We would like to share with you a piece of good news. Thanks to the joint efforts of our colleagues and partners, the "Annual Report 2020-2021" has finally been printed and officially released.
2020-2021 has been a year full of challenges. In this annual report, we would like to share with you how we work in partnership with grassroots communities to build resilience and explore ways of sustainable living under the following working themes — Wisdom of Nature, Ecological Agriculture, Community Economy, Traditional Knowledge and Innovation, Sustainable Living Network, and Interactions with the Philanthropy Sector.
“I wish PCD will continue to soak up the sun and the water and the soil, and continue to grow and evolve in a natural way in response to the evolving needs of our communities. It would not get stuck in a particular kind of dogma or way of doing things, but will continue to be receptive and open.”
Chairperson of our Management Committee
The way we understand a problem affects the way we respond. PCD chooses a sustainable living perspective as a lens through which to view today’s ecological and social crises: this reinforces our faith in a path for social change where everyone has a part to play. We believe each and every individual has the innate ability to reconnect with nature, and that the ensuing personal awakening and transformation sustains the motivation to act on what one believes in, and to connect with others in society to effect positive change.
Partnerships for Community Development (PCD) has been using "ecocentrism" as the guiding principle for its work, holding the core belief that nature is an organism in which all living beings are interdependent. Such belief is epitomised in the ecological philosophy of "Deep Ecology" created by the Norwegian philosopher Arne Naess. Thanks to him, all kinds of experiential learning activities guided by deep ecology have been carried out around the world by many people – one of them being Sunisa Jamwiset Deiters (Om), a facilitator from Thailand who designs workshops that re-establish connection between human and nature...
On 14 December 2019, Cihai Environmental Foundation (Sources for Action) and Partnerships for Community Development (PCD) Beijing Representative Office jointly invited Satish Kumar, founder of Schumacher College, and Tian Song, Philosophy Professor of Beijing Normal University, to discuss Ecological Civilisation and Holistic Education. We share their conversation, which we have only partially edited.