Sustainability is not just a buzz word. No matter how often it is used, or even abused, this word is a big part of our future. Pollution, poverty, famine, overpopulation and the depletion of resources are already causing turmoil in many parts of the world. Even if we do not yet directly feel the consequences of devastating hurricanes or the lack of potable water, we all experience unprecedented weather fluctuations and hear about new diseases spreading around the world.
Sustainable thinking is an effort to understand the existing world order and to find a way to save what we still have left. It is choosing to act differently and to constantly accumulate knowledge.
“homo ecos:” sustainability initiatives for children, youth, event organizers and office workers, as well as for any other interested party, will help to understand the essence of sustainable lifestyle and introduce it, step by step, in the daily life:
Whenever a lot of people gather in a single place, for a festival or a conference, they are a burden on their environment. That is why “homo ecos:” develops Sustainable Event Guidelines for event organizers and hospitality professionals. The guidelines help organizers make sustainable choices about location, transport, venue, food, energy, waste, and more. “homo ecos:” will gladly offer consultancy to any event planner wishing to make their event more environmentally friendly. (More info in Latvian)
Green Lifestyle is not only about private life. Many adults spend almost a third of their day in the office. In the Green Office Programme, “homo ecos:”, together with a group of experts, developed a checklist that encourages business owners and staff to evaluate and improve the sustainability of their office. By answering a series of simple yes/no-questions, participants get a clear view of the current state of affairs, and receive practical tips how to improve. (More info in Latvian)
Together with International Young Naturefriends and World Student Christian Federation Europe, “homo ecos:” developed the Green Toolbox; a practical and easy-to-use booklet that addresses various sustainability topics in the workplace and the home. A digital version of the Green Toolbox can be downloaded here.
In 2013, “homo ecos:” organized a 10-day educational camp for children (ages 9-12) called Desmit Zaļi Mezgli or Ten Green Knots. The children playfully learned about topics such as birds, plants, waste, food, forests and transport. (More info in Latvian)