The use of non-biodegradable plastic bags is a growing environmental problem in Benin, despite the adoption of a law prohibiting their use in 2017. In 2021, BSSC will train the mixed farming group of Sékou to manufacture and distribute lower-cost tinted fabric bags which are biodegradable, whilst raising public awareness of the dangers of non-biodegradable plastic bans. The project will establish a community defence platform to increase community participation and, at the end of the process, create and train a legacy group within the community with the revenues from the sale of bags manufactured.
Leftover (often expired) medications can create problems for human health and cause environmental pollution when disposed of unsafely. ABUCO's 2021 project aims to make consumers and communities more responsible for the management of leftover medicines. During Green Action Week, the communities will collect leftover and discarded medicines along rivers, in collaboration with the local authorities. ABUCO will further mobilise local communities through a radio campaign, press release and video. A workshop will enable community members to share testimonies and experiences, assess results and consolidate partnerships for future action.
There has been a substantial growth of waste and unsustainable consumption in Cape Verde over the last few years. This is caused by poor infrastructure for waste management and increased imports during the COVID-19 pandemic. ADECO’s 2021 “Green Community” campaign, which will leverage national TV, radio and social media, aims to inform, sensitize and educate communities, consumers and Cape Verdean society on how to reuse plastic packaging waste, with a specific focus on female empowerment. The campaign will create a plaKorm to share plastic packaging waste information and services, managed by two community leaders, and will implement circular waste management in the city of Mindelo, São Vicente.
ISD will enhance Biodiversity conservation and the culture of sharing and collaboration, mainly through demonstrating elder’s cultural medicinal knowledge and food sharing events. Popularizing the concept of sustainable consumption through collaboration with local communities and actors helps to build networks for knowledge sharing and deepen the value of sharing community. Sensitization and collaboration enable communities to share goods and services in an effective way which opens an opportunity for local self-supportive initiatives such as care for street children and helpless elders.
CUTS Accra’s 2021 campaign seeks to raise awareness of the environmental effects of plastic pollution and promote resource-sharing habits among community members to reduce the use of plastic bags. Sensitisation meetings and focus group discussions in five schools will be conducted on the importance of reusing plastic materials and the value of choosing bio-degradable alternatives such as paper or jute. Consultations with policymakers will create political buy-in for policy reforms and behavioural changes to reduce plastic pollution.
Many Kenyan consumers lack awareness and information about sustainable goods. Kenyan consumers are not aware of how to insist on goods which are sustainable as well as affordable. To mitigate these problems, KCO's 2021 campaign will provide consumers with education on topics such as safety, consumer protection and redress. Community advocacy group discussions will be organised to share views and experiences on how to monitor goods offered to consumers and to promote greater awareness of sustainable goods and services.
PELUM Kenya promotes the culture of sharing indigenous foods and preparation of a wide range of natural recipes traditionally known to the host zone. The event will bring on board the school going youths, organic food eatery outlets, media, small scale farmers, organized community group representatives, development players, local traders, academia and county government officials. The campaign puts special emphasis on the environmentally friendly processes involved in producing heathy foods for nutritional security and sustainable environment.
YEN’s 2021 campaign will engage learners in five selected schools in Western Kenya where food safety and scarcity are a major problem. In each school, YEN will establish sustainable fruit tree gardens and share knowledge on how to collect and plant seeds to grow nutritious local fruits. A knowledgesharing platform between the schools and local communities will be established to spread indigenous knowledge and skills on food security. The fruit gardens will become teaching centres for sustainable consumption practices, fostering next generation leadership and participatory cultures among learners.
The production of certain food products during the winter season is not widely practiced in Niger, particularly on the banks of the river and certain waterways. These products are therefore only imported from neighbouring countries at high prices. ADDC-Wadata's campaign looks to improve local production techniques through training semi-skilled men and women who have experience building family gardens for self-consumption. Activities will include: creating and popularising technical sheets on four products (tomato, cabbage, salad, potato); facilitating knowledge-sharing amongst thirty potential producers; and implementing and monitoring production on selected sites.
