In Benin, many villages lack a source of safe drinking water. BSS are campaigning in rural communities on the importance of safe drinking water, and are building alliances between villages with access and villages without. They are also campaigning for prompt repairs of broken water pumps.
In Burundi, the recycling and use of expired medicines is a problem. Some households are reusing leftover drugs and others are discarding them in the environment. ABUCO-TI is bringing community and policy makers together to collaborate on safe collection and disposal of dangerous medicines. They are also educating participants on the dangers of using expired medicines.
FAC-CI will be organizing the collection and recycling of waste on school premises, while educating pupils on their rights, duties and eco-citizenship. The project will establish eco-citizenship clubs in schools and will encourage pupils to collaborate to solve the problem of domestic waste. FAC-CI aim to achieve behavior change so that people can become part of the solutions to solve this problem through eco-citizenship.
KCO are organizing community advocacy groups to build awareness on toxic products that are harmful and not fit for use. Through the advocacy groups, consumers are collaborating building a greater understanding for what to avoid and how.
PELUM Kenya are focusing on enhancing the recovery and saving of seeds within communities for exchange and sharing. They are encouraging the virtue of sharing of what we have by giving the elderly a platform to share knowledge of indigenous seeds, herbs, and spices, and in so doing PELUM Kenya are encouraging seed diversity and hence seed security, sovereignty and sustainability.
ASCOMA is working to create a healthy environment for the people of Municipality IV of the District of Bamako, where residents are experiencing a serious sanitation problem, resulting from anarchic garbage deposits, a lack of sewage systems and blockages of storm water drainage. ASCOMA are creating a community of sharing by bringing together authorities, residents, NGOs, and the media to be part of the solution by sharing knowledge, collaborating and promoting recycling programs.
In Bamako, the dyeing of textiles is big business. But the use of harmful chemicals damages both people’s health and the environment. REDECOMA are working for the adoption of good dyeing practices, with natural, traditional products like the non-harmful and recyclable “Dah”. They’re bringing together the different stakeholders within a framework for consultation, awareness-raising activities and popular lectures.
ADECOR is raising awareness and capacity builds for shared use of EcoSan toilets and a common biogas source in the Gicumbi district of Rwanda. The district struggles with poor sanitation and the excessive use of firewood that affects not only the health and economy of people but also the local environment.
ADEC are promoting community sharing for sustainable access to goods and services in Rufisque. They are doing this by forming discussion groups on the topic of sustainable access, and by organizing exchanges between consumer groups in order to share knowledge and experiences.
ATC is working to raise awareness of sustainable energy consumption practices in Togo, where deforestation has been increasing to meet energy demands. They are bringing together a range of stakeholders to provide Togolese communities with information and platforms for collaboration on sustainable energy use.
PELUM Uganda are working to promote seed diversity by organizing a seed diversity fair in the Mukono district. This will provide producers with a platform to showcase and share their diverse seeds with the community. In addition, it will ignite cultures of farmer-to-farmer exchange, sharing and collaboration as a way to create sustainable access to diverse and resilient seed for more farmers, while also reducing stress on the planet.
Through the formation and training of clubs, and the system of “each one, teach one” CCZ are promoting sustainable farming techniques and market access in the Manicaland Province of Zimbabwe. The use of clubs and “each one, teach one” ensures that skills and knowledge gets shared and disseminated further afield.
ASHI is raising awareness of sustainable consumption and is encouraging the community to practice sharing resources and buying less, and to make purchases that have a less damaging environmental impact. They are aiming to deepen the understanding of the social and urban planning factors of consumption and production.
CESDI have put together a group of students and teachers from three higher education institutions to practice sharing. They have also produced a book for children promoting the idea and practice of sharing.
CAG is aiming to educate consumers on sharing of excess food to avoid wastage. Wet-waste composting units will be set up at common places and consumers encouraged to put wet waste in these units. Households are also encouraged to set up kitchen gardens and grow organic vegetables, using the compost from the Kambhas as manure for plants.
CERC are promoting a culture of sharing by creating physical and virtual platforms to facilitate the exchange of second-hand items. The aim is to overcome a cultural stigma against sharing personal items.
CONFET are working to strengthen the community in Cuddalore with knowledge of Sharing Community resources, so as to secure their rights and help to preserve the environment.
CUTS are working with community kitchen gardening, composting and sharing the yield with the neighborhood community. The communities are also developing common kitchen gardens in waste lands. To avoid food wastage, sharing of left out food among the needy is also being carried out. They have also installed 'Walls of Kindness' where people can put their used and unused household items like clothes, Crockery items, books etc. to share with other community members.
Jan Kalyan Parishad are running street plays, workshops and other consumer awareness initiatives in order to promote sustainable consumption across all parts of society.
With exhibitions, drawing competitions, seminars and an essay competition, MAP are working to generate awareness of the sharing of goods and services in Tripura state.
The MVDA are running a travelling campaign to raise consumer awareness. Among other things, they are collecting old clothes, turning them into cloth bags, rugs, doormats and so on, which they are then returning to the participants.
The Centre are providing organic farmers in Madhya Pradesh with a platform to sell their products directly to urban consumers. They are also organizing an organic food festival in Bhopal which provides an opportunity for farmers and consumers to interact directly.
