This category, features activities with the aim of raising awareness as well as educational efforts and experiments. May they be an upcycling event, clothes swap party or repair café – these activities were mainly (often not exclusively) addressing a specific group. Lots of creative activities focused on the topic of “food and nutrition”. Many groups tried to avoid, reduce, recycle, reuse.
The descriptions of the activities are based on the groups' contributions to the European Best Practice Competition - shortened and translated. ©Pictures by the groups.
OUR PROJECT: In summer 2014, we organized a day for children (and at the same time activities for adults). The slogan “Cowboys and Indians” was combined with the KLJB focus topic of clever and ethical consumption for all ages. We introduced the topic to the children by playful activities. The grown-ups were encouraged to reflect on their own consumption behaviour, for example with the question “Am I more of a Cowboy or more of an Indian shopper?” The whole programme was organised and realised by KLJB Landshausen. The youngest visitors were taken on a journey through the Wild West and played different games which were part of an exciting story. The young people became traders. They were sent to visit different trading partners in the village. They had to trade a zucchini to goods of higher value. In the afternoon, children could get creative and try out different upcycling-craft activities. Others could find different more or less valuable and delicious consumer goods which are grown in the village (e.g. corn, currants) during a treasure hunt. A chocolate tasting helped to taste the difference between cheap chocolate and fair trade products.
OUR AIMS: We want to sensitize our village for those topics and to encourage people – no matter which age – to reflect and to act. The action day did show that this is possible. As young people ourselves, we could get the children and the adults on board and made topics like fair trade tangible for all age groups.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: Of course, not all experiences of that day will last. Nevertheless, it was important to discuss the topic in a broad way. In our weekly work with the children’s groups in our village, the topic is very present. For older ones and adults, we are thinking about offering an “open group meeting” to continue working on different related topics. Our action day was a great opportunity to show that young people can be role models – for children and for adults!
OUR PROJECT: Power Blanket is a project in which we give old woollen clothes and blankets a new life. Unused woollen clothing collections were planned to be held in Podkowa Forest and the village Brwinow in March and April 2015. In May, at two open meetings for the local community, they are planned to be upcycled to become cases for laptops, tablets and phones, slippers, bags, toys as well as bedding for animals from a nearby shelter.
OUR AIMS: Raising local community awareness about recycling: not everything must be disposed of, recycling is not only sorting garbage. Just make yourself something that is more valuable and helps protect the environment. Besides, we want to prove that we are not shallow teens and that you can change the world at any age, if you want. We want to reach out to every age group. POWER-KOC meetings are planned to take place in kindergarten IHAHA in Podkowa Forest and at the cultural center in Brwinow OKEJ in consultation with the authorities, institutions and local activists. The aim is also to support local connections and to highlight the need for global education.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: We want to promote conscious consumerism to make people aware that you do not need to have all the most expensive stuff with tags. Upcycled second hand and used things are often more fun than those with tags. We operate locally reaching the widest possible audience. Nothing is wasted - from materials that are not used for sewing gadget cases people sew bedding for animals. We want to show the people of Europe in a constructive way that you can use old clothes, not necessarily by taking them to containers, which often post them back to the countries of the global south (where the vast majority of our clothes come from in the first place). We transport materials only on bikes, skateboards and inline skaters.
OUR PROJECT: Our project will take place in Timisoara city, Romania, and it will gather 25 young people from our community. The participants attending this project will be aged between 15-18 years old and coming from different schools from Timisoara. The aim of the project is to shape 25 young people's behaviour to live embracing the principles of ethical consumption. “Dare to care, BE an ethical citizen!” project stands for these goals to be reached by educating and empowering young people to be ethical consumers.
OUR AIMS: To increase the knowledge of 25 young people from Timisoara regarding ethical consumption over the course of two months. To develop practical skills and abilities of 25 young people from Timisoara regarding ethical consumption during one of these months. To develop a proactive attitude of 25 young people from Timisoara towards ethical consumption during the other month. Throughout the two months of the project, the participants will be actively involved in the process of research of the social, environmental, political and economic aspects of ethical consumption which will result in a flyer "Did you know that".
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: We are addressing not only25 young people aged 15-18 years old, but also the community as a whole, through all the activities that we are planning to implement. The participants will have the role of promoters of ethical consumption through their behaviour and their actions. They will be encouraged to change the world starting by changing themselves.