The loss of soil productivity is a serious problem in the Rwamagana district of Rwanda, causing unstable agricultural production. The Girinka policy (one cow per low-income family) is hampered by manure distribution inequality. ADECOR’s 2021 project will encourage the sharing of livestock manure within the community. An association and inclusive steering commigee from different layers of the community will be created to communicate the importance of peer to peer manure sharing in order to restore degraded land and protect against climate change.
The prevalence of foodborne illness is a serious public health problem in Senegal. ADEC aims to increase consumer awareness and redirect consumer choice towards products free of pesticides and other hazardous chemicals. To do this, ADEC plans to strengthen the capacity of women's groups, young people and other vulnerable groups to adopt good hygiene practices, preserve the living environment, and practise techniques of micro gardening. Community nurseries will also be established, supplying households with various plants. The activities will establish a dynamic interaction between the different stakeholders and will promote the sharing of products.
Faith Leaders from around Southern Africa will participate in the week’s activities in a way that will highlight the sharing community. As Southern Africa, and the world, are battling with the COVID pandemic, the issue of sharing resources and in particular food has become even more relevant. As communities focus on the pandemic little attention is being paid to environmental issues and there is a deterioration of both the natural and manmade environments. Common action that will bring change are required. Therefore, SAFCEI are working with faith leaders on initiatives around caring for the environment and also sustainable food production.
Waste mismanagement is a serious issue in Sudan, causing the contamination of both surface and ground water. This in turn has devastating impacts on human health and the environment. SCPS's 2021 project will launch a national campaign for tackling electronic waste in Sudan. The activities will take place in partnership with the local school systems in Sudan and will create awareness amongst learners about the safe management of waste. School communities will also be involved in adopting recycling bins of electronic waste.
In both rural and urban areas, there is a need to increase awareness and build understanding on the use of herbs and organic food for the purpose of improving health and sustaining the environment. Old traditional systems needs to be known, practiced and shared widely for a healthy, safe and clean environment and sustainable development. A community and young generations will be taught how to obtain, use and protect the traditional food and medicines by establishing a demonstration garden for learning.
PELUM Ugandas campaign involves a community seed sharing caravan, a cooking demonstration and tasting of indigenous foods, community awareness on seed sharing (including publicizing open source seed systems) and holding a mini-diversity seed fair. Through media awareness and sensitization on sharing of indigenous and traditional seed varieties, this is expected to lead to increased sustainable access and demand for good quality diverse seed, resulting into increased production of highly nutritious foods by the farmers and better nutrition of the consumers.
Food insecurity and undernourishment is a large problem in Zambia, exacerbated by mono-crop diets. A lack of information for consumers on the benefits of a diverse, sustainable diet has contributed to a lack of diversification along the food supply chain. CUTS Lusaka’s project seeks to speed up the process of changing consumption pagerns through generational knowledge sharing. Communities will develop and distribute a recipe booklet and an inter-generational school food fair will be organised where recipes will be shared and cooked. These activities aim to encourage diet diversification and the diversification at production level for joint environmental and health benefit.
Consumers in Zimbabwe often struggle to meet their dietary requirements, which has been exacerbated by the destruction of livelihoods caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. CCZ’s 2021 campaign intends to promote sustainable herbal backyard gardening in order to mitigate challenges brought about by malnutrition. CCZ has clubs in various communities which will be used as conduits for sharing information: five Consumer Action clubs will be trained by members who are already practising herbal gardening. Clubs will be taught how to grow herbs such as dill, mint, lemon grass, aloe vera, and zumbani, a local tea historically used in flu fighting and immune system boosting.
Abhivyakti Society are collecting and sharing community waste plastic. With the help of communities, it is converted into Eco bricks that in collaboration with a Community-Based Distribution (CBDs) will be used instead of regular bricks.
Anmol Foundation works with community sharing to strengthen local culture and traditions and environmental protection. They promote community sharing in communication with the government and the media so that more and more people become aware of the sharing.
CECOEDECON are working to create mass awareness on the culture of sharing community, sharing economy and promoting the concept of sustainable and collaborative consumption & production. Their campaign is carried out in urban areas of Indore city focusing on urban consumers and community members in general. They envision a thriving sharing economy where everyone is a supplier of tools, resources, goods, experiences, time and experience.
