Personal message from Frankie
Hi, my name is Frankie and I am a member of a new youth-led collective called RE-PEAT. We came together less than a year ago, as a group of people new to the topic of peatlands. Since then, we have connected with hundreds of people about this particular topic - including: farmers, scientists, policy-makers, artists, writers, historians, archeologists, cultural theory academic and more...
In June, we hosted a 24hr online festival called Peat-Fest, which had over 50+ sessions and contributions from 6 different continents! It was Peatiful. We are now creating an EU Peat Anthology that will get the EU policy-makers reading peatland poetry, letters and personal thoughts and seeing peat-inspired drawings and artworks. Just before they decide on the fate of the European peatlands in the upcoming EU CAP decision.
Many of us in RE-PEAT enjoy the paradoxical nature of the peatland - dead and alive, water and earth, present and historic - and see that peatlands are also simultaneously one of the most important ecosystems in terms of climate change and one of the least appreciated.
We talk about a "peatland paradigm shift", which includes transforming not only the way that we value peatlands but also using them as an opportunity to learn about different ways of being, news ways of understanding ourselves and our relationship with others.
I look forward to meeting some new faces and sharing some peatland stories with you at Green Culture 2020.