Everyone can make the world a better place
Here you will find examples of inspiring private and local initiatives.
Many people in Germany are working to promote sustainable lifestyles. German Sustainability Action Days (DAN) exist to increase the visibility of such projects and inspire even more campaigners for environmental protection, climate protection and fair consumption. These events involve participation by private individuals, clubs, associations, schools, universities and municipalities. They are organised every year by the German Council for Sustainable Development (RNE), which advises the Federal Government on sustainable development issues.
The #tatenfuermorgen website is aimed at all people who would like to contribute to achieving the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and offers an overview of the many different local initiatives. We present three “lighthouse projects” of 2018 here:
Municipal Seasonal Calendar
One good idea every week: Municipal Seasonal Calendar is a collection of ideas for sustainable development activities for all 52 weeks of the year. Developed by the German Association of Towns and Municipalities (DStGB), the calendar offers municipalities suggestions for simple, but forward-looking activities aimed at the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Examples include projects against declining bee populations, Repair Days offering advice on mending broken devices and open-air screenings of films on the subject of sustainable development.
Long Week of Sustainable Development
Collecting waste, trying on fair-trade eco-fashions or cycling together: Magdeburg’s Long Week of Sustainable Development demonstrates the possibilities for sustainable activity and publicises the diversity of regional initiatives. The highlight is the Market for Good Deeds, which encourages people to make their lives more sustainable.
Good for the climate: regional produce
How does food consumption affect the climate? The Consumer Advice Office in the state of North Rhine-Westphalia has been informing the public about climate-friendly food products as part of a state-wide campaign called Heimische Schätze (Regional Treasures). Its advice centres and website offered tips and tasty recipes for seasonal meals using regional produce.