CDEW's GAW campaign will be a platform for ecological education. They are working with indigenous people belonging to different caste and class in a number of villages to beat consumerism and its impacts. Youth led events and community-wise actions on sharing will beat consumerism and help them to adopt eco- friendly sustainable lifestyles for healthy people and healthy planet.
Many in India still do not recognise the importance of sharing cultures, with high levels of consumption leading to unsustainable living and growing inequity in access to goods and services. CAG's 2021 project aims to set up a ‘Sharing Network’ of consumers to understand, share and practice the concept of sharing and sustainable consumption, with a focus on the next generation. A cartoon booklet will be prepared and distributed to educate young people about the importance of sustainable consumption, along with a sharing event for used toys. Essay-writing and storytelling competitions will be conducted among school children to motivate them to practice sharing cultures for a healthy and sustainable future.
COVID-19 has had many negative social and environmental impacts in India, including the increased marginalisation of migrant workers, a rise in inequality, inadequate sharing of medical supplies, and a growing waste problem from unsustainable consumption. CERC’s 2021 campaign will mitigate each of these problems by establishing sharing community practices. The campaign will create a sharing platform between the resident community and migrant and daily wage labour community, run physical collection centres for the sharing of goods between target groups, disseminate video appeals to people to share household items and not to hoard COVID-19 medical supplies, and undertake training activities around waste disposal and reuse.
Consumer Guild are promoting sustainable and responsible consumption and to build the sharing community to protect the environment and available resources.
CUTS are targeting four communities of Jaipur city to create awareness on ‘Sharing Community’. ‘Kitchen Gardening’ will educate consumers along with ‘Wall of Kindness’, E-Waste awareness & collection and ‘Community Library’ as other activities, through which ‘Community Sharing’ will be addressed like last few years.
YCI’s 2021 campaign aims to build the capacity of women farmers to cultivate, harvest and market rhizome plants in their home yards. The campaign if successful will help to conserve local rhizome plants as a wealth of biodiversity and increase local family incomes through the establishment of herbal medicine businesses. Activities will include awareness training on the benefits of local rhizomes and the importance of sharing resources in the community, as well as practising rhizome planting and cultivation in rural village communities.
Mankind Awareness Platform are working with sustainable waste management through education and awareness, focusing on education and creating a strong cadre of trained teachers who can motivate students and together with students motivate community for positive actions.
PLAN Foundation campaign emphasises the sharing of knowledge and sharing of useable items that currently are treated as waste. They are creating a platform in Shimla city where people can deposit their old and re-useable items.
RASTA are promoting the concept of sharing green products, and are promoting services and behaviour that take care of equal responsibility and value. A digital has been created to provide an opportunity for the local communities to learn about creative concepts of sharing, empathising and caring. The youth in the community work together and support each other to support their community to rise.
Tomorrow’s Foundation aims to create awareness on unsustainable social trends and irresponsible consumption and are exploring various options for consumption behavioural change by using a digital platform for promoting collaborative consumption like sharing, swapping, trading, renting, reinventing the way we consume which will ultimately help citizen and communities in multiple ways to sustain their lifestyle and environment benefits by reducing the waste. The campaign will also try to create a political buy-in among policymakers for policy reform towards sustainable consumption through media advocacy.
Vaishvik Vikas Sanstha are raising awareness about the importance sharing community and the 3Rs', reduce, reuse, recycle.
Plastic pollution is a large and growing problem in India, with various environmental and social impacts. Consumer VOICE’s 2021 campaign will be conducted remotely, and aims to help youths, consumers and women’s groups to tackle plastic pollution. The campaign will educate and sensitize these target groups to the problem through webinars, videos and social media and encourage them to take concrete steps to reduce plastics in their consumption habits.
Women Consumer Protection Association are working to promote hydroponic farming-a soil less initiative. This is highly relevant as due to unfavourable weather and degenerative soil conditions; traditional farming is on the decline. Also, no pest control and fertilizers are needed there by making this a viable option. The objective of hydroponic farming is to cultivate vegetables with minimal use of soil and water. At the same time, it can provide sustainable employment to women thereby empowering them.
Waste generated from toys is a significant problem in Lebanon, whilst many families cannot afford any toys for their children. Consumers Lebanon's ‘Re-play’ campaign aims to reduce the waste from plastic and electronic toys by sharing unwanted toys with other children who would like to have them for reuse. An online platform, moderated in partnership with local municipalities and NGOs, will enable community members to connect and share used items an interactive, user-friendly space. Consumers Lebanon will organise awareness raising activities, including three webinars, to promote the campaign.