More information: Babel Education Association
OUR PROJECT: Together we discover and transform unused resources - both tangible and intangible. This results in a variety of new possibilities: Products that tell stories and are unique to us raise awareness of their true value.
The field-work in and around Innsbruck offers an opportunity for exchange between all interested parties and contributors in a space free of consumption pressure.
field project 1.0: In the first project, the subject of "food" became the focus of the club’s work. We want to identify food which is not used, such as non-farmed fruit trees, private or community gardens, agricultural fields ... thus, collected food is processed and passed on for free. Preservation is the current main mission of the club (harvesting activities, preservation meetings). Products like jams, chutneys, mustards and much more are produced.
OUR AIMS: We want to make our club work openly, so it appeals to everybody, whether as an active participant, as someone taking part in individual actions or as a "consumer" of our preserved foods.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: We want to experience together the full cycle from field to final product. We use ecological agricultural farming practices and learn about the ecological consequences and implications. We reduce waste by re-using containers and emissions by cycling as our primary means of transport. We appreciate networking, community work and support, subsistence farming and collaborative learning. We want to live as role models, appreciating the work of others, supporting regional businesses. We want to act outside the pressure to consume, and promote small structures and the "value" of resources.
OUR PROJECT: “Saving the world with the sewing machine” or “Together and with fun sewing against the throwaway”. With our non-profit association "Sewing kitchen- An open sewing workshop ", we have set ourselves the task to implement our vision of a sustainable society with enthusiasm. In the open sewing workshop in Linz and during public events we provide a creative, collaborative and happy exposure to textiles. Worn clothing, curtains, bed linens, bicycle tubes and truck tarpaulins turn into our special unique pieces that are worn and admired by many. We offer space, tools, know-how and materials, and invite everybody to join in!
OUR AIMS: In the sewing kitchen, we recycle sad old pieces and transform them into individual, personal and beautiful pieces. Our prior goal is, however, to convey the common, creative and joyful process of creating something new out of old things. Rather than consuming resources, we generate new value without using new raw materials. The resulting special pieces give more pleasure and gratification than a shopping afternoon at the mall!
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: Reuse, Reduce, Recycle: We are contributing to waste reduction and conservation of natural resources. Therefore, only second-hand textiles are processed. In the sewing kitchen, sufficiency and sustainability are connected with beautiful experiences by creative action. In addition, we promote the motto "do it together" and regularly invite the neighbours to sew.
More information: www.nähküche.at
OUR PROJECT: We cooperate with an event centre ten minutes away from our children- and youth-centre. During the weekends, much food is prepared there. Food which is not eaten during the events is stored in a cold store. The following day, young people pick it up with a freight bicycle and bring the enormous amounts of meat, rice, fruit and bread to the youth centre. On Mondays, we always have “All-u-can-eat day”. We have lots of “customers” for the food. We save 100 kg of food per week from being wasted. The food is of high quality and the cold chain is only interrupted by the 10-minute-ride on the freight bike. All food is halal (as the event centre is Turkish, there is no pork, and our Muslim community likes it very much). Just take your Tupperware box to the youth centre – It is easier than McDrive. And without plastic bags and aluminium foil!
OUR AIMS: We want to reach all people in the neighbourhood – no matter whether poor, rich, old, young, of whatever confession. It is about doing something good on one’s own behalf and for one’s family and to share time. We also use the food for cooking with the young people in the centre. Thereby, they learn how to deal with food and how to cook. We also distribute food to homeless people. So we give young people the chance to do something positive for society. Furthermore, people come together for having a meal and good conversations are triggered in the community.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: Food is being saved from being wasted. Transport is done CO2-neutral by freight bicycle. Young people (some of which are unemployed) get an opportunity to be respected by society. Many people can save time, money and effort by getting a meal. We recycle waste, craft something new with old materials, work sustainably and carefully with resources, collect waste in the building. We use bikes. We do not use one-way-containers, we care about our consumption of electricity and gas.
Our project: Apple core – Fair I Eco I Styrian
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companies that produce somewhere in the third world and don’t care a shit about human rights and environment protection? Now we have the solution! -- Apflbutzn -- Now for sure you ask – hähh?!? What can they do better than others? That is that? Why should I buy something there? The answer is clear – we can’t do it better but we do it differently. The Apflbutzn shirts are hand-printed by us with eco-certified colours. We take care that we know where the unprinted shirts come from and who sells them. All shirts are made of organic cotton and produced at fair conditions. Our small regional label cares for the future and wants contribute its share. When you wear an Apflbutzn shirt, you have something with value and history. Maybe you have to pay a little more than for an industrial shirt but it also pays out more. So if you maybe ask: why an Apflbutzn shirt? Then we answer: why not!
