From May 30 to June 5, 2017, the third edition of the European Week for Sustainable Development took place. Hundreds of initiatives were set up in schools and for the general public in 38 European countries to defend the 17 goals of the UN Agenda 2030. These include: the end of poverty, gender equality and the development of sustainable cities and communities.
Here are the 3 initiatives that we liked the most.
The No Impact Week
For the third edition of this “no impact week”, the objective was to raise awareness. Mainly companies, about CO2 emissions and to propose them simple actions to reduce them.
Du 30 mai au 5 juin 2017 se déroulait la troisième édition de la Semaine Européen du Développement Durable. Des centaines d’initiatives ont été mises en place dans les établissements scolaires et à destination du grand public dans 38 pays européens pour défendre les 17 objectifs de l’Agenda 2030 de l’ONU. Parmi lesquels figurent : la fin de la pauvreté, l’égalité homme-femme ou encore le développement des villes et communautés durables.
Voici les 3 initiatives qui nous ont le plus séduits.
The No Impact Week
For the third edition of this “no impact week”, the objective was to raise awareness. The aim of the third edition of the “No Impact Week” was to raise awareness, mainly among companies, of CO2 emissions and to suggest simple actions to reduce them.
This ambitious program takes place over 6 days. It allows for both internal and external behavioral changes. If the concept was first developed by Colin Beaven (nicknamed “No Impact Man”) to reduce his family’s ecological impact, it was then hijacked to be applied to companies.
Now, the opposite could happen: employees who are aware of sustainable development in their company will be tempted to adapt these gestures to their personal lives.
The formula is relatively simple: one day, one goal:
- Monday = eat better (organic, sustainable, local agriculture…)
- Tuesday = better use of resources (eco-construction, renewable energies…)
- Wednesday = work and travel better (eco-technology, sustainable mobility, conscious consumption…)
- Thursday = better recycling (sharing economy, circular, anti-waste…)
- Friday = living better together (quality of life, well-being, co-construction…)
- Saturday = better commitment (waste collection, education for sustainable development…)
The Spring Compost Tour
The compost tour is one of the initiatives of the PACA region which takes place twice a year. (once in the fall and once in the spring during the sustainable development week). Its goal is to raise awareness about waste and composting.
30% of the waste produced by the French are of organic origin. Compost appears to be the ideal solution to limit and recycle this type of waste. The compost tour is therefore an opportunity to highlight this possibility and to share tips with those who are not yet adept at it.
During this week, several workshops are organized to learn how to build your own compost bin or vermicomposter or simply to discover the secrets of compost.
The Family Eco-Rally
To raise awareness of sustainable development among young and old alike, the city of Colombes (near Paris) organized an eco-rally for the families of the city and the surrounding area. In addition to the nice walk in the city and on the banks of the Seine, several playful activities were organized around sustainable development (quizz, sports activities…).
In addition to raising awareness of sustainable development among young people; the city of Colombes has also shown its willingness to take concrete action for the planet. It organized a giant waste collection on the banks of the Seine.
And since the environment doesn’t wait…
Even if the week of sustainable development is over, you can continue to make simple gestures to reduce your impact on the environment. For example, you could clean your mailbox with Cleanfox. This will reduce the digital pollution you are responsible for.
You can also opt for an ecological mailbox like Newmanity. Moreover, it will protect your personal data!
And finally, because it’s not only digital pollution, stick the little Stop Pub sticker on your mailbox to avoid paper waste and reduce your waste.