The promotion of intensive industrial agriculture in Malaysia has led to soil degradation, environmental pollution and destruction, the contamination of food with pesticides, hormones and toxins, and a dependence on fossil fuels and agrochemicals. CAP's 2021 campaign aims to foster a sharing community that can assist in recapturing the food and seed systems. The project will advance food and seed sovereignty by building solidarity among consumers through the sharing of knowledge and seeds during Green Action Week events. Sharing communities will be using existing virtual and physical plaKorms initiated by CAP.
Food insecurity is a large problem in Pakistan and in urban areas, there is a significant lack of fresh and organic food, with vegetables and fruits sold at unaffordable prices. The Network's project will address the issue of food insecurity by reviving the older tradition of mutual support. Urban gardening allows communities to help each other in setting up shared plots in their backyards and balconies for fruits and vegetables. The Network will teach targeted participants of Rawalpindi city to develop kitchen or community gardens, with the combined aims of relieving the economic burden on consumers, improving diets, and adding greenery to urban environments.
The EcoWaste Coalition are building on community pantries targeting areas inhabited by economically disadvantaged informal waste workers in Metro Manila, Cebu City and Davao City. In collaboration with local authorities and civil society partners, EWC mobilizes informal waste workers’ groups to distribute basic household goods to their families and other low-income families, operated through door-to-door by mobile carts to avoid mass gathering and observe health protocols. Moreover, EWC will elevate and bring environmental accountability from household recipients by demanding their reusable and recyclable goods in exchange of household essentials.
This year at the tail-end of the National People Food Systems Summit, IBON and SUKI join the AgroecologyX network in celebrating Peasant Month. They open additional communities for urban farming, conduct demos for sustainable backyard recipes, feature their "Lahutay: Path to Sustainability" documentation of SCP-practicing ALCADEV, and take part in their expanded producer-consumer Agroecology Fair.
Masipags campaign focus is on intensifying organic crops and livestock production for consumption and sustainable livelihood through enhancement of sustainable agroecosystems. This can be achieved through diversification and integration of farm components including livestock and poultry of partner communities. Intensification of organic farming practices among people’s organizations and sharing of farmers’ seeds, livestock, and technology to a great extent would contribute in ensuring sustainability and continuity of the fundamental nature of Green Action Week’s theme – sharing community.
In Yemen, women are still subject to many restrictions, and targeting them directly is one of the most important ways to contribute to sustainable development. YACP's 2021 project aims to develop environmental awareness among women and to strengthen their role in spreading sustainable cultures in society. The awareness campaign will focus on reducing plastic pollution, disposing safely of hazardous waste, recycling, green spaces and home gardens, organic agriculture, encouraging sustainable consumption. Community representatives will be trained and provided with materials to spread awareness among local communities.
As demand for food and agricultural products increases, unsustainable farming activities such as deforestation have increased in Fiji. Uncontrolled and unsustainable deforestation causes extreme soil erosion and results in lost productivity, as well as more frequent and extensive flooding. CCF’s 2021 project aims to leverage the Solesolevaki (sharing and working together in native language) culture of Fijians to collectively advocate and educate villages on the impact of uncontrolled deforestation. The project will see a close collaboration between the Consumer Council, Ministry of Agriculture along with village heads who will jointly come up with amicable solutions.
70% of the electricity in Mexico’s heavily populated Guadalajara Metropolitan Area (AMG) is sourced from a Thermoelectric Power Plant located in the neighbouring state of Colima, which is surrounded by fragile ecosystems and vulnerable populations. CEJ will hold a series of ‘Digital Dialogues on Energy Consumption’ that will: document and communicate the origin of the energy consumed in the AMG; encourage the exchange of concerns and experiences between the consumers of the AMG and the inhabitants of Manzanillo affected by the thermoelectric plant, especially women; enable consumers to discuss and take ownership of their right to human and environmental health and access to clean, renewable and affordable energy.
SSNC Green Action Week is about inspiring and encouraging each other to take care of our things, clothes and furniture to reduce the consumption of new stuff. There will be solid, concrete tips on how you can fix, repair, care for and reuse your belongings under the slogan "Take care of what we have".
