Make Rojava Green Again

Make Rojava Green Again is the ecological campaign of the Internationalist Commune .

“We, the Internationalist Commune of Rojava, want to contribute to the ecological
revolution in Northern Syria. To this end, we have started the campaign “Make Rojava
Green Again”, campaign in cooperation with the Ecology Committee of the Cizire
Canton. The campaign has three aspects:

  1. Building up the Internationalist Academy with an ecological ethos, to serve as
    a working example for comparable projects and concepts for the entire
    society. The academy will facilitate education for internationalists and for the
    general population of Rojava, to strengthen awareness and environmental
    consciousness, pushing to build up an ecological society.
  2. Joining the work of ecological projects for reforestation, and building up a
    cooperative tree nursery as part of the Internationalist Academy.
  3. Material support for existing and future ecological projects of the Democratic
    Self-administration, including sharing of knowledge between activists, scientists and experts with committees and structures in Rojava, developing a long-term perspective for an ecological Northern Syria Federation.

The first two concrete projects of the “Make Rojava Green Again” campaign are:

  • Realization of the concepts of an ecological life and work in the Internationalist
    Academy, partly with the building up a nursery as a part of the Academy. In the
    spring of 2018, we will plant 2,000 trees in the area of the academy, and 50,000
    shoots in the nursery.
  • Practical and financial support for the Committee for Natural Conservation in the
    reforestation of the Hayaka natural reserve, near the city of Derik, in Cizire Canton.
    Over the next five years, we plan to plant more then 50,000 trees along the
    shores of Sefan Lake.

The collective work in the nursery will also be a part of the education in the
internationalist academy, as well as a concrete expression of solidarity with the
communes, institutions, and structures of the population.”

A call to the Climate Movement from the Make Rojava Green Again Campaign

We call up on you to defend Rojava! We call you to raise your voices and actions, to organize and to connect with each other. We call up on you to support us in solidarity and spread the word. Let’s build an international front fighting for climate-justice! Rojava can be a role model for humanity to save mother earth. Let’s stand up for it together!

Ecology in Times of War

In 2021, too, the war in Kurdistan has a great impact on the struggle for an ecological society there. So we need to take a closer look at how these two issues relate to each other and what an ecological stance can look like in times of war. To that end, Make Rojava Green Again conducted an interview with Kamuran Akın from Humboldt University in Berlin.

The Ecology of War

The ideology of the Kurdish liberation movement contemplates ecologism as one of its fundamental pillars. Even so, owing to nine years of war, barriers remain to its implementation.

Make Rojava Green Again Volunteers Help with Coriander Harvest

“In the liberated areas, every harvest is a revolutionary act. Our enemies aim to destroy the revolution by starving us – through embargo, arson, and violence. The collectivised lands we harvested this week lie in the shadow of a militarised imperialist border that divides the Kurdish people from each other, and in sight of fields

Make Rojava Green Again Picture Gallery April-May 2020

A lot happened since our last picture gallery published only one month ago. During those weeks, we notably went to a village called Rêhanik to help Kurdish friends there to build a new communal park where families from the village can gather to spend time together. But we mostly focused on the plantation of vegetables