The CCIVS vision defined in the Strategic Plan for 2022-27 recognises that the Sustainable Development Goals are a good framework to show how International Voluntary Service contributes to our planet, however, CCIVS adopts a more radical and holistic approach that acknowledges and integrates our interdependent existence, based on a peaceful, cohabitation model with other species and within the planet’s limits.
Our members, projects and activities stretch across the entire globe, uniting people of all ages and backgrounds. IVS projects and activities are a powerful tool to support local communities worldwide and allow the reallocation of resources and capacities, they support the social, cultural, economic and ecological transition that is needed to build a regenerative and reconciliatory world that promotes a circular-inclusive economic model based on global, social and climate justice.
The CCIVS Strategic Plan 2022-27
From the CCIVS Strategic Plan 2022-2027 the following issues were defined by the members as important for the CCIVS to work on in the next period.
The Living Earth Campaign is a platform where CCIVS can ensure that the grassroots work of the members is shared and promoted. Through the campaign we seek to raise awareness, advocate, educate and implement practical work on a grassroots level. We are committed to ensuring that there is a space for debate, and for critical thinking that all sides of an argument can be discussed without fear of judgment or classification.
Raising Questions and having time for reflection
The Living Earth Campaign will also bring to the forefront the important questions facing humanity at this time, the world is changing at a rapid pace, and with this, there are deep discussions in our network about the ecological impact we have when we organise our projects in terms of how staff, activists and volunteers travel, the food eaten, the materials used, etc.
We must promote an ecological model that corresponds to our values as a peace organisation, a socially just and ecologically sustainable IVS protecting our ecosystem, and our natural resources.
Growth at all costs entails human exploitation and environmental destruction, this is no different whether it is for new technologies or old, it is the same story of harming the earth, poisoning the land, destroying communities, enabling the clearcutting of forests and now the mass production of E-Waste.
In a movement that is reflecting on Decolonisation and attempting to look deeper at our own practices, we must not forget that in the name of saving the planet, neo-colonialism continues, just some examples can be found in:
- Colonial conservation/Green colonialism: Indigenous people, peasants and small-scale farmers being removed from their homes and food sources in the name of conservation.;
- Big Tech colonisation: Land being bought up for automated farming, undemocratic forcing of new technologies ‘surveillance capitalism’ destroying traditional livelihoods, under the name of sustainability and Net 0. Seed patenting, synthetic fertilizers and genetic engineering;
- Climate colonialism and the European or US/Global Green New Deal: By offshoring environmental damage, exporting carbon emissions to developing nations;
- Climate colonialism and carbon offsetting: Companies quest to buy land, thus evicting its inhabitants in order to plant trees.
- Corporate colonialism: Land grabbing for natural resources and the continued exploitation of countries for their mineral resources, where profit is taken by a ‘foreign’ power or company, often leading to exploitation and unethical conditions of local labourers
These are just a few of the reflection points, as IVS organisations we need to be aware and ensure that we do not replicate or support these practices through our work. The Living Earth Campaign provides us with a space to go deeper, to foresee the possible consequences of our decisions, to dive down the rabbit hole and to put key questions about the continuity of our work on the table.