What do we aim for and whom do we want to reach: Our target group are environmental thinking people who care about our planet’s future. Organic food is on everyone’s lips and even discounters have jumped on these bandwagon. But if it turns to sustainable clothing the consumers interest is lower and on the other hand the supply is available or just expensive. We like to show that sustainable textile-products are affordable for everyone.
This is sustainable/fair/ecological/social....about our project and why: cards on old cartons and will ship the T-Shirts in recycled boxes. The T-Shirts labels are made from discarded nylon from a printery and beachflags. In future we like to donate 10% of our profit to a project in Nepal and plan to open an account with a public welfare bank. In the long run we like to out house the IT-division (website) to a server which is run with green energy.
More information: www.apflbutz.at
OUR PROJECT: We wanted to start a slightly different Christmas campaign and invited our staff and volunteers to celebrate Christmas in the Second-hand shop "Wühli". There we had homemade cookies and punch. We started a crazy photo session with photographer Alex Seegis who had agreed to make pictures. Then you were free to shop and we quickly discovered: second-hand is great! You need not to wear always the latest brand and not everything has to be thrown into the trash when you have lost interest into the garment itself.
OUR AIMS: Our project opens eyes and is thought-provoking. We are a consumer society and always want the newest and best. Why not counteract this way of thinking and go to a great second-hand shop in your environment? We want to reach not only the people who work with us, but also many others who get to know of our action and finally decide to go "second-hand shopping".
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: During the event we tried to consume consciously and to ensure sustainability. We hoped to motivate our staff and volunteers for critical consumption.
OUR PROJECT: We organised a playful workshop for young and old. First we studied a world map regarding wealth and drinking water resources. That was followed by a game where we simulated the water situation of different countries. The countries had to make sure that there is enough water for the population. The conclusion: access to clean drinking water is a human right – water is life! We collected ideas on what we could do to adress the global problem of water scarcity.
OUR AIMS: We want to sensitize children, youth and adults in our organization (95.000 members in Germany) and at public events even beyond for saving water and call attention for hot spots of conflicts in the world. A quote form a reflection with (cub) scouts (7-12): “We tell everyone how unfair that is so that we can do something against it.”
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: Children and youth are confronted with the reality of conflicts on water and water privatization in the world. They reflect on these topics. The reflection and transfer into everyday life give the opportunity to rethink the use of water and acknowledge water as important resource that should not be wasted.
OUR PROJECT: Videos for fair trade! During the "fair week" (September 2013 and 2014), the AKIS (working group international solidarity) of KLJB Bavaria wanted to leverage medial support for fair trade. Therefore we called for video-clips introducing a certain fair trade product (maximum length 3 min). Nine clips were produced during this campaign. They were presented on the KLJB Youtube Channel and spread via facebook. Check them out: here. The clips were commented and shared a lot.
OUR AIMS: First of all we wanted to reach our members and their environment. We did not want to act the moral way and criticise everyone who buys products from conventional trade. Fair trade should be presented in a funny, humorous and creative way. We want to motivate to become engaged. We ourselves are very active and engaged in this topic. In theory everyone knows about the idea but it has to be revived regularly. By producing self-made clips the youth put their favourite products in the focus and the clips were very authentic.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: We advertised without paper (okay, it costs electricity to have the videos on the platforms and play them). We involve multipliers and support their creativity. Fair trade products are the main actor. The project is not a single campaign but part of our educational work on Fair Trade.
OUR PROJECT: We offer a free open cooking event for everyone who is interested. Together we cook a vegan 3-course menue. All ingredients are rescued from the dumpster or saisonal, regional or fairtrade certified.
OUR AIMS: We want to reach mainly students or young people to show them that responsable and ethical cooking is easy to prepare, affordable (especially if you cook with friends!) and sooo delicious. We want to create awareness for the origin of products and the circumstances under which they are produced. We want to demonstrate great alternatives to conventional cooking, even on a small budget! Furthermore by using foods rescued from the dumpster, we want to demonstrate how much food is still wasted in our society allthough there are still over 800 Million hungry people in the world. And last but not least, we want to people get to know each other and promote conversation in the more and more anonymous city life.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: Our event is ecological and fair because we only use food which would have been wasted otherwise - plus regional and saisonal products from the markets or certified fair trade products from our One world shop. We cook a vegan menue to minimize our carbon footprint. It is social because we bring people together and we don't have a fee to participate but rather ask for a donation after the event - so everyone can participate. It is sustainable because we explain a couple of simple-to-follow-rules for sustaiable and responsable cooking so that the participants can adapt these rules in their own kitchen and pass it on to others. Furthermore we introduce our shop and the principals of fairtrade to the participants so that they know the benefits of fair trade certified products and where to find them.
