Posted by JamesClaitor@gmail.com, on 11 Apr 2020
We’ve lost funding due to COVID-19 related event cancellations. We’re fundraising for a new project.
Our organization, Permaculture Action Network, has lost $25,000 in funding due to the shelter-in-place event cancellations during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve had to cancel action days, benefit concerts, and workshops. We are asking for donations to recover this funding, and direct it toward our Just Transition Mapping Project and our continued growth. This funding is essential to our project and the livelihood of our team of organizers.
On-the-ground and in-person gatherings are the core of what we do. They are also how we bring in revenue to keep doing the work and sustain our team. Over the years these events have included more than 100 Permaculture Action Days; dozens of Permaculture Action Hubs and workshop spaces, and many courses, trainings, and special events.
The Just Transition Mapping Project
We’re building a Just Transition Map - a map of community spaces, infrastructure, and place-based projects that are establishing viable alternatives to the extractive economy.
These include urban farms providing free and affordable organic food to low income folks, community gardens growing and distributing medicine, and other community spaces providing for people’s material needs while restoring ecosystem health and building land-based autonomy.
Well before the pandemic began we planned this new initiative. Now, while sheltered-in-place to prevent spread of the virus, we are able to focus on it more fully.
How Will the Map Be Used?
The Just Transition Map will connect people to physical spaces that are regenerating land and communities, including past Permaculture Action Day host sites and many projects beyond our existing partners. We’ll share open hours, ways to get involved, contact information, and information on physical infrastructure, including systems we’ve built and planted during past action days.
The map will highlight exemplary sites working at the intersections of food sovereignty, land access, mutual aid, and social & ecological justice. This mapping project makes readily available information and pathways that can otherwise be hard to establish, connecting thousands of people in direct relationship with the projects, organizations, and spaces in their communities building a just and regenerative world.
Facing COVID-19 reveals to us just how important this work is: people are waiting in lines outside of grocery stores and many shelves are empty; extractive supply chains that provide most of our material needs are being recognized for their fragility; communities are lacking basic care—and amazingly people are recognizing the need for mutual aid networks and local production & distribution of essentials. This work centers the movement toward localization of community resources, supporting those building resilience and creating community solutions to the crisis of the extractive economy.
Permaculture Action Network is catalyzing the just transition by mobilizing hundreds of people at a time to exemplary sites around the country where communities are shaping their own land-based solutions to economic and ecological crises. We work in collaboration with community-led projects to provide direct material support that grows the infrastructure of solidarity economies and promotes ecological living. At the same time, we bring thousands of people into a larger movement - inspiring them through our artist partnerships at music & cultural events (our primary outreach mechanism), teaching them new skills & frameworks, and linking them up with local organizations in their own communities for ongoing work.
We need to raise funds immediately to recover from the financial costs of the shelter-in-place. However, we'd be honored to have you as a regular contributor. Change your contribution frequency from "one time" to monthly or quarterly if you'd like to be an ongoing supporter of our work.
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