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:
- 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.
- Joining the work of ecological projects for reforestation, and building up a
cooperative tree nursery as part of the Internationalist Academy.
- 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.”
“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
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
After the first snow since four years in February, spring has come to Rojava and we are happy that we could start again our ecological work at the internationalist commune. In the last months we were not able to do practical work because of the war, so there‘s a lot to do. In the last
As April is one of the last months before the summer, we were focusing on the work at the site of our academy. We were continuing to work on our park of the internationalist martyrs and planted trees in another segment of the academy site. In that area we were mixing olive, pomegrenate, grapefruit, almond, plum and mulberry trees. In other different places we continued with planting vegetables and small bushes.
Over the last two weeks we finally planted the first badge of olive trees on the area of our academy. The trees are still small, but already change the appearance of the place a lot. We got the trees from a nearby tree nursery. When the war in Afrin was getting more intense many olive trees were cutted as saplings and brought to the other parts of Rojava, also to that tree nursery. In that way we see on the one side of Rojava the Turkish is brutally acting against people and nature – olive orchards have been burnt down – on the other side we try to contribute to the reforestation of the region.