OUR PROJECT: By producing self-made sweets we want to give an example: You do not need to go to a shop, take something out of the shelf and pay with money to get a sweet. You can do it your-self! The participating groups give a small share of money into a common pot. From this money the food is paid. We produce chocolate sweets, chips, healthy fruit shakes, apple rings etc and then share it.
OUR AIMS: We focus on children an youths to raise their awareness on food and nutrition. Self-made sweets is an anti-capitalistic action. We want to show alternatives to the power of consumption and to convey to children an youths conscious behaviour regarding food and nutrition.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: We emphasize on regional products and/or sustainable traded goods. We emphasize on eco-friendly waste separation. We try not to throw away what you can eat but to use it before we buy new food. Therefore we encourage ways of an ecologic life. We also lobby for common transport to protect the environment and avoid throw-away-dishes.
OUR PROJECT: We worked on "ethical consumption at Kolping-youth Rottenburg-Stuttgart” by creating a weekly calendar as well as realising fair cooking classes within the diocese. “Sustainably the whole year round. Our guidebook for your daily life”: A weekly calendar was created by a team of volunteers. It contains tips regarding six categories (clothing, food & drink, energy, mobility, waste, social). It offers facts and background information, enriched with additional links and suggestions. The calendar can be used as an individual guidebook but also as a stimulus for group meetings or institutions. The calendar was printed climate-neutral. Additionally, we developed a concept for fair cooking classes (FCC) to make the guidebook, especially the topic “food”, more tangible and to facilitate practical access for the Kolping youth groups. On request, the fair cooking class is arranged together with a Kolping youth group. With the help of a shopping list the participants buy (fair) groceries according to their current state of knowledge. This is evaluated by the questions “What did we take care for? What was difficult to get? What was easy? How was the effort for these “fair” purchase?” After the evaluation there is a short quiz with additional information on the topics “regional, seasonal, fair”. Further questions and answers are shared while the meal is prepared. Then a check-list about ethical consumption is introduced which can be used for preparing a local Kolping-youth event and that also helps to find regional shopping facilities and events. Furthermore the participants reflect on five issues they want to consider for future events of Kolping-youth.
OUR AIMS: We want to reach individuals, especially those between 10-30 years old. Until December 2014 we distributed already 720 guidebooks and visited five Kolping-youth groups with the FCC-project. We want to raise individual awareness on ethical consumption in everyday life and to give practical examples by cooking with regional, seasonal and fair products.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: Participants buy the ingredients based on their own knowledge. Learning and reflection based on individual experiences lead to profound awareness-raising. Printed materials for all our events are climate-neutral and re-usable - as far as possible. Our check-list enables easy repetition for own events. Furthermore, cooking and eating is a social experience and strengthens group cohesion. We want participants to look over the rim of their teacup.
OUR PROJECT: We produce socio-critical superhero(ine) comics. Per issue there are four episodes about historical (political) and current (single) topics to understand the whole context. There are severals episodes per issue, e.g. 1) development of neoliberalism 2) privatization and exploition of “personified monster” 3) single incident – Iraq, Nigeria victims 4) combating the monster by listing alternatives and options
OUR AIMS: The comic mainly aims at youth and people young at heart. The different episodes shall illustrate historical events and current topics clearly and visually by using a trash-thrilling-exaggerated-comic-style, e.g. Milton Friedman’s ideology of growth, war on oil, privatization, terror etc. With this comic we want to generate an overall critical assessment of a neoliberal economy which has degraded and reproduced humans as producers and consumers.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: The comic’s topics are oriented on the multinational’s supremacy and the exploitative economy which lead to competitive behaviour (on the world market) that makes humans to grow apart from each other. With every following episode (subsequently) we like to give a deeper insight in the historical events of neoliberalism and capitalism with their effects on humans and environment. Thereby we like to show easy adoptable examples that everyone can implement in her or his everyday-life to contribute to a social and sustainable world.
