What does Earth Dinner mean?
Sustainability through voluntary reduction of consumption (Degrowth)
Sustainability through embodied solidarity in the form of voluntary gifting to global projects
On the Earth Dinner platform we support the dream of a united humanity that lives in peace and freedom in harmony with mother earth. The Earth Dinner initiative is an act of embodied solidarity. It supports people who have suffered or still suffer from the consequences of colonialism, imperialism and asymmetric power structures in economy and society through voluntary and collective monetary flows.
What do we actually do in the framework of the Earth Dinner?
Every week, deep from our heart, we give the monetary equivalent of an act of consumption to the Earth Dinner platform, which supports projects that aim at maximizing the wellbeing of the human being, the plant and the animal. We allow our force of consumption to turn into solidarity and empower ourselves to promote the common good. The money is born out of the decision to use the equivalent of an unnecessary act of consumption once a week for supporting concrete solidarity. We are also aware of the fact that less consumption means more space for nature and less environmental pollution.
Franz skips a dinner per week. This leads to more regeneration and relaxation for both his body and mind.
Cathrin leaves her car at home once a week. Sometimes she uses the bicycle instead and thus does her health a favor.
Maria doesn't have meat one day per week. This has a positive effect on her health.
Kurt has one glass of wine less than usaul. This makes his liver regenerate a little more easily and he can enjoy the next morning a little more.
They all dedicate the money that is born out of this new consciousness for consumption and self-empowerment to the project of the week on the Earth Dinner platform.
Who benefits from the money?
100 percent of the money that is transferred to the Association Samen der Solidarität (Seeds of Solidarity) on www.earth-dinner.org, together with all the money that is transferred by all the people who give a voluntary contribution in the same week, goes to a sustainable project.
How are the projects chosen?
There are different criterias that we take into account:
content criteria: the project falls into the aims of the association and is willing to work transparently.
formal criteria: the project needs financial support in order to reach the project goals or in order to continue to pursue a project.
an application, as well as the copy of the passport or if there is no passport of an ID of two people. If the solicitant is an association we also need a photo of the official certificate of the association.
Confirmation (with signature) signed by two people of the receiving organization (four-eye-principle) that and how much money has been received from the Earth Dinner initiative.
Photos or videos and a report about how the financial resources were finally used.
What kind of projects can be supported?
Worldwide, we support projects that fall in an ever turning seven week cycle that deal with the following topics:
week 1: free, accessible seeds seed banks / food sovereignty
week 2: the earth nourishes sustainable organic agriculture
week 3: protecting Life in Nature reforestation, indigenous people, water, flora, fauna
week 4: the empowered woman support for women / sustainable income
week 5: children with a future education / arts and creativity
week 6: holistic health prevention mental, physical, spiritual
week 7: letting the heart speak punctual support, for example for a family
Concrete examples of projects that have been supported:
* in Venezuela a small farming family is being supported in the constrction of a drying area for fruits and herbs and a tree nursery, in order to get more independent and in order to be able to sell the surplus on the local market
* in Northern India Vandana Shiva is supported in her work of empowering farmers.
* in Burkina Faso, we've contributed to the construction of gardens in the desert with our valuable project partner several times. Big wholes are dug, so that the water from the rainy season can be used for gardening even in the dry season.
* in Argentina an artist couple is encouraged to create games from recycling materials with chidren from poor areas of Buenos Aires and to offer these children a safe space on public places for being joyful and creative.
People who have the wish that the largest quantity of human beings possible may live in plenty, are heartily welcome to participate in the Earth Dinner movement! It matters very much to us that the impuls of gifting comes out of joy and doesn't feel like anything like an obligation!
Volunteers who have enthusiasm to organise and root the Earth Dinner Movement deeply, are heartily welcome!
Philipp, Conny und Evi
Verein Samen der Solidarität (Association Seeds of Solidarity)
Earth Dinner - solidarity nourishes.