9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption
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Activities aimed at promoting green volunteering (understood as all voluntary activities dedicated to protecting, restoring or developing the natural environment, including wildlife) and the idea of green production and consumption (i.e. environmentally friendly production and practices, and consumer activities aimed at recycling, energy saving, producing or purchasing hybrid cars and using environmentally friendly (private or public) transport) include:
- Ecological education (Edukacja ekologiczna), a programme run by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management for the years 2015-2023. The programme operates as a grant competition to support educational initiatives that raise and affect ecological awareness and attitudes, in addition to disseminating knowledge in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development. The programme focuses on voluntary activities and shaping attitudes and behaviours, which are reflected in the description of specific objectives, both in the area of developing pro-environmental behaviours in the general public (including children and youth) and activating society, namely building a civic society in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development.
- A walker’s guide (Spacerownik), a project run by the Buy Responsibly Foundation (in cooperation with Grupa eFTe, Warsaw, and Fundacja Ekorozwoju, Wrocław), which promotes places that are friendly to responsible consumers by creating a virtual guide to those, which offer their customers high-quality products or services, whilst respecting the environment, promoting ecology-friendly behaviour, taking care of their employees and supporting human rights (i.e. shops and cafés selling organic and Fairtrade products, shops selling recycled/handmade goods, services for exchanging/repairing utility goods, and other places that promote conscious and responsible consumption and operate to sustainable standards, including information cafés, venues offering free-admission workshops, cultural events, film shows, debate opportunities, etc.).
- Buy Responsibly Foundation (Fundacja Kupuj Odpowiedzialnie) also creates an online guide Good Shopping (Dobre Zakupy) which includes a ranking of brands that are “environmentally friendly and socially responsible”. The brands are ranked in those two fields and the result taken together establishes their position in the ranking.