OUR PROJECT: In 2014, we have visited several summer camps of KjG-parishes in the Diocese of Würzburg. We organized a workshop in the morning or in the afternoon. The camp members chose between two workshops on issues of sustainable development. The workshop "KjG soap alarm" deals with sustainable toiletries. The workshop "FairFashion" focusses on working conditions and the environmental effects of clothing production and our consumption in Germany
OUR AIMS: To "catch" the members of the camps for sustainability issues.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: In the workshop “FairFashion” we give information on working conditions in the so-called "developing countries", the environmental impact of cotton production (eg the Aral Sea), brands and their business practices, youth-friendly alternatives to clothing and ways to spice up old clothes or exchange to endure their lasting.
In the workshop “soap alarm” we talk about palm oil cultivation in Southeast Asia, destruction of nature, disregard of human rights lies of the cosmetics industry, the impact of the cult of youth in our society and ecological alternatives.
We buy food bio fair and regionally. We equip our guest house according to regional and ecologically criteria. We are awarded by EMAS environmental management certificate and strive to reduce our energy consumption
OUR PROJECT: We show where our clothes come from (working conditions, raw materials, ...), we introduce alternatives to the traditional clothing consumption such as clothing swap, upcycling. We offer design courses in which participants learn how to design unusual, new, beautiful pieces and courses in schools as part of project weeks, teaching art and working groups. From a young age, the aesthetic and ethical sense is constituted. Therefore, the courses also take place in kindergartens or schools in order to start early to sensitise for conscious clothes consumption
OUR AIMS: We address all people interested in fashion. The focus of our work currently is, however, training at various schools in Berlin to develop directly at a young age ethical and aesthetic sensibilities.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: We try to inform about the origin of our clothes - and show alternatives to the traditional consumption. We hardly even buy new clothes, and if we do then according to ethical and environmental criteria - we sew and make clothes mostly by ourselves or we exchange it. In our private life we expand this to other areas of life, such as food (organic, regional) and mobility (public transport, bike, walk, e-mobility).
OUR PROJECT: During the national assembly of KLJB Germany the working group on international development (BAKIE) did organise a study element on Fair Trade. We invented a game with the title “Fair-travelling” including eight stations. Four of the stations had a focus on content, the other four were just for fun. The participants were divided in groups of max. eight people. Each group should visit at least three content-related stations. They could visit the fun stations in case no other station was available. At the beginning of the game each participant did get a “fair passport”. There was one page for each station and also one question for each station which should be answered during the game. The questions should show different aspects of fair trade and were coordinated by various resource persons. There were contributions on: 1) Fair gold, 2) Fair transport, 3) Fair roots (regional marketing) and 4) Fair phone. The fun stations had the focus of approaching the topic in a playful and creative way: Fair shipping, Fair planting, Fair photos and Fair singing. To coordinate all stations the BAKIE did establish a fair travel agency.
OUR AIMS: We wanted to reach the participants of the KLJB national assembly to sensitize them for fair trade and show them how important our engagement in this sector is.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: The participants of the national assembly are all multipliers within our organization who all pass their experience to others and within their diocese. Furthermore the study part had the aim of enabling the delegates and to motivate them to discuss the resolution on Fair Trade. Our great contentual input and also the different fun stations made the importance of fair trade visible. At our meetings we care for regional respectively seasonal and fair food. We search for conference centres that respect and implement the principles of sustainability.
OUR PROJECT: We implemented various projects on fair trade and fair behavior in social-pedagogical institutions (e.g. elementary schools, kindergartens, professional schools). We covered the following topics: "Water is precious" - "Does chocolate grow on a tree?"- "The wonder of increasing the number of bread?" - "Fair trade breakfast" - "recycled toys"
OUR AIMS: We want to raise awareness on the enduring consumption of resources like water, toys, machines and tools in order to improve living conditions. We will all become kindergarten-teachers and want to implement these projects later on in our work with children in the age of 2 to16 years.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: We tackle cruical issues like "precious water", child-labour, fair play etc. Having finished our workshop in Hönne-Berufskolleg the tools of this workshop have been donated to Father-Vjeko-Kollege in Kivumu/Ruanda.
OUR PROJECT: We want to empower cyclists in Malta by informing them about their legal rights and obligations since in this way they can ensure their own safety while on the road. In order to have a comprehensive publication to be used as a tool-book for cyclists we decided to include provisions about cycling best practices for persons in Malta.
