Environmental Action Week

#WHAT [EoT and SEIG] Environmental Action Week Challenge

#WHEN 26.02.2018 – 04.03.2018

#WHO You!

Europe on Track and Society and the Environment Interest Group – AEGEE come together to organize Environmental Action Week in AEGEE!

In order to raise the awareness and participation about environmental issues, not only we encourage the network to organize various activities, but also educate people on how our individual actions can influence our planet.


Do you once in a while notice these small habits that each end every one of us have? Often they seem only like minor things in life but changing these nuances of our day-to-day life can really make a difference, especially when it comes to the environment or the climate.

To make it easier, we propose a DAILY CHALLENGE for every day of the Environmental Action Week. Each night we will post the challenge for the next day and all you have to do is to challenge yourself.

Feel free to share your experiences on Facebook or Instagram using #EnvironmentalActionWeek or in our Facebook event!

In you need a reminder each night before the new challenge, just insert your email address in this form and we will send you a private reminder about the upcoming challenge:  http://bit.ly/EAW_DailyChallenge

P.S. Remember that eventually it is about participation, raising awareness and fun. If you don’t manage to stick to the challenge for 100%, don’t give up and share your experience with us 🙂

As you can guess, disposable plastic water bottles aren’t exactly the most sustainable thing. Humans produce almost 20,000 plastic bottles every second and not even half of the bottles we use are recycled, the rest ends in the landfill. Can you imagine how much less litter would be created, if more people use sustainable water bottle?

Let’s try together to see how easy it is to refill your bottle! If you already have a sustainable bottle, share its photo with us using #EnvironmentalActionWeek or show it to us in Facebook event and tell if you are happy with it! If you don’t have a bottle it is not a problem! Just refill the plastic bottle you already have 🙂

Do you want to make a bigger impact? Try refilling your bottle the whole week!

Did you know that a widespread switch to vegetarianism could curb global greenhouse gas emissions by nearly two-thirds. A switch to veganism would cut them by 70% by 2050. Even not eating meat for one day will make a difference! Do you want to make your impact even better? Don’t eat meat till the end of this week and let us know how difficult/easy it was for you 🙂

Do you want to make a bigger influence? Don’t eat meat till the end of the week! Try out some of the awesome vegeterian dishes, there are so many delicious, simple and healthy recipes, for example here.

Tell us about your experiences, advices and recipes on Facebook or Instagram using #EnvironmentalActionWeek or in our Facebook event!

Are you curious about your next challenge?

Well, here it comes! Let Wednesday be a no printing day!

No paper, no need for forest destruction 

Saw something online you need to remember? Write it down in a notebook or better yet a digital post-it note, Pocket or similar apps and spare the paper! As usual, if you want to have a bigger impact – try to not print until the end of this week!

Tell us if you find it difficult not to print? Share your thoughts on Facebook or Instagram using #EnvironmentalActionWeek or comment on this post.

Woop woop, time for the next challenge!

Quick shower! Who doesn’t love a nice long, hot shower on a cold morning? However, short showers can not only help you to save money but also help the planet! Let’s make it fun, choose the song under 5 minutes and finish showering before it finishes!

Did you enjoy it and save some time? Share your song with us on Facebook or Instagram using #EnvironmentalActionWeek or comment on this post.

And now your next challenge!

Don’t use a plastic bag for the whole day! Or even end of this week! Bring your own bag when you shop. Pass on the plastic bag and start carrying your own reusable totes. Don’t get plastic bags in the supermarket when buying fruits etc. 
Tell us how it was on Facebook or Instagram using #EnvironmentalActionWeek or comment on this post.

Do you already have a tote bag?

Do you already have plans for the weekend? What about going to a local market?

Coffee from Ethiopia, Avocado from Peru, Bananas from India, … how about seasonal and locally grown product? Cauliflower, leek, broccoli, … find the seasonal calendar for your region and do groceries at the local market!

Do you want to support the local economy? Encourage a community-based agriculture and production? Ensure the quality of the product and the protection of soil? Eat vegetables that didn’t fly/were shipped across the globe with conservative chemicals? Or maybe you want to take this opportunity to make some friends at the local market?

Go to a local market and shop there! Supporting neighbourhood businesses keep people employed and helps prevent trucks from driving far distances.

Tell us how it was on Facebook or Instagram using #EnvironmentalActionWeek or comment on this post.

P.S. We know that in some cities local markets work only on Sunday, if that is the case, move this challenge to Sunday or buy only locally grown or produced goods.

Local charities will give your gently used clothes, books and furniture a new life.

Make more space in your closets and help people around you. You don’t have to donate on Sunday, but you can have a day going through your clothes and other stuff thinking what you don’t need and can donate.

Show us what you want to donate on Facebook or Instagram using #EnvironmentalActionWeek or comment on this post.