Mabel Cañada Zorrilla

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Mabel Cañada Zorrilla
Known forEnvironmentalist

Mabel Cañada Zorrilla (b. 1952) is a Spanish environmentalist. She is an antimilitarist and pacifist. She is the founder of the ecovillage of Lakabe. It is a town recovered in Navarra 40 years ago and united into the Iberian Ecovillage Network.[1][2]

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Mabel Cañada was born in the Santutxu neighborhood of Bilbao in 1952. She is a daughter of Ángel, a Burgos glassmaker and Isabel, a Balmasedana. She stopped studying nursing to take care of her father. She is the second child of the five sisters and two brothers.[3] She is a mother of 4 children. She is active in groups such as the Conscientious Objection Movement (MOC).[4] It is the feminist movement. She is also active in groups against large infrastructures like nuclear power plants or the Itoiz reservoir in Navarra.[5]

She was one of the founders of the community of Lakabe (Navarra) in 1980. It is an unpopulated town that was later recovered. In the place, coexistence is based on self-management, self-sufficiency, self-consumption, mutual help and team work.[6][7][8]

Welcome to Lakabe sign

Cañada has been trained in many ways to create collectivity. She is taught to express oneself in a group, to live in community, to organise structures allowing horizontal decision-making, in process facilitation, experimental education and non-violent communication.[9] It has also been formed in other communities such as Findhorn.[10]

Lakabe, Navarra

Since 2004, she has been providing many changes to the processes, performances from many situations for social groups. She has accompanied them in their own processes. She has taught them the courses and workshops.[11]

References[change | change source]

  1. Red, Nodo50 Contrainformación en la (2020-05-03). "Lo social es la vida Entrevista a Mabel Cañadas, miembro de la comuna de Lakabe (I)". Nodo50. Contrainformación en la Red (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-05-03.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. Blasco, Roge (19 May 2019). "Mabel Cañada rehabitar los pueblos abandonados de Navarra. | El blog de Roge" (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  3. "Mabel Cañada: "Lakabe es una escuela de activistas"". (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  4. "El movimiento pacifista en la Transición española | Rojo y Negro". Archived from the original on 2021-04-24. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  5. Zorrilla, Mabel Cañada (2000). "Situación actual del pantano de Itoiz". El Ecologista (23): 37. ISSN 0211-6472.
  6. "Mabel Cañada, fundadora de Lakabe, municipio autogestionado: "Los cambios sociales deben partir del espacio de cada uno"". (in Spanish). 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  7. "Experiencia de la ecoaldea de Lakabe". Economía solidaria (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  8. "Entrevista a Mabel Cañadas (Lakabe) / Curso UPV 2014". Calcuta Ondoan ONGD. 19 November 2014.
  9. "Fortalecer la comunidad: retos y dificultades en la experiencia comunitaria". Solidaridad Internacional Andalucía.
  10. "¿Quiénes somos? | IIFAC-E" (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  11. "De lo colectivo y la creación de humanidad | IIFAC-E" (in European Spanish). Retrieved 2020-05-03.