EcoVannin is not ploughing a lonely furrow - there are huge opportunities, both economically and in terms of the wellbeing of people and planet, in planning for and creating a sustainable future. The weight of creativity, money and people-power focused on this 'new economy' is immense, and the Isle of Man can not only be a part of it - it can, with the right impetus, show many others the way!
We've taken inspiration from examples around the world, some of which you might like to explore yourselves. For example:
Through the Department of Economic Development, the Isle of Man is now a member of the SMILEGOV project - an EU-funded initiative aimed at helping island communities such as ours identify bankable, practicable ways of achieving sustainability in everything from energy to transport and food. We've already taken part in useful workshops with SMILEGOV, and the relationship is proving informative and inspiring. You can find out more at www.sustainableisland.eu
The Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR), a group of islands associated with SMILEGOV - including the Isle of Man - which have some common characteristics and so work together to share know-how on the practicalities of implementing various projects.
We took initial inspiration from the EcoIslands project in the Isle of Wight - itself also now a member of SMILEGOV, and making significant achievements in terms of energy and food resilience, price security and security of supply for its people.
Groups such as The Small Island States Foundation (www.smallislandstates.org), Carbon War-room (www.carbonwarroom.com) and many others showcase ideas, opportunities for co-operation and the unique opportunities and challenges of those of us living on islands.
Islands such as Samso, off the coast of Denmark, have shown us that places with climates not so different from ours can generate 100% clean, renewable energy for their citizens and businesses - and enough over to export to the mainland, earning valuable income for their community. You can learn more at http://ecowatch.com/2014/05/01/samso-renewable-energy-island-sustainable-communities/ - and there are many more examples around the world.
The REconomy Project has developed out of the Transition movement and is geared up towards supporting grassroots action such as the formation of small community enterprises that focus on local economies. These community businesses typically trade using sustainable principles and consider issues such as fairness and well-being rather than economic growth at all costs. The website has a wealth of resources as well as plenty of inspiring stories. http://www.reconomy.org/
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