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Kosha Anja Joubert (MSc Organisational Development) is an international facilitator, trainer and consultant. She has worked extensively in the fields of curriculum development, international collaboration and sustainable development. Kosha currently serves as President of the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN-International). GEN was set up in 1995 to support communities, organisations and societies to transition into resilience. GEN has consultative status in the UN - ECOSOC. Kosha also holds the position of Managing Director of GEN-Europe, the European branch of GEN-International. In this role she has been the driving force behind the emergence of GEN-Africa as an independent region within GEN, and is currently working with organisations in the Middle East on the emergence of GEN-Middle East. Kosha co-authored the Ecovillage Design Education Curriculum and co-edited Beyond You and Me - Inspirations and Wisdom for Building Community, Permanent Publications, 2007. She has also published a book in German on the power of collective wisdom: Die Kraft der Kollektiven Weisheit – Wie wir gemeinsam schaffen was einer allein nicht kann, Kamphausen, 2010.
Ms. Joubert on the International Women's Earth and Climate Summit:
- Why you think the Summit is important, especially as it relates to your specific area of expertise?
“We know that change is needed, in how we organise, how we live, how we express our love for the world, and we know that change is happening too slowly. We also know that some of the most powerful initiatives for change are not coming from those in power, but from civil society. The longing of citizens to leave this planet a beautiful place for coming generations and to be part of the solution instead of the problem is being expressed more and more clearly. At the heart of many of these initiatives are women. IWECI is bringing together a feminine wave of commitment and action-oriented care for the planet.”
- Why women are such an important part of this conversation?
“Women know about the preciousness of life intimately. Women are at the heart of their communities. The fact that women only constitute 10-15% of the decision making power both in government and corporations is both at the root and an expression of the malaise of our societies. Building a strong network of solidarity for women who are actively engaging in positive change will bring support that may tip many a project from overwhelm into abundance.”
- Why it is so urgent that we discuss these climate solutions now?
“What we have caused in the North is most felt in the Global South - and in the most existential ways. Communities are losing their cohesion, ecosystems are disintegrating, natural disasters are hitting hard. We have a responsibility to listen to the feedback our world is giving us and to take action now. A huge resource for change comes from communities and ecovillages creating and preserving high quality, low impact ways of life, communities coming together to design their own pathways into the future instead of having them imposed by the current global economic system.”