Climate Friendly Communities

2021/03/01

Project duration

01.03.2021 – 31.10.2022

Background information

Grassroots movements and community action play a vital role in shaping the environment we live in, including in fighting climate change. Communities present a fascinating case of uniting individuals to work together towards a common goal – from building stronger societal connections to solving local and global challenges. The impacts of community action are especially visible when the processes and results are shared, and the activities are scaled throughout the region.

To mobilize community action on climate change, a new project was initiated by Nordic Council of Ministers office in Lithuania in partnership with a community center and a social enterprise Miesto Laboratorija (eng.”City Laboratory”) in Vilnius, Lithuania. Together with project partners Dodo from Finland, “Foodsharing i Borås” from Sweden and Nordregio they aim to encourage, empower, and equip communities in Lithuania and Nordic countries to fight climate change.

Project purpose and goals

The project aims to encourage, empower, and equip communities in Lithuanian and Nordic urban areas to fight climate change.

Project activities, the positive examples shared, and the collaborations built throughout the project will spark action and help communities become the solution to climate change, rather than the cause of it.

Project target groups

Existing community groups interested in being more environmentally friendly in Lithuania and Nordic countries.
Ministry and municipality representatives who are keen to support community action and / or are responsible for community development.
Organizations working with community action or with relevant activities communities can take.

Partners

Lead partners:
“Miesto Laboratorija”, Lithuania
Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania

Other partners:
“Dodo”, Finland
“Food Sharing i Borås”, Sweden
“Idėjų lysvė”, Lithuania
“Šilainių sodai”, Lithuania
Nordregio, Sweden

Key events and activities

  1. A series of introductory workshops will explore the role of cities and urban communities in the transition towards low-carbon living. Workshops focus on activities that are both climate friendly and help foster a closer relationship between people and their environments:
    Energy workshop. Event to discuss possibilities to reduce energy use, make one’s own energy or transition towards renewables.
    Mobility workshop. A workshop to emphasize the significance of sustainable travel solutions and the numerous benefits of active travel from mental and physical health to reduced emissions.
    Urban gardening workshop. A workshop to spark interest in urban food production, help participants start their own community gardens, grow their own food, and encourage participants to consider the effort and resources needed to produce the food one eats
    Food workshop. Food waste is a both detrimental financially and contributes to the climate crisis. Food waste reduction workshop will increase knowledge on steps communities can take to reduce waste, from short food to supply chains and partnerships with local farmers to creating a “community fridge” distribution point.
  2. The study visits will focus on sharing knowledge, best practices and common challenges.
  3. Publication of a climate guide for communities. The climate guide will comprise of best practices from Lithuania, Finland and Sweden identified throughout the workshops and a set of practical steps communities can take on to become climate friendly and to involve more different groups of citizens. To further showcase the guide, it will be presented in a document and mini video series format.
  4. International forum “Climate friendly communities” as a mean to explore the role of communities in global movements and showcase the best practices of community action in the region. In tandem with emphasizing the role and cases of community climate action, the event aims to foster collaboration, network and further inspire climate action.