Stories from Green Action Week 2021

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Costa Rica

Make your own fertilizer

Costa Rica

Make your own fertilizer

Costa Rica

Make your own fertilizer

Costa Rica

Make your own fertilizer

Benin - Benin Santé et Survie du Consommateur

In Benin, groups trying to grow vegetables in soil free of plastic bags tackled the problem at the demand-side, creating their own sustainable bags with attractive designs.

𝘓𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘶𝘱𝘦𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘷𝘦𝘶𝘵 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦𝘳 𝘭𝘢 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘥𝘦 𝘭𝘦́𝘨𝘶𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘶𝘳 𝘶𝘯 𝘴𝘰𝘭 𝘥𝘦́𝘣𝘢𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘴𝘴𝘦́ 𝘥𝘦 𝘴𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘦𝘵𝘴 𝘦𝘯 𝘱𝘭𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘲𝘶𝘦. 𝘓𝘢 𝘵𝘦𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘶𝘳𝘦 𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘴𝘶𝘴 𝘥𝘦𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘵 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘷𝘪𝘳 𝘢̀ 𝘭𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘧𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘥𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘢𝘤𝘴.

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Brazil - Centro Ecológico

“Soon, 230 kilos of plastic caps will be transformed into food, surgeries and veterinary consultations for street animals or animals of low-income guardians in Torres [a city in southern Brazil].

The metamorphosis won’t be the result of any magic, but of approximately 350 hours of dedication from Ana Telles, a volunteer from the Associação Torrense de Proteção aos Animais. Since July 1st, when she sent a 165 kilo shipment to Tampinha Legal, in Porto Alegre, she has started again the collection, selection, cleaning and storage of more bottle caps, in a work she has been doing for four years.”

– Read the full article by Centro Ecológico here

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Ana and her dog Amora inspect the plastic caps

Alone we are weak, but when we get together, in any fight, we become strong

- Maria da Graça Scherer Nogueira

Costa Rica - Ambio

Focusing on how to reuse household waste, Ambio in Costa Rica: 

  • Created video tutorials for turning household waste into ‘ecoblocks’ which can be used for long-lasting household furniture among other uses.
  • Created a detailed guide for how to make organic fertilizer and use it in home gardens. 

Ethiopia - Institute for Sustainable Development

Coordinated by the Institute for Sustainable Development, residents in the small town of Fofa, southern Ethiopia, gathered to learn about medicinal plants from the traditional healer, share food and listen to the local environmental club’s poems and drama reflecting on the pandemic. Afterwards a march through the high street focusing on plastic pollution has led to the council promising to monitor plastic disposal.

India - Consumer Education & Research Centre

When Green Action Week began the theme of ‘Sharing Community’, Consumer Education & Research Centre (CERC) launched ‘A Platform for Give & Take’, tailoring the concept to આપ-લે નો ઓટલો in Gujarati.

Each year, CERC have developed the platform to build a place where ‘pre-loved’ items can be repurposed and shared to reduce consumption and build community at the same time.

2018

2019

2020

2021

India - Consumer Voice

Consumer Voice ‘s sharing community strategy identified that young people were not just targets of their campaign, they should be the spokespeople and co-creators of the campaign. 

They worked with young influencers who already had networks and followings to create campaigns against  single-use plastics and created their own graphics, videos, and volunteer campaigns to tackle the issue.

Lebanon - Consumers Lebanon

Consumers Lebanon set up a Facebook group to invite people to ‘share your memories, share your toys’. To promote the group they organised activities for children to draw pictures and act in videos about sharing.

Malaysia - Consumers Association Penang

Consumers Association Penang used events such as their Seeds Sharing Fair to draw attention to their comprehensive activities to promote collaborative consumption:

  • Participants shown how to use these more sustainable herbs and seeds in their daily life
  • Monthly natural farming training sessions
  • A chemical-free demonstration farm
  • Giveaways of herbs grown at CAP’s own urban garden.
  • An online seed sharing sessions for those who could not join in-person or are prevented by the pandemic.
Multiplying the reach and impact of these events, CAP also landed stories in the mainstream media through providing compelling quotes and tantalising individual stories, such as this introduction: “A FORM Three student has used butterfly pea flower to give her health drink an intriguing shade of deep blue.”

The culture of sharing had slowly been eroded due to the rise of individualism, materialism and conspicious consumption... However, the pandemic proved that a sharing community is necessary as part of the response to a crisis."

- CAP president Mohideen Abdul Kader quoted in The Star article

The Philippines - IBON Foundation

As part of their long-running focus on “People Economics”, IBON Foundation ran urban gardens in Manilla, based on the rural system of Bungkalan – collective land cultivation 

As well as demonstrating the food security and environmental benefits of this work through practical alternatives, IBON also launched a book (“Lahutay: a path to sustainability”) exploring the Alternative Learning Centre for Agricultural  Development (ALCADEV).

The stories and photographs were added to by a poem, ‘we will green more backyards’ which you can read here.

Swipe to read the poem.

Rwanda - ADECOR

The Rwanda Consumers Rights Protection Organization (ADECOR) organised community groups to:

  • Build sheds for livestock and manure sharing to support their agriculture with less impact on the environment
  • Organise groups in skill-sharing collectives for animal caring, livestock manure, and kitchen gardens
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Senegal - ADEC

Association Pour La Defense De L’environnement Et Des Consommateurs (ADEC) helped Mr Babacar Ngom and his family to build the tables, earth beds, and seeds that could turn into a garden on the terrace of their home to help feed their whole community in Bargny, Senegal.

This trial garden was documented, so that they could make a step-by-step guide to microgardening. 

Three months later, their harvest bore fruit, with the first salads, cucumbers, and other vegetables from their own terrace garden.