Welcome to #TRVSTLOVES. We curate news, ideas and inspiration from across the world which demonstrate how real action can accomplish positive social impact. In this edition we're looking at the importance of building local communities and what they can collectively achieve.
Just this past weekend The Big Lunch events took place across the UK. This is a fantastic initiative from Eden Projects which aims to bring people together to eat good food! Research from Eden shows that as a society we don't engage with our local neighbours as much as we used to. Many of us might not consider this engagement important but apparently, this disconnect isn't good for our mental or physical health. With an estimated six million people signing up to these Big Lunch events, many people obviously have a desire to be part of a stronger and more interactive community.
A new app that helps build real communities - sounds a bit counterintuitive doesn't it? Don't real communities need real interactions between people? But hear us out, the Campfire Convention is a new social network which aims to empower people on and offline to build up strong communities. The initiative wants to create a new and inclusive approach to social media, very different from what we already know. We particularly love the ethos of a "growing eco-consciousness" and the idea that social media can be used to bring people collectively together for social good - that's what we're all about over here at TRVST!
We just love what's going on in the Hepburn community in Australia: they've decided to take a strong stance on tackling climate change. Described as a "community of creative thinkers, farmers and tree-changers" these residents are collectively making significant changes, including phasing out the use of natural gas and encouraging sustainable transport. Solar is purchased in bulk to give everyone cheaper access too. What a great example of the power of the people, getting everyone on board to collectively achieve something is undeniably a way to make real change.
Bringing together a community is a great achievement, but someone often has to get the ball rolling. Ian Callaghan, from Lincoln UK did just this, by working as a volunteer for 700 hours to restore a local community area and pond. The space now includes benches and a platform over the water for people to congregate and spend time. As is often the case, there was no specific funding available for this community project, so companies donated materials to assist. It's great reading stories like these, it's a reminder that we all have the opportunity to make a change. Perhaps take a look around the area you live in to see whether your actions, however big or small, might benefit your local community.
Another example here of how we shouldn't underestimate the power of local communities. A UN backed report has recently shown that indigenous peoples’ lands is not degrading as fast as other areas. So now it's time to see what we can learn from indigenous communities. Why is this the case? The report shows that indigenous people contribute much more to support biodiversity. Amongst many other things, indigenous people collectively carry out ecological restoration of degraded lands and help restore diminishing plant species. It's the mindset here that many of us can learn from working together as a group to learn from one another to achieve a common goal.