At the heart of the CDLINKS Project is to analyze the role of climate change within the broader sustainable development agendas of G20 countries. As part of this, empirical analyses of past and existing policies that have had a climate or broader development focus are conducted in support of evidence-based decision making. The methodological focus of these studies, which primarily analyze energy policies, is on policy effectiveness and the overlap and interaction of different objectives.
The Flower of the Desert (Il Fiore del Deserto) was founded in 2000, with the aim to start developing solidarity projects and ideas to respond to the new forms of poverty, marginalization, disease and social exploitation. Activities include enhancement of the socio-economic and cultural condition of their guests through social entrepreneurship. One of the key aspects of the activities done by The Flower of the Desert is that it encourages environmental sustainability projects tightly coupled with educational purposes.
Gasquilino is a solidarity purchasing group settled in one of the most central neighbourhoods in Rome, but it is also one of the key activities of a much more complex and highly inspiring grassroots initiative. In 2011, a group of 10 families created Gasquilino, engaging some local suppliers to purchase organic food products. Today, after only 5 years, 60 households are involved and the group’s services reach around 150 people among families and friends.
Orti Urbani Garbatella is an urban gardening initiative born in 2008 in a southern neighbourhood of Rome, emerged on the premise and need of requalification of an abandoned park. Over the last years its activities contributed to a progressive increase of the aesthetic value of the area and to a regeneration of the local community, thanks to the new space available for working together and sharing time and ideas.
In 2004 the Ciclofficina Centrale was established and opened its gate in a social squat next to the Coliseum. This community bike repair shop was the first one to open in a central location and it laid on an imaginary line connecting the other few community bike repair shops located east and west of the core of the city. In 2007 the Ciclofficina Centrale got the formal vest of association, named Ass. Ciclonauti.
In Rome, the Spiral Foundation (an experienced international no-profit humanitarian organization) started in 2011 a pilot project called “Refugee ScArt”. Its activity fosters humanitarian and environmental scopes jointly following the motto “new life to people through new life of materials”. Its peculiarity is that it was tailored to help refugees seeking protections in Rome to be self-sufficient and re-give them dignity, whereas at the same time this experience is used as a showcase for society to demonstrate that social inclusion is possible yet favourable.
Gruppi di Acquisto Solidale’ (G.A.S.) or Solidarity Purchase Groups, are collective purchasing organisations that form alternative food networks managed by a group of citizens (known as ‘gasisti’) who come together to buy food and other goods at wholesale prices and/or from small local producers, to be redistribution between members. There are about 75 GASs in Rome and its surrounding province.
In the north-east of Rome there is an old country side building where more then 20 years ago a bunch of willing and motivated people decided to take up an abandoned area to develop an entire microcosm of activities.
The idea that the world can be more sustainable is lived in a demonstrative way in Rome’s Citta dell’Utopia. Its users believe in a shared, communal philosophy and give physical space to many other local cultural and social associations. Members contribute to meeting a demand that they see unfilled in the city – Italian language courses are taught by volunteers, physical fitness and sports activities as well as social programs for psychological support are offered.