OUR AIMS: We aim at producing a handbook with information about Maltese law relative to cyclists and cycling best-practices all in view of encouraging the persons to use the bicycle in Malta. In this way cyclists will know what: 1) laws and regulations are applicable to them; 2) what laws and regulations are applicable to car drivers - which are the the biggest treat for cyclists on the road; 3) how to enforce their rights in case that car drivers abuse their rights, i.e. how to make police reports, how to preserve evidence following an accident, what are your legal remedies in case of injury or road accidents; 4) cycling safety tips - how to give proper signals, tips on hi-viz wear, known places which are dangerous for cyclists and other information relative to those who cycle in Malta; and 5) notes about political debates concerning cyclists laws and regulations: argument pro and against using helmets, arguments pro and against cycling on certain roads- In this way cyclists come to reflect about certain political arguments which goes on regarding cyclists and will know how to argue for cycling with persons who are against sharing road with cyclists in Malta.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: Cycling is the most efficient way to travel particularly because one does not use unsustainable fuel which is pollutive both in production stage as well while it is being burnt. By using a bicycle to commute one eliminates pollution caused by cars which pollution has an impact both on a local level and on an international level. On a local level the pollution caused by cars impacts the health of the local individuals (particular due to NOx gases released by motorized vehicles and breathed by the local population) and on a global level (particularly due to C02 gases which are responsible for global warming). Cycling also has a very important social dimension. Through cycling one carries out exercises. Cycling helps individuals be less stressed out and hence be more socially compatible. From an economic point of view cycling diversifies the economy and indeed helps several small buisinesses.
OUR PROJECT: We offer upcycling workshops for children, adolescents, adults, older people - for groups, classes and families. We organise project days on "upcycling" in schools and events such as "art connects", "creative economy", "chinese calligraphy, origami and happiness nodes in upcyclingstyle", “KleiderTauschRausch” meaning inebriated by exchanging clothes, etc. We also organise exhibitions, lectures, seminars and workshops on sustainability, consumption, fair trade.
OUR AIMS: “Upcycling Atelier"was launched in December 2012 to inspire people from different countries for sustainable, social and ecological lifestyle. Our offers mostly reach children and also immigrants.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: The idea of upcycling provides the practical possibilities to point out environmental and social issues and thereby create understanding and awareness of global issues.
A contribution to environmental protection and sustainable development will be provided giving a sustainable use of existing products as well as the supervision of children / adolescents / adults to sustainable socio-ecological actions.
OUR PROJECT: In the hallway of our school there is a shelf, where everybody can take a book and bring a book in return.
OUR AIMS: We adress our pupils to reuse books, to collect books instead of throwing them away and to read books as an environmentally friendly and relaxing freetime activity.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: Reuse of old books: Everybody can be part of it. The system is build on trust (bringing/ taking books). Books change the user and everybody is encouraged to be responsible using resources
OUR PROJECT: Our group of youngsters in preparation for their confirmation dealt with critical shopping. Taking products of our daily-life we analysed our consumption of resources, production issues and reuse of products as well as the social consequences of unfair labour and unfair production methods. Topics and products from the “consumption-critical walk" in Linz, the capital of Upper Austria, such as: cell phone, food production and manufacturing as well as football-production and textiles were mentioned.
OUR AIMS: Awareness regarding: resources (e.g. in electronic devices), resource consumption (water consumption per kg meat), working conditions (e.g. football production in Pakistan), production costs, environmental impacts and environmental protection (textile industry)
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: After discussing various products we want to pay more attention to fair labels on products.
OUR PROJECT: From old to new - Recycle daily waste! We organise an action day for children and young people. At small stations we raise awareness on the topic of "critical consumption". We offer fairtrade food and give tips for fair behaviour in everyday life.
OUR AIMS:We want to encourage children and young adults to consume critically. Our action is intended to show how easy it is to recycle solid waste or - even better- completely avoid waste in everyday life. We want to consider working conditions in other countries and ask ourselves: how are different goods produced? How do, for instance, fruit transported from distant countries influence or damage the climate and what alternatives do we have? And we want to show: Acting fair can be quite cool!
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: For the action we all work as a team (food cooking, crafts, stations, ...). We want to point out how much and what kind of waste we produce. On the other hand, we present the working conditions in other countries (eg. cocoa farming). Our project is characterized by tolerance: Children & young people of all faiths are welcome!
OUR PROJECT: We are a charity bookshop where one can give books and buy books at low prices. 90% of our income goes to charity organizations that fight poverty.
