In 2016, ESWG common action was focused on Soil and Migration.
Healthy soil is one of the basic rights of people, giving them food, clean water, and a place to live. Soil degradation is mutually linked to climate change, and leads to poverty, instability, vulnerability and eventually conflicts and migration.
With our Common Action – “Let’s Root for Peace” – IVS organisations took position in favour of soil protection and migrants’ rights to build their future in a safe place. While fences were built and borders marked all around the world, citizens and volunteers stood up for peace and created hospitable environments.
All organisations were invited to join the campaign by planting local seeds or trees, in public or private gardens or simply in a vase, during their workcamps. This was not only supposed to be a concrete action that enriches and strengthens soil, but also a symbolic gesture and a statement by the Alliance that will stay in the local communities, showing commitment towards sustainability and peace.
The Let’s Root for Peace action aimed at bringing together volunteers, local hosts and communities, possibly even migrants, and facilitated a common step towards healthy soil and peace.
To facilitate the implementation of Let’s Root for Peace, the Environmental Sustainability Working Group prepared guidelines for camp leaders and local hosts, as well as a Training session and an additional presentation about the topic that could be included in members’ camp leader training.
Volunteers took pictures of the activity, thus creating messages for migrants, citizens and institutions, calls for solidarity, environmental sustainability and intercultural values. They were shared on social media using #Let’sRoot4Peace, #IVSAgainstClimateChange, ,#RaisingPeace, #MakeChangeHappen.