I have the absurd job of leading a campaign that is trying to save the only Norwegian school of organic agriculture. Absurd because Norway is one of the richest countries in the world, and still the government doesn’t want to pay the necessary costs for upgrading the school buildings (they have to be upgraded to meet today’s standards – if not, the school will be shut down by law). I am also a student at this wonderful school, and even though they already have some permaculture implemented in the curriculum and on site, I have planned together with the Norwegian permaculture association of how we can make this school become the big permaculture arena of Norway – or maybe even of the Nordic countries.
The plan is that the PDC will become a mandatory part of the curriculum, and that there will be additional PDCs during summer + advanced design courses during summer and hopefully an EDE. Also, we are hoping to organize Nordic meetings and festivals here – and why not an EuPC? There have already been several meetings about this, and I see it as very likely that permaculture will become an even much greater part of the school than it is today.
But first, the school needs to be rescued! I know most permies don’t have an awful lot of money to spare, but I will ask you all to read this page to learn more about the school (and watch the video to get to know it even better) – and consider if you are able to contribute a bit. For now, the campaign is mostly national, but we are considering an international campaign from January/February, perhaps with hashtags like #embarrasstherich or #isntitironic. Yeah, isn’t it ironic? We are building lots of schools in other countries, while shutting down the most valuable one we have at home! I’m not proud of being Norwegian at the moment …
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All the best,