ECOLISE - Belgium
Francesca Whitlock is co-president of ECOLISE, the European network for community-led initiatives on climate change and sustainability, and communications manager for the Global Ecovillage Network Europe. Before becoming inspired by the world of ecovillages and immersing herself in rural projects, she worked in London for several climate, sustainability and human rights NGOs including the UK Climate Coalition and Global Witness. Since 2015 she has lived and worked communally in ecovillage and climate initiatives, from Navarra's first rural community co-housing, Arterra Bizimodu, to Sunseed Desert Technology in the deserts of Almería, via the Wilderland agricultural community in New Zealand. She is co-founder of Milpeus, a cooperative land bank in rural Cataluña.