The Global Education Week 2017 will take place from the 18th-26th of November. In Germany, this year's theme is:

My World, Your World – Conscious consumption for sustainable development

Currently the humanity uses 60 percent more in resources than the world provides. If we carry on this way, we would need two earths by 2030 to cover our needs in food, water and energy (WWF 2016). This shows that the earth has reached its limit and an urgent change in thinking should be taken into consideration. However, how can this change be pushed? And how can we contribute as individuals to it?

In September, 2015 the United Nations have adopted the global goals for a sustainable development (Sustainable Development Goals – SDG). By aim number 12 „Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns“, a consumption-manner and an economy which respects the natural limits of our planet should be promoted. The aim is to change the consumption and production behaviour of the humanity up to 2030 so that we only use as many resources as the earth provides and regrows. This is the only way to make it possible for the upcoming generations to also be able to benefit from the earth and its resources. But other than that it also includes a fair distribution of resources for the world and a fair global economic system.

In order to make this possible, actions are needed to be taken on several levels: For example, with the business model of international enterprises, with the procurement of public institutions, but, above all, also with every single one of us too. We consume daily and thereby shape our world – into a cheap and waste-oriented society or, instead, into a sustained world in which the resources are distributed worldwide fairly. Our consumption is often unaware and quite natural: The flights for the vacations, the curry sausage around the corner, the very cheap t-shirt or the fancy new smartphone. All of those are decisions which we mostly make without thinking twice. Nevertheless they still do influence the world, even if on a small scale. It does make a difference to decide consciously on fair clothing, less meat or riding the bicycle. For example, the CO2 consumption can be reduced by the purchase of regional food and fairly traded goods support better working conditions of people in the global south. Sustainability needs demand and thus we as single consumers also have influence on the regional and global economy and on the practice of big companies.

Global Learning has the job to promote a consciousness for one’s own consumption, to indicate global connections and to make the consequences of our actions deliberate. For this reason the Global Education Week invites all enthusiasts to submit ideas and projects on the subject „ sustainable consumption and production patterns“ and to become active for a sustainable and fair future.

The indicated period from the 18th to the 26th of November in 2017 offers the frame to draw the attention intensely and all over the country to the subject. However, this temporal segment is not bound by any means. The involvement of children and adolescents in these events is particularly welcome. The Europe-wide campaign week is organized by the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe in Lisbon.

We invite you to take part to one or several events and activities to make the subjects of the Global Learning by the Global Education Week more visible. We are looking forward to receive numerous event ideas!

Please click here to find a list of all projects, events and activities in 2017 (in German).