Could Estonia become the first organic country in the world?
Here in Estonia we are celebrating 100 years of independence this year. We’ve created a special Estonian Day before the Ecovillage Conference 2018 to rejoice and reflect our growth and development as a community and society. Visionaries and changemakers will share their stories of social change and community led innovation – from Singing Revolution to World Cleanup Day. But we also want to build on the ecovillage principles, incredible wisdom and experiences to co-create a vision for Estonia – a community of 1.3 million enjoying cultural, social, economic and ecological sustainability.
We really hope you can be with us that day and nurture our vision with your knowledge and experience.
Presentations by visionaries and changemakers
Tõnis Mägi speaks about Singing Revolution, sharing how the power of song and culture helped Estonia to regain independence in 1991. He is truly one of them who knows it – one of the most beloved Estonia musicians and composers – being also one of the key figures in grassroots movement called Singing Revolution that united hundreds of thousands of people and was a non-violent way to one nation’s freedom and self-determination.
Valdur Mikita takes a step further into Estonian sense of life and relations between psychology, landscape and culture. He is an author and speaker whose messages about forest have spoken deeply to the readers of Estonia and are helping to reconnect modern people to local natural environment.
Toomas Trapido shares how Estonia is somewhat unintentionally becoming Gaia Education pilot country, as one can study in Gaia Education based institution not depending on age. Toomas is a biologist and nature protector, who has always been looking for ways how humans can live in more harmony with nature and through inventing and communicating he is spreading the ecological way of life in Estonia.
Eva Truuverk invites to World Cleanup Day on September 15, when people in 150 countries will stand up against the global trash problem and clean up waste, making it the biggest positive civic action the world has seen. Eva is one of the initiators and leaders of Let’s Do It!, a civic-led mass movement that began in Estonia in 2008 when 50,000 people united together to clean up the entire country in just five hours.
Anne Luik opens the dream of Estonia as an organic country, silently emerging all over the land and uniting individuals and communities into action. Anne is the grand lady of Estonian organic agriculture, whose work was recognized by Estonian President. She is one of the first scientists who started to research and implement environmentally friendly methods in agriculture and has initiated many activities in this field.
Ingvar Villido shows the importance for a new wisdom and paradigm: how to re-form and interact with human life, starting from the inside out by learning to use the quality of awareness in everyday situations. Being a master teacher on Awareness, he has pointed out that conscious change starts from inside and that it is the ignorance of human nature that takes to the disastrous consequences we are facing in the world today.
Gunter Pauli inspires a perspective into sustainable future of Estonia, sharing insights and inspiration about business solutions that are using what is locally available and sustainable both ecologically and socially. Gunter is a visionary entrepreneur whose activities span business, culture, science, politics and the environment. He is the author of the Blue Economy business model inspired by the vision of his Report to the Club of Rome.
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