Introducing GLFx: the activist network for restoring landscapes

Around the world, local GLFx chapters are popping up of people dedicated to making their landscapes more sustainable. Meet them here

The landscape of Table Mountain and Cape Town, where one of the first GLFx chapters has been established. Thomas Bennie, Unsplash
10 May 2021
David Charles
10 May 2021
David Charles

This article introduces the GLFx platform of the Global Landscapes Forum. To learn more and join the initiative, visit here.

The Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) is the world’s largest knowledge-led platform on sustainable land use. The GLF’s founding principle is that, if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and Paris Agreement on climate change, then we will need to build a global movement of people committed to not only learning but also acting.

The GLF began with a goal of reaching 1 billion people, and by some metrics, it has accomplished this, which led to the question: what does reaching 1 billion people mean without real, on-the-ground, landscape-changing impact?

In 2021, to support this ambition, the GLF launched a network called GLFx. The online community, which acts as a central hub for connection and knowledge sharing, is energized by independent chapters who meet in-person locally to take action on sustainability projects.

Around the world, as the movement grows, local GLFx chapters are popping up everywhere, from Accra in Ghana to Veracruz on the coast of Mexico.

Supported by the GLF headquarters in Bonn, Germany, these local chapters are already working to build a better world today, whether that’s through engaging young Kenyans with a Twitter chat on why Nairobi is overheating, or facilitating the exchange of best practices among fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico.

You can find out more about some of the GLFx chapters in the links below, and keep an eye on this page as we speak to more of the incredible GLFx coordinators and add new profiles.

GLFx is free for anyone to join and is a great way to meet other people taking action to create sustainable landscapes. If you would like to take a leadership role, you can apply to set up your own GLFx chapter here.

Read our profiles of the GLFx chapters

“Once more people are engaged, it will bring other new opportunities”: GLFx Lilongwe
“There’s so much need for restoration”: GLFx Cape Town
“Nature conservation is inseparable from the wellbeing of local communities”: GLFx Veracruz
“We feel the government is missing an opportunity”: GLFx Nairobi

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