28th May 2021

Greetings friends,
Given our last in-person GEN event took place in September 2019, I cannot quite believe we are making the final preparations for our in-person (yes, real face-to-face 3D human) GEN event happening in just under three weeks.  Our Weaving Grief, the Body and Transformative Justice retreat will bring together 15 people from across the UK to explore how embodied grief practices can support environmental advocacy and transformative justice. If you'd like to support participants to attend this practical, important retreat, helping them to give back to their communities, please visit Oana's crowdfunder below. 
I am delighted to share with you our new GEN Projects for 2021 which span from Chile to Tajikistan, Ghana to China, and Kenya to India. These projects act as reminders of the incredible work our Members are doing around the world at both the community and global level.  
Finally, I'd like to welcome Samirah Siddiqui - GEN's new Programme Coordinator - who will be joining the GEN team next week. I am confident that Samirah's experience working with human rights, environmental, and social impact organisations, training in life sciences, coupled with her experience in the arts and activism is the perfect recipe for this dynamic role. 
As always, we love meeting new people, expanding the Network and are open to ideas and collaborations - especially those which stretch us outside our comfort zone! So please do get in touch if you'd like to connect further. 
Warm wishes to you all, 
Nessie Reid, GEN Director
GEN Updates
Eight new projects awarded with seed funds
For the second year running, we are awarding seed funds as part of our GEN Project Packages, an initiative for GEN members to action projects that are close to their hearts, to impact positive change within their own communities. Read about these exciting and diverse new projects here: 
Bring your kids to the GEN Grove! (Thursday, 17th June 2021)
Do you have a job or life's purpose that you are passionate about? Do you have children? If you answered yes to both, would it be fair to say that sometimes you struggle with balancing the two - not to mention maintaining healthy relationships around you, keeping food on the table, and giving yourself the care you need to stay resilient, motivated and inspired? Issues with balancing work, family and personal wellbeing may have even become stickier in the context of managing lockdowns and reduced mobility.
This GEN Grove - The great balancing act: Parenting whilst working and sometimes in lockdown - will provide a space to share our challenges and (small) victories in finding that balance. We will welcome lessons learned, top tips on how to negotiate important work matters and the needs of our children, and meatier discussions around the gender and class politics of it all. This GEN Grove is open to all, including those who do not have children, and may never, but want to join and hear a new perspective. 
Drop us a note if you would like to participate in this event.
Oana crowdfunds to attend the GEN Toolkit Retreat
After an intensive review process, we invited 16 participants to join our first residential toolkit retreat, Weaving Grief, the Body and Transformative Justice Retreat to practice embodied techniques and rituals that explore how we can work with our grief in order to weave resilience, grow strong networks of community care and generate hope, in order to create the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.
One participant, Oana Marian, is undertaking to use what she learns from the retreat to co-create a space of healing in Ireland. This will either be through a 2-3 part community reading series/ study/ practice group around a particular text, or a single event that incorporates embodied and contemplative practices within the context of a poetry workshop.
Samirah joins GEN as Programme Coordinator
Join us in welcoming Samirah Siddiqui to the GEN team. A conservation biologist, with a focus on marine and coastal habitats, Samirah’s experience working with human rights, environmental, and social impact organisations, training in life sciences, and experience in the arts and activism have positioned her focus at the intersection of ecology, social sciences, and art. In her GEN role, Samirah will work on programme development and implementation, and support community building and engagement to nourish productive collaborations amongst members.
Resources and Opportunities
Call for Fellows 2022: The RCC Landhaus Fellowship Program
The Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society and Herrmannsdorfer Landwerkstätten are pleased to invite applications for the new Landhaus Fellowship Program. Ten fellows will live and work together in the newly renovated historic house on the Herrmannsdorfer organic farm outside Munich. These fellowships are open to excellent doctoral, post-doctoral, and senior scholars who are working in the field of environment and society. 
Find out more. Deadline for applications: 15 June 2021
Call for Applications: Newton International Fellowships Scheme 2021
The British Academy is now inviting applications to the Newton International Fellowship scheme, which is run jointly with the Royal Society. The Newton International Fellowships aim to attract the most promising early-career post-doctoral researchers from overseas in the fields of the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities from around the world. The fellowships enable researchers to work for two years at a UK research institution with the aim of fostering long-term international collaborations.
Find out more. Deadline for applications: 16 June 2021
Two PhD positions - Human Well-being and Environmental Justice
The Centre for Development and Environment, University of Bern is inviting applications for two, four-year PhD positions in the COMPASS project (fieldwork in Peru and Switzerland). COMPASS compares the strategies of inclusive businesses, solidarity economy and certification schemes. It analyses their governance arrangements, impacts on human well-being and assesses them from an environmental justice perspective.
Find out more. Deadline for applications: 31 May 2021
From the frontline to the field. Restorative nature and mindfulness programmes for NHS workers
Exhausted NHS workers are taking part in a series of nature retreats in the Kent countryside, which aim to restore mental and physical well-being for those on the frontline of the pandemic. Run by The Quadrangle – a social enterprise in Shoreham, Kent – the retreat programmes include time in nature, mindfulness and yoga workshops, massage therapy, walks and wild swimming.
Call for Proposals: Global Ecosystem-based Adaptation Fund
Led by IUCN and UNEP, the Global Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA) Fund is a quickly deployable mechanism for supporting innovative approaches to EbA. The Fund aims to encourage catalytic initiatives to help overcome barriers for upscaling EbA. Through its International Climate Initiative (IKI), the Federal Environment Ministry of Germany has committed 20 million euros to the Fund.
How to apply. Deadline for Concept Stage submission: 30 August 2021 
Calls for Integral Development and Transformative Leadership 7-Week Online Course
Led by transformative leaders Rama Mani and Alexander Schieffer, co-founders of Home for Humanity (France), this course is an invitation to develop your capacity as a transformative leader with the consciousness, creativity and courage to co-pioneer integral development at this crucial time of planetary transition. You will engage with the theory and global praxis of Integral Development, addressing the interconnected realms of human life: humanity, nature, culture, education, systems and unity. This course based on a ‘whole life-whole person’ pedagogy combines personal transformation and societal impact. This course supports and mentors you to shape your individual purpose and collective contribution to a regenerative Earth Civilization.
Do you have a project to feature on Global Ideas?
Deutsche Welle recently reached out to GEN, inviting us to share new ideas and topics for Global Ideas, a multimedia project that reports on biodiversity conservation and the fight against climate change. Write to us at info@globalenvironments.org if you would like to share your story idea.
Inspiration Corner
The Humanity Charter expresses a collective vision for our times: for humanity to come together in unity to transform our divided world into a united home for the Earth family. Filmed and edited by our Visual Anthropologist and Media Outreach Coordinator Eda Elif Tibet with Award Winning South African Jazz Musician Pops Mohammad and Home for Humanity.
Separated by a checkpoint, Palestinian lovers from Jerusalem and the West Bank arrange clandestine meetings in this acclaimed satire on life on both sides of the Palestinian-Israeli border. Watch the trailer.
The Global Environments Network (GEN) supports a network of people dedicated to social and ecological justice, healing and planetary wellbeing. GEN is part of the Global Diversity Foundation.

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