Inspiring and Growing a Sharing Community
Inspiring and Growing
a Sharing Community
About Green Action Week

Green Action Week is a global joint action campaign to promote sustainable consumption in communities, countries and regions. It takes place in September to November each year. Participants in the campaign showcase creative ways of bringing about change by enabling the sharing of and access to resources.

Why Green Action Week?

We need to work together to build a better world for all. One way that we can do that is through creating, participating in or boosting a sharing community that can work towards ensuring that everyone has sustainable access to good and services. Green Action Week highlights the actions that organisations around the world are taking in this regard. See examples from previous Green Action Week’s here

Sharing Community

A sharing community is united in common visions related to strong community and cooperation networks, sustainable and safe food and farming systems, equitable access to the economy and resources, clean environments, recognition of all knowledge systems, and more. When people collaborate and share goods and services, communities become stronger. Stronger communities generate shared social benefits that also reduce the negative impact we have on the planet.


Values Include

  • Mutually beneficial
  • For the common good
  • Focus on relationships
  • Equality and respect for all
  • Economic and social justice
  • Care for people and the planet

When, Where and How Does It Happen?

Organisations can plan activities that take place from September to November but must commit to doing something in Green Action Week itself (2 to 8 October 2023).

Green Action Week activities happen on the ground with people. We share participant stories online through social media, blog posts and more, to boost this global call for action on sustainable consumption.

Head over here to see how to prepare your campaign. 

Who Can Take Part?

Green Action Week is open to all groups, organisations and individuals who wish to join in this movement of a sharing community for sustainable consumption. Anyone partaking would need to commit to honouring the values and mission of Green Action Week, and those of a Sharing Community as outlined above.

People working together in a strong community with a shared goal and a common purpose can make the impossible possible.

Tom Vilsack

Who Supports Green Action Week

The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) started the Green Action Week Swedish campaign in 1990 and the international campaign in 2010 to showcase activities undertaken by organisations around the world that contribute to bringing about a better world for all. SSNC is Sweden’s largest environmental organisation. It has more than 200 000 members and 45 partners around the world. SSNC works at local, regional and international levels to encourage action on significant challenges related to environmental and social concerns.

SSNC undertakes this campaign in collaboration with Consumers International, the world federation of consumer groups that, working together with its members, serves as the only independent and authoritative global voice for consumers. Consumers International supports some of its members in taking part in the campaign.