Consumers International are hosting the Green Action Fund and are encouraging their members and employees to spur sharing and collaboration.
Centro Ecologico aims to reach different audiences and has a wide set of actions planned. Bringing back individual, family and community memories of sharing is the inspiration for their campaign since memories can contribute to revive the importance of resuming these habits. They will host online soirees', seed sharing events, book fairs, food preparation workshops. Among other things.
The Comunidade Educacional de Pirenópolis (COEPi, Pirenópolis Educational Community), in Goiás, carries out the production of bags by reusing discarded raffia bags, in addition to organizing sewing and art workshops for printing prints involving young people. The project consists of delivering the bags produced in actions at the fair, a moment to raise awareness of residents and marketers about the use and consumption of plastic packaging and the adoption of the bag as an exercise in sustainable practice, in addition to inviting the public to contribute with other related attitudes the correct disposal of recyclable and organic materials.
The Escola Família Agrícola de Jaboticaba (Family Agricultural School of Jaboticaba), located in Quixabeira (BA), is an institution that provides education to young people, most of whom are children of small rural producers in the semiarid region of Bahia. The construction of a biodigester for the production of gas that will be used in the school cafeteria and the production of organic fertilizers resulting from the biodigestion of manure and implementation of a model reforestation area with native species of the caatinga, will be living laboratories for students and of communities.
IDEC are supporting and amplifying civil society initiatives across Brazil and are organizing a joint activity together. In doing this, they strengthen social initiatives that promote sustainable consumption, such as access to healthy and sustainable food, urban mobility, composting and more, and reinforce the sense of community during the pandemic time.
Led by Instituto Abraço, the Água para Todos project addresses the vulnerability of the community of Vila Princesa, in Porto Velho, which, in addition to being located in an area adjacent to the dump, does not have access to basic sanitation. The purpose of the project is to propose systems for capturing rainwater from the roofs of residences, with the proposal of a preliminary treatment that makes it possible to provide conditions for safe domestic use of this water.
The Vila Nancy Community Vegetable Garden is a reference for the city of São Paulo. Part of the fight for housing in the neighborhood located in the Guaianases district, east of the capital, the vegetable garden has existed for 35 years, maintaining 3 springs, a lake, animal husbandry, flowerbed, forest and a kitchen in an area of about 2,000 m². In partnership with the Kairós Institute, Chef Leila D. and female farmers, the project intends to equip the kitchen in the garden space to develop eco-gastronomy workshops for surrounding women to fight food insecurity.
Quitanda dos Quintais is a fair of organic products that mobilizes and supports family farmers in Betânia do Piauí (PI) in the commercialization of their products and in raising the population's awareness of the importance of these foods. The Instituto Novo Sertão project supports producers with training to improve production, increase diversity and share good practices. The objective is to generate an environment of exchange, strengthen the circular economy and preserve the local biome in the semi-arid region of the Northeast.
Household solid waste has become a serious problem in Costa Rica. Ambio's 2021 campaign will enable people to share experiences and knowledge on how to dispose of their solid waste at home (such as eco-blocks and composting). Social networks and virtual meetings with women's groups will facilitate the knowledge exchange. The campaign focuses on the application the 7Rs of waste management to empower consumers.
Tribuna’s project will build on the Collaborative and Responsible Consumption Digital Network that was created in last year’s campaign. The network will convene consumers, providers of goods and services, academics, smallholder organic producers and others to find new ways of positioning consumers in the value chain and to move towards alternative consumption systems. Tribuna will develop a range of educational and communicational audio-visual materials to be used in the network workshops to stimulate reflection and knowledge-sharing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated economic and social inequalities in Peru. Some of the worst affected have been: small farmers in rural high Andean areas who till now have managed to maintain their ancestral farming techniques; and consumers, who have nonetheless developed a growing interest in healthy and environmentally friendly food alternatives. ASPEC's 2021 campaign seeks to create spaces in itinerant fairs where consumers and farmers can form a community to promote the exchange of Peruvian agrobiodiversity products. The campaign will encourage ‘sharing community’ among citizens in the face of consumerism and contribute to the care of Peruvian agrobiodiversity.