Degrowth is a movement that advocates for a transition to a stable and equitable economy. It is based on the reality that we need to reduce our material consumption and economic growth in order to protect the environment and improve human well-being.
One of the best ways to get involved in the degrowth movement is to start a local group. This can be a great way to meet other people who share your values, learn more about degrowth, and take action to create a more sustainable and equitable community.
Here are some tips on how to start a local degrowth group:
1. Identify potential members. Talk to your friends, neighbours, and colleagues to see if anyone is interested in joining a degrowth group. You can also reach out to local environmental and social justice organisations to see if they have any members who might be interested.
2. Plan an initial meeting. Once you have a few potential members, schedule an initial meeting to discuss your goals and ideas for the group. You may want to invite a speaker from another degrowth group or organisation to give a presentation.
3. Decide on a meeting format. Will you meet regularly, such as once a month? Will your meetings be structured or informal? Will you focus on education, activism, or both? Decide on a format that will work for your group and its members. There are many potential modes of advocacy.
4. Spread the word. Once you have a meeting format in place, start spreading the word about your group. You can post flyers around town, share information on social media, and reach out to local media outlets.
5. Get involved in your community. One of the best ways to promote degrowth and provide an alternative to the mainstream discource is to get involved in community events. You can work with local businesses and organisations to promote sustainable practices. You can also organise events and workshops to educate the public about degrowth. You can write to your council and newspaper (templates coming!).
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Here are some additional tips that may be helpful:
• Start small. It's better to start with a small group of dedicated members than a large group of people who are only casually interested.
• Be inclusive. Welcome people from all walks of life to join your group. Degrowth
is a movement for everyone.
• Be patient. It takes time to build a successful local degrowth group. Don't get
discouraged if you don't see results immediately.
Here are some examples of activities that your local degrowth group could do:
• Host educational events and workshops. This could include topics such as voluntary simplicity and anti-consumerist living, degrowth economics, and climate justice.
• Organise community activities such as community gardens, repair cafes, and food swaps. These activities can help to build community and promote sustainable practices, with a focus on localisation.
• Work with local businesses and organisations to promote sustainable practices. This
could include encouraging them to use renewable energy, reduce their waste, and
source their products locally.
• Advocate for policies that support degrowth. This could include things like a shorter workweek, a universal basic income, and a carbon tax.
Starting a local degrowth group is a great way to get involved in the movement and make a difference in your community. By following the tips above, you can create a successful group that will help to build collaboration and promote a more stable and equitable future.