The Ladybug "Tentou project"
Running time: From October 2016
Ladybugs are found everywhere on the globe.
It is a small insect with many symbolic meanings: when every one was gathered in Japan and a ladybug crawled up, one of the project partners took it on his finger and went out of the room and said:
“Marie Marie Marolle, fly up and ask for good weather.”
In Denmark we do exactly the same and since he was Japanese, the project was called Tentou which in Japanese means ladybug.
With the support of the KR Foundation, Samsø Energy Academy in October 2016 assembled in the Tentou partnership with like-minded from Japan, Australia, Maine and Hawaii in the United States with the aim of showing the international dimension of community power.
Purpose and description:
The Tentou Partnership wants to inspire communities around the globe who share the same principles to make a difference and formulate a new narrative for a required global paradigm shift that can tackle climate change.
Samsø Energy Academy believes that the global climate challenge i best handled locally through the use of democratic principles such as citizen participation and shared ownership. By recognizing global challenges, communities can thus think and act locally and at the same time work on sustainable energy conversion.
Such a solution has been tested with great success on Samsø over the last 20 years. It has helped create a more sustainable economy and a brand of great international value which today makes the island a global frontrunner.
Using ambitious public events and international tours and workshops, Tentou shares information, exchanges experiences and offers capacity building in the strengthening and creation of new, local community power hubs.
Such hubs should encourage stakeholders, citizens, businesses, public institutions, energy companies and schools to collaborate and become the driving forces in a community-based development of sustainable energy.
Finally, the Tentou vision is becoming widespread and copied to communities all over the world and creates so much influence that community power will betomorrow’s driving force in the global energy conversion.