FOESL has decided to launch various campaigns in accordance with its goals and objectives.
1) Offering advice on how to set up local groups
2) Providing access to information and materials through the FOESL local groups and others.
3) Acting as a center for the sharing of local knowledge and expertise between the various local and affiliate groups in the country
4) Organizing meetings, workshops, tours/visits, exhibitions and conferences at all levels.
This campaign is based on the principle that global and national sustainability can only be achieved if the use of natural resources is distributed on an equitable basis and does not exceed the Earths carrying capacity. The Agenda 21 is FOESLs main working document.
FOESL will carry out these activities in order to meet the basic needs of individuals and groups for sustainable living: Soap making, gara-drying, arts and crafts, typing, hair dressing, sewing and dressmaking, electronics, edible oil extraction, organic farming for healthy food production, food processing and preservation, catering, computer and environmental studies, bicycle repair. These activities are very important and can be even set up at local and national levels as co-operatives. We must all think both locally and nationally, and work together as one.
In view of the fact that FOESL wants to promote healthy food for healthy living in Sierra Leone, the concept of sustainable agriculture unfolds with a variety of meaningful activities. Organic farming, permaculture, food production and preservation, vegetable and other crop production such as rice, corn, cassava, potatoes, yams, banana and plantains, beans, peppers, onions tomatoes, vegetable leaves and ground nuts.
FOESLs concern for organic farming in the Sierra Leone communities include not only the impact of genetically modified seeds upon their farming systems. It also addresses the local enthusiasm for animal rearing and the need to promote organic development within the entire society. FOESL is organizing sustainable organic agricultural societies (SOAS) to promote organic agriculture nationwide. FOESL believes that sustainable farmers will find it increasingly important to breed their seeds. FOESL encourages people to save seeds even more than the need to save germ plasm. To help farmers become seed breeders FOESL shall initiate animal breeding groups based on ecological setups. Through these initiatives farmers and gardeners will share knowledge about seed saving and selection and develop individuals with collaborative efforts for sustainable farming systems. FOESL shall develop a network to organize interested farmers and gardeners. This network shall bring together farm breeders as part of FOESL sustainable agricultural activities. FOESL wants to establish a small scale farmer livestock system as a model project in the country. This shall be intended to build up mass production of milk, meat and organic manure for adequate fresh tasty and original vegetables and other crops. Beekeeping, poultry, pig and rabbit farming are also part of the project. Trees and vegetables which are now inadequate can be adequately produced for the population of Sierra Leone through the efforts of all of us being Friends of the Earth Sierra Leone
Gender and Children
FOESLs campaign on gender, children and the aged is of great concern as they are the people that are suffering the most in this time of crisis. In this direction FOESL is preparing a programme for peace and reconciliation including the environment. FOESL is actively working with schools, institutions, women and youth groups, religious groups and local communities. FOESL will hold meetings, workshops, seminars, talks, visits, conferences and exhibitions. FOESL is also active in environmental sanitation to provide a healthy environment. FOESL teaches women and youth how to express their views and how to act on them including adult education classes.
Climate Change campaign
FOESL joins the other environmental groups and organizations worldwide to create awareness and protection of our climate. As the population expands similarly environmental degradation deepens. Therefore in order to prevent extreme degradation FOESL continues to research and to develop solutions to halt the future hazardous effects of climate change on the environment
Newsletters (The Cotton Tree)
The Cotton Tree (monthly)
FOESL is aware that communication is the key to successful development and protection. Therefore the FOESL newsletter was established in 1989 as a communications tool. To receive and publish information at all levels. Other important materials like handouts, leaflets, pamphlets etc were established but due to political and economic constraints in Sierra Leone were not published. FOESL will soon resume effective production to promote the image of the organization, its activities and its links with generous partners worldwide.
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