All interested people are invited to join our monthly open meeting for building a Fossil Free Agriculture (FFA) campaign, on Tuesday November 13th in Amsterdam. This will be the fifth monthly meeting since the FFA campaign was launched in June, with the aim to help build a powerful movement from below for a sustainable and just food system.
About the Fossil Free Agriculture campaign:
By focussing on the use of fossil fuels in the corporate controlled industrial food system, the goal of the FFA campaign is to expand the concept of climate justice to include agricultural justice and to connect the fossil fuel focussed climate movement and the food sovereignty movements. We want to do this with a horizontal campaign structure, based on a working group model, growing our skills and capacity, involving more people, and strengthening connections between movements for climate and agricultural justice. In this process everyone is invited to contribute your ideas, opinions, questions, feedback, time, money (if you can spare some), or in other ways that are available to you.
The monthly open campaign meetings are a space for collectively discussing and deciding on the direction of the campaign: about our plans, about how the campaign is organised, to talk about our strategy and politics, to coordinate between different areas / working groups, to share feedback about events and processes and to evaluate if goals are being met. New people are welcome to learn more about the campaign and have an opportunity to get involved in one of the working groups.
* The meeting will take place in the Dokhuis (Plantage Doklaan 8 in Amsterdam) on Tuesday November 13th, from 7.30 to 9.00 PM.
* To make the meeting run smoothly, new people are invited to join a brief introduction to the campaign from 7 PM to 7.30 PM.
* From 6.30 to 7.30 PM there is the option to have a vegan dinner (on donation).
* If you are interested in coming, please send a message at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org – knowing how many people we can expect helps us to prepare the meeting (and dinner). And this way we can send you some more information about the agenda of the meeting.
* If you are interested but not able to join you can also send some feedback by email.
Since launching the FFA campaign in June, most working groups have started to get some structure and the planning for upcoming events is advancing. So there are great opportunities to get involved and contribute with both practical and strategic work. At the meeting, updates from the different working groups will be shared and there will be collective discussion about the direction of the campaign.
Some examples of working groups are:
- There is a working group for Free the Soil 2019, which will be involved in the process of mobilising and organising an agriculture and climate camp and action next summer in the north of Germany. Last month, the working group went to a big planning meeting in Hamburg.
- There is a group thinking about plans for a Food Autonomy Festival (FAF) next year, potentially changing the already successful concept from a one-day event to a small camp with different activities. This working group welcomes people to get involved in different elements, such as FAF program, outreach and infrastructure/logistics.
- The communication group are working on updating the FFA / ASEED website, creating outreach materials such as slogans, pictures, graphics and stickers. All new ideas and skills are welcome.
- The research group is investigating and writing about the connections between climate change and industrial agriculture. So, this is a good way of learning more in this area or contribute with new perspectives and insights.
- There is a working group that supports the campaign to save the Boterbloem farm and Lutkemeer polder in Amsterdam.
Hope to see you on Tuesday!