Green Action Week 2023: A Week of Sustainable Achievements

17 October 2023

Green Action Week 2023 came to a close last week, leaving behind a trail of inspiring initiatives and significant steps towards sustainable living and consumption. Under the theme of "Sharing Community," this annual global campaign brought together organisations, activists and communities all committed to making a positive impact on our planet. From Europe to Asia and across Africa and the Americas, here’s a brief overview of some of their activities.

Africa and the Middle East: Projects carried out by Members in countries Burundi, Kenya and Senegal worked on non-biodegradable plastic pollution, food security and sustainable farming, fostering a sense of shared responsibility for the environment. And in the Middle East in Lebanon to Yemen, campaigns raised awareness about reducing single-use plastic, food waste and transitioning to cleaner energy.

Image: Consumers Lebanon

Image: Consumer VOICE India

Asia Pacific: Members in India have been at the forefront of addressing plastic pollution and single-use plastics, as well as championing sustainable farming. Through their initiatives they educate and motivate consumers to embrace eco-friendly practices, transforming the way people think about their impact on the environment.

Southeast Asia and the Pacific: Our Members in Fiji, Indonesia and Malaysia have been making significant strides in energy conservation, combatting the menace of plastic waste and encouraging local food production. These projects highlight the power of grassroots-level efforts in driving positive change. They reshape the way communities interact with their environment and create a more sustainable future.

Image: Consumers Association Penang - CAP

Image: TheNetwork for Consumer Protection

Europe: Serbia set a shining example with ‘Movement For Consumer Protection (MCP)’. This project aimed to increase well-being by decoupling economic growth from the unsustainable use of natural resources and environmental degradation. MCP created communities of sharing, promoting well-being and minimising environmental harm. It's not just an initiative; it's a lifestyle change that's gaining momentum.

Latin America: Grantees in Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru worked towards building circular economies, promoting healthy eating and encouraging sustainable living within their communities.

Image: Associação para Defesa do Consumidor - ADECO

In every corner of the world, from Africa to Asia, Europe to Latin America and beyond, Green Action projects inspire change. They are more than initiatives; they are beacons of hope and progress, uniting communities to take action and protect the planet for future generations.

Download our summary to learn more about each project implemented this year as part of Green Action Week.

About the #GreenActionWeek Campaign 

Green Action Week is an annual global campaign running in the first week of October, to promote sustainable consumption. It is funded by the Green Action Fund, a grant scheme advancing sustainable development and reducing poverty. The fund is made available by the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation (SSNC) and is administered by Consumers International. 

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Throughout the week, five Green Action Week Ambassadors played a crucial role in supporting and amplifying these efforts in their respective regions. Head to their blog for more insights.