After six years from the beginning of this journey (the first RESTORE idea dates back to April 2015), and four years and a half from COST RESTORE proposal approval, the #CostRestore Action has come to its end, last April 30th, 2021. I would express my sincere thanks and gratitude to all the RESTORE members, stakeholders and all those who supported our Action, sharing the principles that guided our vision and commitment. The successful experience we shared is simply amazing. Collectively, we did our best to ‘rethink sustainability towards a regenerative economy’ with an impressive number of high-quality outcomes proof of our incredible collaboration, also despite the pandemics and the impossibility to meet for the last 14 months.
Let me list some numbers:
- 4 years
- 160+ members
- 40+ different expertise
- 100+ organisations
- 40 countries
- 5 working groups
- 8 books (freely available here)
- 5 training schools with 110+ participants and 110+ trainers (a 1:1 ratio, isn’t it amazing?)
- 30+ Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs)
- 30+ scientific articles
- 10 main conferences with 700+ attendees and 130+ speakers
- 40+ newsletters, not to forget a constant massive presence on social media
- 6 videos
- the 1st carbon neutral EU network
Even if the great network we created will last beyond the Action’s end, there is unfortunately the possibility that everything may be quickly forgotten, if no action is taken to protect and maintain the network. This said, I am so happy that the RESTORE Management Committee approved to transfer the Action’s assets to Living Future Europe. LFE has the mission to ‘make the world work for 100% of humanity, in the shortest possible time, through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or disadvantage of anyone, catalysing the transformation toward communities that are socially just, culturally rich, and ecologically restorative’. An ambitious program, that has much in common with the work and values of RESTORE.
What I actually would like to do is to thank personally all the fellow travellers in this fantastic journey, one by one. It is impossible, also considering how the pandemics affects our life, without any possibility to meet. You know, individually, the work and commitment you put in Restore, so be happy and proud for this, this is the best thanks I can say to you.
All the best #CostRestore
[Image: Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts (USA) by the name of Henry David Thoreau’s famous 1854 work]