The campaign Change for the Planet – Care for the People, run by CIDSE and its members, calls for a radical change in people’s lifestyles towards living simply by reducing overall energy consumption and making environmentally friendly food choices.
This can be done by limiting consumption to sustainably-produced local foods that minimize environmental impact, allow producers to gain fair livelihoods, do not violate human rights, and are also affordable.
Through social media activities we challenge people to make a difference through their daily choices, and to contribute this way to building a better world.
Here is an overview of the challenges launched so far by the campaign. More information related to the challenges can be found on the campaign’s social media channels:Facebook – Twitter: @ChangeandCare #change4planet
“CUT DOWN THE AMOUNT OF ENERGY YOU USE ”
Avoid leaving appliances on stand-by, install energy-saving bulbs, choose appliances with the highest rating (AAA) on the energy label … and don’t forget to insulate your home, install double glazing, etc.
“BUY LOCAL FOOD”
Locally produced food grown during natural seasons is fresher and requires less energy to produce.
“MAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT YOUR PRIORITY”
Driving cars has become a nightmare: rising fuel and commodity prices, pollution, greenhouse gas emissions and traffic jams. Instead, with public transport you can quickly reach your destination, saving you time and money, and reducing air and noise pollution.
“EAT LESS MEAT AND FEWER ANIMAL FOOD PRODUCTS”
High meat consumption can become dangerous for your health. On top of this while meat production is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than transport, using thousands of liters of water and kilos of cereals. We urgently need to reduce our meat consumption to protect the planet and fight against world hunger.
“SHARE: USE LESS INDIVIDUALLY AND MORE COLLECTIVELY”
Reduce purchases and energy consumption by joining community initiatives to share access to products and services, rather than having individual ownership. For example, lend or borrow tools or other items you don’t often use, share car rides with others, work in a shared space, or give away old items. Sharing rather than purchasing new items reduces natural resource and energy use because less production is needed. It also reduces the number of products we throw away. Sharing your goods and services with others also means saving money in both purchasing and maintenance costs. You might even make some new friends along the way.
“GET ON YOUR BIKE”
Riding your bicycle instead of driving has several benefits both for you and for the planet. It is a very effective workout providing many health benefits while also allowing you to save money. Cycling is also a great way to reduce pollution and congestion, making our streets more liveable.
“CREATE A PLASTIC FREE ZONE”
Reducing our consumption of plastic products can contribute greatly to the environment by decreasing the energy needed for production and for waste management and recycling processes. Plastic in the form of plastic bags is also very damaging to the life of animal species as these discarded bags often find their way into the environment. By making simple changes, like carrying boxes for food, and using reusable bottles and bags we can directly contribute to the care of creation.
“PREPARE YOUR OWN MEALS”
Why not regain cooking skills while saving money? Cooking at home reduces food waste and enables you to eat more cheaply. It will also give you a measure of “quality control” that you can’t have with processed foods: by preparing your own food you gain reliable knowledge of what is really in the food you eat and where your food is coming from.
Moving towards a more sustainable way of living also means calling on decision makers at all levels for policy changes that could back sustainable lifestyle choices. The time is right to join a worldwide call to action to show that civil society is united in its diversity and is ready to launch a strong and lasting movement for global justice. System change! Not climate change!
“DON’T WASTE YOUR FOOD”
Half of the food we produce is thrown away each year. Wasting food is not a minor thing: on top of the ethical, social, and economic implications, it also has a significant ecological footprint. By planning your shopping, eating leftovers, and preserving your food smartly, you can do a lot to avoid food waste.
“PHASE OUT FOSSIL FUEL USE”
Natural gas, oil and coal: these fossil fuels are used daily worldwide to provide energy. However, they are non-renewable energy sources and represent a serious threat to the environment. In order to limit global warming and its dangerous social impacts, we should limit their usage and favour renewable energy sources such as wind or solar power.
Contact: Chiara Martinelli, Executive advisor and Project officer on Sustainable Development