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Welcome to Peat-Fest 2022!
A 6 day long online festival from August 30th - September 6th.
The theme of this year’s Peat-Fest is Rights of Peatlands, so we’ll be taking inspiration from the incredible global successes of the Rights of Nature movement and collaboratively applying some of these ideas to peatlands.
Already in its third year, Peat-Fest is an extraordinary space to come together to celebrate and co-create action for peatlands. We welcome people from all walks of life, all experience levels, and all corners of our planet.
Want to know what to expect at Peat-Fest, how you can join, and what the theme Rights of Peatlands mean? Then keep on reading!
Can you help make Peat-Fest possible?
Consider donating via this link
Why should I come to Peat-Fest?
Peat-Fest is promising to be an highly engaging and inspiring digital community space for everyone who is, or who would like to be, involved with peat action. Through a variety of presentations and workshops, we hope to co-learn about rights of peatlands with you and co-create the future of this campaign. Rights of nature as an idea has been rapidly growing over the last few years, and we warmly invite you to join the wave and share your wisdom and creativity with the rest of the peat-community and embark on this journey with us.
How to join in?
All Peat-Fest sessions (talks and workshops) will be held online, via Zoom. By signing up you are agreeing to be contacted by RE-PEAT regarding the festival. You will first be sent a confirmation from Eventbrite and we will send out a thorough invite via our email (firstname.lastname@example.org) at a later date. This will contain all the information you need to take part, and you expect this in your inbox approximately 1 week before the event (mid August).
Get your crew together in the real world!
While Peat-Fest is online, as RE-PEAT we acknowledge the irreplaceable value of a physical community and physical spaces to discuss the content together. That is why this year, we want to facilitate you in getting your Peat-Fest crew together with whom you can attend and digest the programme. Whether this is a private gathering with an existing friend group, or a public event open to other peat enthusiasts. Please fill out this form if you are happy to organise such a gathering for a certain (or every) day of Peat-Fest.
Special note for groups in the UK/Ireland! We have received funding from the Edge Fund to financially assist you in making these gatherings possible! Indicate your plans in the form to qualify for receiving money for your gathering.
Look at this map to see what Peat-Fest gatherings are already happening and are open for you to join! If you would like to join one, email us at email@example.com and we will put you in touch.
What to expect?
Peat-Fest this year will run across 6 days, with several hours per day of sessions, which will be a mix of online talks and workshops. Instead of doing a 24 hour peat marathon, this years' Peat-Fest will run across 6 days, with several hours per day of online talks and workshops. This way, we ensure everyone has the time to take it all in! This year, we are also focusing on directly inspiring and creating peat action, and working to build the communities that can take on Rights of Peatlands and other peatland-related challenges. Each day of Peat-Fest has its own focus, all in relation to rights of peatlands :
30 August: history and philosophy of Rights of Nature
31 August: deep connecting, deconstructing language, and decolonising the mind
1 September: decolonising conservation and global justice
2 September: rights of nature law and implementation, organised by Global Alliance of Rights of Nature Youth Hub
3 September: meet the peat, wherever you are! (offline)
4 September: manifesting future action
We would love to see you participate in the entirety of Peat-Fest, but recognise that some sessions might clash with jobs or other responsibilities. If you wish to catch up on a session at a later time, there will be recordings available of the presentation part of the sessions. The interactive parts remain live participation only, to create a safer environment for people to speak their minds.
Click here for more about offline Day 5!
What are the Rights of Peatlands?
through rights, beyond rights
towards social and ecological justice
We chose Rights of Peatlands as this year’s theme because we see a huge amount of value in connecting the Rights of Nature movement to peatlands, and want to collaboratively kickstart the process of acknowledging these rights. As a powerful tool, Rights of Nature has the potential to transform our relationship with the natural world when done in collaboration with other vital decolonial work. Expansion of legal systems for the non-human world provides us with the opportunity to hold corporations and governments accountable.
Peatlands are truly ecosystems for our times - representing both a vast existential risk and a huge potential for positive transformation, the course of which we follow depends on the actions of those active today. Likewise, Rights of Nature is emerging as a hugely impactful tool for ensuring viable ecosystems in the short term, and potentially contributing to transforming our relationship with our natural surroundings going forward and shaking up the way we speak about, think about and imagine peatlands in western discourse.
We’re looking forward to the great discussions to be had on the Rights of Peatlands!
Check out where local groups are joining from!
(if you would like to join one of these meet-ups,
send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
so we can put you in touch!)
Tickets are free, donations are encouraged
Peatlands are for everyone, which is why we have made Peat-Fest freely accessible for everyone, regardless of their financial situation. Although the festival will be free of charge, we do want to encourage all who are able to make a donation to do so. This can be as big or small as you can afford. Unfortunately, we were only able to secure a small percentage of the total cost of the event, meaning that the majority of Peat-Fest costs will be taken directly from the group’s small pot of savings.
Through buying a ticket you can help us stay (financially) healthy as a collective and keep doing our work in the long run (i.e. stick around till Peat Fest #4!). Below we have outlined what we believe to be suitable donation ranges based on income, and according to solidarity economy principles.
<15k / year - Free
15k-20k / year - Basic donation: €10
20k - 25k / year - Support donation: €20
>35k / year - Solidarity donation: €50
RE-PEAT is a volunteer led collective working on a minimal budget. Right now we are still €1200 short for covering all the Peat-Fest costs! Please consider donating to us through eventbrite or WhyDonate, so we can keep doing the work we do in the future as well.
The Rights of Peatlands Campaign
An emergent, long-term Rights of Peatlands campaign
Peat-Fest 2022 is a first step we are taking into a multi-year Rights of Peatlands campaign. For the entire campaign we are taking an emergent approach. Peat-Fest is the exploratory learning phase of this emergent process. We hope that at Peat-Fest through dialogue and imagination, ideas about how the continuance of the campaign should look will emerge. If you have any ideas about how we can best proceed with the campaign come up for you while attending the programme? Then do not hesitate to reach out to us at email@example.com, we would be more than happy to hear them.