Sustainable Together

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'Sustainable Together' is a regional project that focuses on sustainability and civil society initiatives that seek to make an impactful contribution to improving (local) environment. The project does this in two ways: through public engagement like webinars or a talk series and by supporting activities and initiatives that emerge from these. Besides Johannesburg, the Goethe-Instituts Addis Ababa, Kigali and Luanda are involved. In South Africa, the project is carried out in partnership with the British Council.

The focus of the 3-part discussion series was on the concept of the circular as an alternative to the linear economy. However, discourses in the global north often do not suffice and have to be re-conceptualized for Southern Africa.

From each of the discussions, a follow-up project emerged, which for instance deals with the decolonization of the food system or the further processing of biodegradable re-sellable materials in order for marginalized groups to earn an income.

As of 2021, Goethe Institut and British Council launched an open call: Radical Questions Project. The small grants of R100 000.00 was provided to three South African based creative practitioners and organisations whose focus is in the area of sustainable futures, with a specific focus on community-based practice and collaboration.

Read more about the projects here:

Indigenous Plants for Resilient Futures Booklet © Claire Rousell

Indigenous Plants for Resilient Futures Booklet

It provides a small taste of the rich knowledge the trainers, speakers and participants brought to the live workshops and online event during the course of the project

Precious Waste © Goethe-Institut Johannesburg

Precious Waste

In this conversation, we learned more about building an inclusive circular economy, how Covid-19 has affected reclaimers and their business and how each and every one of us can support it.

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Planetary Design

The second edition took a closer look at the concepts of circular economy, wellbeing economy and degrowth as counter concepts to our currently linear economy in which we take resources to make products and then turn them into waste when we no longer need them.

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Urban Farming

The third and final edition of 2020 of the Sustainable Together talk series took a closer look at the topics of food sovereignty and food security.