SUSTAINABLE CITIES: REMEDIES AGAINST ECOANXIETY

Ciudades Sostenibles

Picture: Patri Nieto

Cities are responsible for the emission of 75% of all greenhouse gases. But cities are also at the forefront of the most far-reaching transformations to make sustainability a reality. To counteract ecoanxiety, the best remedy is putting into practice practical measures. To discover the kinds of actions that are already being implemented in other places. And to borrow inspiration from their experience. In this cycle of four workshops we will overview the main proposals coming from cities all over the world to fight the environmental crisis and we will take action by imagining, with pragmatism but also with poetry, a Móstoles where we can live happily within the limits of our planet.

PROGRAMME

  • Tuesday 13. The city and sustainable food: growing food in the city.
  • Wednesday 14. The city and sustainable energy: cooking with free energy from the sun.
  • Thursday 15. The city and sustainable mobility: a three-in-one in rights.
  • Friday 16. The eco-social revolution shall be urban or it shall not be.

This cycle of workshops is organized in collaboration with Instituto de Transición Rompe el Círculo [Break the Circle Transition Institute], a collective from Mostoles with plenty of experience in community sustainability projects, creating new imaginaries on new models of society and putting into practice some of their ideas.

Among the most notable projects in this line of action are the Roof Terrace Garden workshops at CA2M (2013 - 2021), the Hammockdrome at Finca Liana park (2018) and the exhibition Será una vez Móstoles 2030, plus a series of conversations and debates like Oil-free Móstoles (2012) or Transition Picnics (2015-2016). This cycle features input from two of its members: Emilio Santiago Muíño (climate anthropologist and researcher at CSIC) and Xisela García Moure (expert in agroecology and movement in transition).
 

THE CITY AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD: GROWING FOOD IN THE CITY

Tuesday 13 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The city and sustainable food: growing food in the city. Our diet has a huge impact on the climate. And cities must become an oasis for food self-sufficiency. Based on examples of existing projects, we will imagine an agroecological Móstoles. And we will get the ball rolling with a range of suggestions on how to organize our domestic, community and school gardens.

THE CITY AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: COOKING WITH FREE ENERGY FROM THE SUN

Wednesday 14 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The city and sustainable energy: cooking with free energy from the sun. Fossil fuel is the other face of climate change. We must abandon fossil fuels in record time. In this session we will familiarize ourselves with a number of inspirational ideas. We will get down to action by acquainting ourselves with an easily accessible, gratifying and almost unknown activity: the possibilities for cooking on our roof terraces with solar energy. And we will dream of a Móstoles with solar picnics in every district.

THE CITY AND SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY: A THREE-IN-ONE IN RIGHTS

Thursday 15 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The city and sustainable mobility: a three-in-one in rights. Mobility based on cars devours our time, damages our health and takes over our public space. Recovering the city for pedestrians is to conquer three rights at once: the right to clean air, the right to free time and the right to our streets. In this workshop we will try to imagine and redesign Móstoles in order to make it a place on a human scale, a place where what comes first is a passion for walking and a place that offers the possibility of getting lost.
 

THE ECO-SOCIAL REVOLUTION SHALL BE URBAN OR IT SHALL NOT BE

Friday 16 from 6:00-8:00 pm. The eco-social revolution shall be urban or it shall not be. Henri Lefebvre said that the revolution would be urban or it would not be. This idea makes even greater sense in the era of climate emergency. In this session we will take a look at some of the most important models of eco-social cities around the world. And in a collective exercise in utopian imagination and visionary dreaming, we will collectively think about how to apply their lessons to the case of Móstoles.

Type of activity
Taller
Intended for
Anyone interested
Duration
From 18:00 to 20:00h
Dates
13-16 December 2022
THE CITY AND SUSTAINABLE FOOD: GROWING FOOD IN THE CITY
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THE CITY AND SUSTAINABLE ENERGY: COOKING WITH FREE ENERGY FROM THE SUN
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THE CITY AND SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY: A THREE-IN-ONE IN RIGHTS
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THE ECO-SOCIAL REVOLUTION SHALL BE URBAN OR IT SHALL NOT BE
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Access
Enrolment free

Maximum capacity: 25 persons