OUR AIMS: We want that less books are thrown away, poverty is fought and access to education becomes easier.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: We extend the life-cycle of books because all our books are used. With our income we fight poverty by donating to organizations like Amnesty International or Volkshilfe. With our low prices we enable access to education. All of us mainly use public transport, some are vegetarians/vegans and we all try to avoid garbage. Also our bookshop has nearly completely re-used furniture.
OUR PROJECT: FAIR TRAIN City rallye had its first edition in 2011 during the Global Education Week, as a way to celebrate and finalize the “Action Schools to Communities" project. The first edition was organized independently by the teachers and pupils who had given their time and skills to run the rallye. Since then we have organized 4 more editions. Each year we involve partner schools from surrounding towns of Katowice, Sosnowiec and Jaworzna. The rallye is attended by school representatives from all over Silesia. We would like to extend the reach of the game. Every year we conduct an evaluation, and have more applicants than places.
OUR AIMS: The rallye is designed for teachers and students from middle and high schools. During the rallye we distribute materials with ideas for activities. We aim to reach to the entire school community from which we recruit the team. When performing tasks at the open air checkpoints we involve the whole town community. In addition to that we promote volunteering. In the last two rallies we were joined by Katowice college students. Our goal is primarily to draw attention to global issues, seek solutions and encourage young people to be active for a better, friendly and just world.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: At our rallye checkpoints we work on the themes of responsible consumption, human rights, global citizenship, migration, Fair Trade, climate change, access to water and food. We use organic materials, buy certified materials, including Fairtrade, we get partners who also operate in accordance with the principle of social justice.
OUR PROJECT:On June 15th and 16th, 2015, we organise an information- and action-day on the topic “Textiles and Sustainability”. The title is “FAIRkleiden” (Fair clothing). The event is part of the one-month culture and initiative’s festival “Stadtimpuls” that is organized by initiatives and organizations in Greifswald at the area of the just emerging centre of arts and culture “Stratze”. The programme contains an exhibition on alternative regional options for textile consumption as well as information leaflets. There is a multipliers workshop with school classes, a bazaar to swap clothing, an upcycling-workshop (to modify swapped or own clothes) and a vernissage. In the evening there is discussion with a guest speaker about the global relations of textile production, trade and consumption. The day ends with a movie screening on the topic sustainable textile consumption.
OUR AIMS: Our event contains different program items that shall together cover a broad range of the topic and reach different target groups. We want to sensitize for the problems in the textile production and consumption and show sustainable alternatives. Most important for us is to reach young people because our future depends on them. The morning programme is devoted to them but we also like to capture them with the upcycling workshop and the clothes swap bazaar.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: Our project wants to support sustainable textile consumption. It advertises fair, socially responsible and ecological textiles and shall address all social classes. The “Stadtimpuls” festival likes to reach as many citizens of Greifswald as possible and likes to show the – partly uncertain – situation of initiatives and organizations in Greifswald. It shall be a platform for exchange between the organizations and initiatives. The program shall also address refugees which are housed in the surroundings of Greifswald and it’s planned to organize busses for several days to ensure transport.
OUR PROJECT: Inizjamed has chosen its current flagship project focusing on human slavery (partners with the EC co-funded project CARTT - Campaign for Awareness Raising and Training) to promote ethical consumption horizontally while fighting human slavery. Through the infusion of ethical consumption across a set of activities spanning three months, Inizjamed aims to adopt horizontal methods necessary for promoting Sustainable Consumption at a local (and beyond) level, while focusing on the empowerment of authorities and civil society in the fight against modern slavery, in itself often the source and cause of unfair and unethical production and consumption.
The plan is to infuse and integrate the principles of ethical and sustainable consumption by raising awareness about ethical and sustainable consumption with segments of society which are often not the target for the purpose of raising awareness about sustainable consumption, but usually targeted for other issues. Awareness raising activities on sustainable consumption are usually organised within schools and community groups therefore certain groups within society, example youths from socially deprived backgrounds or authorities, that would not be present from schools or community groups would not benefit from these educational activities. The idea of this project is therefore to bring responsible consumption and global-education awareness with segments within society which are usually not exposed to responsible consumption or sustainable development.
