition. So let’s start in October in the first room of the house: the kitchen. There we will discuss food issues: impact, waste, sovereignty, alternatives… to imagine a food transition for the Grand-Duchy.
We will then move on to the workshop, where we design, repair and build. Energy and technology – but also low technology – will be in the limelight this November.
We will have the opportunity to reflect on our collective and individual relationship to technology, and to get our hands dirty at a big repair café where we can take apart, reassemble, nail, sew or saw.
December will be devoted to the office, where we will discuss the issues of work, money and office technology.
It is now common knowledge that office technologies have a considerable ecological and social impact. In our office, we will try to understand why this impact is so important, and how to reduce it from a social and environmental point of view.
Work and money are an important part of our lives, were it only because of the time they take up in our lives. All over the world, transition actors are developing alternative economic projects and showing new ways of providing goods and services. How can we enhance existing projects and invent new ones? We will try to answer these questions in December.
In January, we will settle down comfortably in the bedroom. This place brings together the themes of inner transition, education, childhood and recreation.
Changing the world by taking care of oneself: a paradox? Life is beautiful but energy-consuming: work, struggles, family, stress, eco-anxiety… So we want to talk about ways to take care of ourselves in all these aspects. Resilience is also an inner process, which will be evoked during this month, without injunctions but by exploring different ways to build it. And when we talk about inner transition, how can we not talk about childhood and education?
February will be devoted to knowledge, culture and collective intelligence. A resilient and responsible world is certainly not a world without culture! Without revealing the full programme, we can already tell you that lifelong learning, citizen collaboration and the impact of art on communities will be at the heart of February’s programme.
What other field but imagination and knowledge are better able to build a different future? February will present us with a blank canvas and the tools that go with it for this collective creation.
We will spend March in the garage to discuss mobility, a subject that is so important in the Grand Duchy. We will also address the topics of land use, spatial development and urban space. What role for citizens in these issues? What are the inspiring examples from elsewhere and how can they be adapted in Luxembourg? This month’s entire programme will be devoted to giving us food for thought in order to invent a Luxembourg project.
April will be dedicated to the bathroom, which includes Do It Yourself topics, clothes and of course water. Without water, there is no life, and the consumption of objects and clothes has a huge impact on the planet’s water resources. After the scandals of recent years, most of us are aware that our material consumption exceeds the capacity of our planet and is a source of glaring inequalities. In April, we will explore in more detail the impact of clothing and ways (Do It Yourself, second hand, sharing…) to reduce it. Our focus will also be on water, which is not only impacted by the clothing industry and is a precious resource: what is the situation in Luxembourg? What is the impact of a simple act of consumption?
May will be dedicated to the garden. We will discuss the themes of food self-sufficiency, biodiversity, but also cooperation and conviviality. The garden covers many aspects, whether technical, political or philosophical, which is why the month of May will alternate between theory and practice with a conference but also a plant exchange and numerous workshops.
Luxembourg abounds in initiatives around the garden that we will discover in May and perhaps get involved on a long-term basis afterwards.