REFERENT: Teodorina Lessidrenska
For many years Earth Focus Foundation has been active in raising awareness of sustainability worldwide through a published magazine, circulated to schools in many countries and to schools around Geneva. As well as the magazine “Earth Focus” the foundation organised events helping young people of all ages understand and to have a stronger voice on matters of sustainability.
Now, Earth Focus plans to create a building for Sustainability in Geneva. Indeed, we want to show people what sustainability is about. A building that not only has informative displays on the different themes of sustainable development, but also gives people the space to meet, to have fun, and to spread the word of sustainability throughout their communities. There will also be collaborative and sustainable economics schemes, thanks to market spaces inside the building.
This building will need a few years to see the light of day, and that is why, in the meantime, we want to create a mobile building of sustainability: The Sustainabus, which will share the same values as the building.
We wish to inform people of the true nature of sustainability, which is not only a way to protect the environment but is predominantly an ideal to strive for, the blueprints for an equal and lasting society.
We don’t want the bus to be a travelling museum, we want the bus to be a micro-sustainable-society. The bus will be ecological, and yes, the bus will inform, but more importantly, the bus will actively pursue sustainability through the promotion of social cohesion and well-being. We want to bring music, games, activities, and local food & drinks with us to different communities and schools, and show everyone that through acting together we will become a stronger community, focused on the well-being of everyone around us.
And finally, we don’t want sustainability to stay in the bus only, we want to spread the vibe throughout the canton, and eventually the country if all goes our way. That’s why a big part of the bus will be about promoting action and community projects thanks to our network of followers. Spread the word of sustainability through any means possible, whether it be simply helping your neighbour in the garden or sharing your tools with people around you. People mistakenly believe that it requires a lot of effort to be sustainable. In truth, all you need to do is to show the example. Do something small today, and another thing the day after that. Invite your friends to do the same, and collectively we will make a big difference.
So now you know what the bus is all about. As you can probably see, we aren’t driving through Geneva yet. Indeed, the project is still in its infancy. We are a small team and always welcome offers of help. Please contact us to get involved. We want the bus to be a community project, to show that the people of Geneva can collectively create something bigger than the individual. So if you enjoy painting, if you like DIY, if you can drive a bus, if you want to animate our events, or create a display inside the bus, join our team and help the dream of sustainability become reality!www.sustainabus.ch