01.03.2021 – 31.10.2022
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.
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.
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.
“Miesto Laboratorija”, Lithuania
Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Lithuania
“Food Sharing i Borås”, Sweden
“Idėjų lysvė”, Lithuania
“Šilainių sodai”, Lithuania
Community initiatives play a key role in creating and shaping the environment in which we live and have the potential to help tackle global challenges. Today we ask – how can community energy help fight climate change?
On April 22 at 3 p.m. we had an event to discussed how to find the key to big change through community initiatives and we focus on energy. At the event, we examined what practices the Nordic countries are proud of, what perspectives are envisaged for Lithuania and what actions and measures can be taken by those who want to act here and now.
MARTYNAS NAGEVIČIUS: energy expert, president of the Lithuanian Renewable Energy Confederation, director of the Lithuanian Association of Energy Consultants, public figure, politician.
JANNE KAPYLEHTO: inventor, scientist, engineer and extremely interesting personality
Panel discussion: Deputy Minister of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania DARIUS KVEDARAVIČIUS, MARTYNAS NAGEVIČIUS and JANNE KAPYLEHTO discussed community energy prospects and possibilities in Lithuania and Nordics. The discussion was moderated by LRT journalist VAIDA PILIBAITYTĖ.
One of the biggest environmental challenges today is mobility.
A dense network of vehicles and transport systems is required to meet even the basic needs of urban economy – cars, buses, trucks etc. and each one of them leave their carbon footprint.
1/4 of global CO2 emissions comes from transporting people and goods – that makes solutions for sustainable mobility a hot challenge for cities. Thus, every one of us need to make a choice: exchange cars for public transport or other sustainable means of transport – like bicycles, electromobiles or electric scooters, maybe even walk more or share cars with neighbours.
We are empowered to offer and develop solutions ourselves to ensure sustainable mobility and more climate-friendly alternatives. That is what we discussed on June 16th during a hybrid event with participants choosing physical participation or live broadcast.
dr. Kristina Gaučė – mobility expert, founder and manager of UAB “Gaučė ir Ko”.
Anton Nikitin – Vilnius City Municipality’s Chief Engineer and Advisor to Administration.
Swedish Cycling Cities – an association of Sweden’s most ambitious municipalities and organisations dedicated to working for increased and safer cycling.
Eduardas Kriščiūnas – Chairman of the Lithuanian Cycling Association, active member of Antakalnis’ community council, who has also worked as an advisor to the mayor of Vilnius on transport and urban development matters in 2011-2015.
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