RLEK are working with women in the eco-sensitive Himalayan zone. They are conducting a workshop on “women and environmental sustainability”, giving momentum to policy efforts in environmental sustainability and providing a platform for deliberation and idea exchange on sustainable access and community sharing.
The Shohratgarh Environmental Society is working on sustainable consumption in the city of Lucknow. They are hosting several meetings, school rallies and stakeholder consultations and have developed an online platform where people can share their unwanted, but useful items.
Vaishvik Vikas Sanstha are working to minimize e-waste. Through an awareness raising campaign in schools and the formation of several committees and a “gadget club” they are setting up a structure in which electronic products can be collected, distributed and reused.
VOICE are promoting a culture of sharing community with a focus on the environment. In Delhi-NCR, which has a population of 27 million, the level of pollution has soared up to towering heights, resulting in many residents developing respiratory problems. VOICE are encouraging stakeholders to come forward for tree planting activities. This will lead to the sharing of knowledge, tools and nurturing of plants among various groups of society.
YCI are working with women in Gunungkidul. They will be establishing a network for sharing knowledge as well as the ability to process organic, local food as a source of carbohydrate alternatives. The main target group for this sharing will be the urban poor. Through their work, YCI are disseminating diversified, healthy food stuffs that are based on organic, local produce.
CL are collecting used clothes, school stationary and toys from across Lebanon. After sorting and cleaning, CL will share them with people in need, but not only as a humanitarian action but also to raise awareness about sharing and its benefits to the society as well as to the environment.
CAP are establishing a platform for sharing saved heirloom seeds and seedlings of indigenous and under-utilized varieties of food crops and herbs. They are organizing a fair for seed sharing, exchange or swapping amongst farmers, gardeners and the public and are running specific training on proper methods of seed saving of different varieties of vegetables with the aid of a guidebook developed by CAP.
SEWA Nepal are working to help a community of Kathmandu valley to start their own kitchen gardens and adopt vermicomposting practices by sharing space through training and material support.
Ecowaste are running an advocacy initiative under the title "Project Share". They seek to foster a culture of sharing of information, knowledge, expertise and other resources among public interest groups comprising the coalition in order to promote consumer rights and responsibilities, as well as advance the network’s vision for a zero waste and toxics-free society.
MASIPAG empowers farmers in the Philippines by improving their capacity to process organic products through the provision of shared facilities. They are also working to strengthen the ability of women to process agricultural products and directly promote local and sustainable consumption to consumers and policy makers.
Schools in Yemen suffer from poor safety and an insecure environment for students, exacerbated by the continuing war and siege. YACP are promoting food and environment programs in ten schools and are providing training for school staff and students to introduce consumer rights and duties and on how to create a healthy environment. Part of this will involve organizing an exhibition to educate students on the best methods for protecting the environment. Their aim is to use the experiences of these ten schools in order to help others from across Yemen to improve their local environment.
In rural communities of Armenia, accessibility to community ecosystems is limited because of environmental problems. Access to these ecosystems is vital, and the problems can be overcome when the community comes together to apply environmental measures using the goods and materials that they share. This means sharing agricultural tools and equipment, or inputs such as manure, mulch, seeds and seedlings, wooden or iron logs, etc. ANNA is arranging awareness-raising events for the communities having similar problems, cooperating with mass media, and carrying out other initiatives aimed at promoting a larger cultural or systemic change.
Idec are hosting a special day for its community and the general public. Some of the activities that are being carried out are a fair for people to swap or give second hand clothing and other things, talks on community sharing, collective picnic, story telling for kids etc. This is an easy and effective way to engage a community on sustainable consumption.
Unhealthy eating habits are a serious problem in Ecuador, due in part to aggressive advertising of sugary drinks and processed foods high in saturated fat. TECU will be bringing together teachers, parents and pupils to collaborate in promoting healthy eating, and challenge the influence of advertising upon the consumption of food in Quito. They will be teaching pupils to prepare fruit, drinks and healthy lunchboxes, and to read product labels.
CEJ is focusing on raising awareness of the pollution in the Santiago river, seeking to educate young people about the harmful effects of pollution upon human health. They are hosting an exhibition of children’s pictures depicting the Santiago river. CEJ are encouraging young people, children and teachers to collaborate in tackling the pollution in the Santiago river. They will educate young people about the harmful effects of pollution upon human health and the local environment and will use workshops to promote collaborative consumption and good community relations. They will also be meeting with community leaders to discuss how to disseminate collaborative consumption practices throughout their communities. Ultimately, CEJ aim to empower communities to overcome the polluting of the Santiago river and to develop a more sustainable relationship with their environment.
LIDECONIC are campaigning against the consumption of industrialized products in Nicaragua, which can cause damage to the environment and are often unhealthy for consumers. They will be organizing community fairs and awareness-raising talk with the aim of protecting the environment and promoting collaborative consumption among participants.
ASPEC are working to restore a culture of sharing in the community, while ending the taboo around sharing personal items in Peru. They are running an awareness-raising campaign and are encouraging participants sharing in everyday life.