How Team Norvergence Foundation INC Works?
Environmentalists at Norvergence follow a process of observing & collecting data about the environment, people, & cultures. After collecting in-depth data, we partner with communities and governments to execute the results of our environmental findings.
The whole process comes under “Norvergence Field Projects”. Let’s discuss it in detail:
Norvergence Field Projects
Norvergence integrates theory and practical by providing volunteers (especially students) an opportunity to work on environmental challenges. Since the Norvergence inception, we have completed over 50 field projects with school & college groups, community groups, NGOs, and governments.
Our environmentalists and volunteers are getting their hands dirty to prove Norvergence’s vision that human prosperity depends upon nature.
Our projects are mostly focused on water, soil, energy, food, workforce development, child development, open space, and community development.
List of Norvergence Field Projects
Environment volunteers are actively engaged in many local fieldwork opportunities with us. Following are the projects we provide:
Biology, chemistry, and ecology students generally take part in this project and do research in their laboratories, assist scientists or preparing educational materials, and prepare biographical summaries of various environmental speakers.
Environmental Conservation Classes
Volunteers do research on environmental law, drafted environmental impact statements and participated in research and planning projects.
Waste Management Classes
Volunteers encourage schools/colleges/businesses to identify materials in the waste stream of use and to access their waste. Volunteers and Norvergence scientists are involved in toxic waste management, water pollution, and other environmental and planning issues.
Apart from above, Norvergence has a large number of other field projects.
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Respecting Human Rights while Doing Field Projects
Indigenous people are worst affected by climate change due to their close relationship with the environment and their dependence on natural resources.
A statement by the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples during her visit to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Mexico said: “I heard consistent complaints about economic development projects that were not adequately consulted and have led to land dispossession, environmental impacts, social conflicts and [criminalization] of indigenous community members opposing them.
These include mining, oil and gas, hydroelectric, wind, solar, infrastructure, tourism and agro-industrial projects.”
How Norvergence works with Indigenous people
We train our volunteers to ensure that our work respects the rights and voices of indigenous people. On every field project, we make sure that we respect human rights, protect vulnerable groups and promote brotherhood.
We also make sure while implementing land restoration plans, all decisions must be made with the full participation of the indigenous communities living there. Following is the process Norvergence environmentalists follow:
Strengthening Indigenous Communities: We organize meetings with and between indigenous peoples, conduct strategic planning, and do studies on their use and management of natural resources.
Building Support: We identify the participants for the network, promote the network’s ideals, spread information and form an alliance to support indigenous peoples.
Charities like Norvergence that supports Indigenous People and protects their rights.
Habitat for Humanity: The organization helps to create safe and decent places to live for indigenous people through affordable homeownership.
Honoring Indigenous Peoples: It honors indigenous people by supporting educational efforts and encouraging people across Canada to be aware of indigenous issues, their history, and culture.
Mennonite Central Committee: The organization builds a relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous people through:
- Teaching Mennonite constituents on Indigenous history, rights, and issues using workshops, speaking engagements, publications, and online resources.
- Providing opportunities for international exchanges between Indigenous people.
- Collaborating with Indigenous partners on advocacy.
The Gord Downie/Chanie Wenjack Foundation: It encourages schools, businesses and the corporate sector to answer Gord Downie’s call to action for reconciliation.
Overall, Norvergence always protects the rights of indigenous people while doing fieldwork.