OUR AIMS: Inizjamed, through SCCCT, wants to demonstrate and showcase that it is possible to create coherence between the social justice and environmental stated values of such conferences and their actual modus operandi. The aim of the project is to demonstrate how responsible consumption can be brought to various groups – both civil society - including socially excluded groups - and authorities Any set of activities which raises awareness about sustainable consumption can be adapted by following this example of good practice, documented as easy guidelines, so that these activities could be then organised with groups of young people, including from socially marginalised backgrounds, and other stakeholders such as authorities. Through a horizontal sustainable, ecological, environmental friendly and fair trade approach Inizjamed will promote a “do as I do” approach as opposed to a “do as I say approach”, sadly so often encountered in the environmental, social and development fields. Through SCCCT Inizjamed will thus also reflect the broader principles often framed under the umbrella term of coherence for development.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: In contributing to the development of an international network of main actors who are active in the fight against modern slavery there will be several opportunities to raise awareness on Sustainable and Ethical Consumption involving public events, debates and conferences, while connecting institutional and non-profit actions and thus maintain Education for Sustainable Consumption as a cross cutting theme. The events would highlight good practices of ecological and social responsibility. Through the infusion of ethical consumption across the chosen set of activities, Inizjamed aims to adopt horizontal methods necessary for promoting Sustainable and Fair Consumption at a European level.
OUR PROJECT: The aim of the project is to carry out activities with children and teens coming from economically and socially disadvantaged areas of Malta and introduce to them the topic of Global Citizenship.
OUR AIMS: In Malta there are many children and teens that come from economically and socially deprived areas. Due to this social marginalization these children are not exposed to social and educational activities relating to Global Citizenship. In particular they are not made aware about concepts such as global warming, desertification, water scarcity, ozone layer depletion, the problem of e-waste, the importance of labour rights and the north-south divide. Through this project the Forum for Global Initiatives will partner with local NGOs that work directly with children from deprived areas of Malta and introduce them to a number of topics which any global citizen should be aware of. By doing so FGI-Malta will be reaching out to children and teens that are not exposed to educational activities aimed at raising awareness on global education.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: There are various topics relating to 'global-education' that can be carried out with the children and teens FGI will eventually be in contact with. Activities falling under these three category will be organized so that these young persons will become global citizens:
1) Environmental awareness: importance of preservation of resources such as water, electricity and plastic, problems of damage to marine life in Malta, the problem of e-waste and damage to environmental areas through garbage dumping. Participants will also be introduced to the concept of global warming and how it will effect people in certain countries.
2) Global Awareness: Activities relating to awareness of other cultures and the diverse societies which exist apart from their own will be organized. The children and youths from deprived areas may be aware of people from other races however they are not aware of different cultures traditions particularly those from the Asian, African and Latin American continent. The first step towards global citizenship is awareness about the existence of such cultures.
3) Role within society (political awareness): FGI and its partners will also lead the children and teens to understand their role within society are active citizens and show them the importance of non-partisan politics, the importance of voting, the impact of demonstrations and why it is important to petition leaders.
OUR PROJECT: M-GAS is a sound & light equipment renting company which tenders for the provision of sound and light equipment and set-up in a variety of events in Malta. Through this project M-GAS would be offering the option of organizing a "carbon neutral event" to clients who wish to organize events yet be environmentally conscious whilst doing so. M-GAS would give its clients the option of calculating the carbon-foot print created by organizing a particular activity and then purchase carbon footprint-offsets in order to abate the carbon foot print created by a particular event through the energy used by the sound and light system used during the event as well as the transport used. This could be done through organisations such as carbon fund or similar. Moreover clients would also be given the option to have indigenous trees planted in Malta.
OUR AIMS: M-GAS aims for less carbon footprints and a healthier air in the country. Polluted air has a lot of negative affects on the environment and public health and hence we think that this issue should be addressed. We aim for our business to be more environmentally friendly and hopefully get the attention of environmentally conscious people. This is currently being done by using LED lighting whenever possible instead of halogen and/or incandescent lights which consume a considerable amount of energy and also making use of equipment which is more energy efficient . We want to reach and promote this initiative to clients that currently do not have the option of having an environmentally friendly event . Through this campaign they would become more conscious of the amount of carbon which is being committed directly/indirectly by the industry in Malta and hence encourage them to make more effort to conserve energy and be conscious about the negative effects currently being produced.
OUR SUSTAINABILITY COMMITMENT: This project aims to be sustainable as through this project a small company tackles the problem of air pollution . The method of eliminating the carbon produced is also sustainable since this would be mostly done through reducing the amount of energy consumed, planting trees which are indigenous and by making online transactions to foreign carbon footprint offset companies.