Call-out for projects (2015)

Hey!

Ecotopia Biketour is a self-organized, international community that organizes a yearly biketour in different regions of Europe and has done so since 1990. During the tour we visit projects of an environmental or social nature and we practice forms of activism and sustainable living. We follow a vegan diet, practice consensus decision making and encourage skill-sharing. Ecotopia Biketour is for anyone interested in travelling by bike, community life, DIY, environmentalism and experiential learning. Ecotopia Biketour 2015 will cycle from Denmark via Sweden and Norway to Finland. Find out more on https://www.ecotopiabiketour.net/.

On our way, we visit projects and groups, to make connections, to share skills, learn about local situations and struggles, and to help out with tasks where a big group of people can be handy. We are looking for projects and groups to visit on the way. We are looking for projects where we can stay for a couple of days as well as for groups that want to meet up to make connections and exchange knowledge.

We are an always changing group and, in the sense of political backgrounds, quite diverse. Usually our group includes everything from anarchists to employees of green NGOs to people who just like cycling. Traditionally, the whole range of experience levels concerning the community lifestyle that we try to follow can be found among us, from experienced activists to people for whom this is the first contact with non-hierarchical community living. We also bring different sets of skills with us, from farmers to experienced bike mechanics to professional mathematicians. We try to share our skills with each other and with the projects that we visit.

We are interested in keeping the level of diversity of places that we visit high, so we are looking for projects of the following kinds:

  • Political groups fighting against oppression, such as feminist, anti-racist, anti-fascist, anti-ablist groups, groups working with migrants or groups fighting for workers’ rights
  • Self-organised projects, coops, DIY projects
  • Groups promoting cycling and other environmental activists
  • Self-sustainable and permaculture projects
  • Organisations for alternative education and alternative housing

If you know any projects in Scandinavia that might be interesting to us or to whom we might be interesting, contact us by writing to 2015@ecotopiabiketour.net. You’re welcome to forward this e-mail to other mailing lists as well.

Looking forward to hearing from you,
the Ecotopia Biketour Collective

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