Environmental issues often stem from our small everyday actions — the way we consume, move around, power our daily life, eat, and so on. Every environmental issue has systemic causes, fanning out like a web linking the personal to the global and the micro with the macro.
But this connection between the personal and global can be hugely empowering — anyone, anywhere can push for collective and systemic change. Join the transition by discovering four stories of everyday changemaking from around the world.
Agbogbloshie in Accra is the biggest e-waste landfill in the world — a toxic dumping ground, away from sight, for short-lived Western electronics.
But the community of informal workers living in and around Agbogbloshie can show us the direction to grassroots models of circularity — of unmaking and remaking, repairing and reusing, reimagining and reinventing.
Lahore used to be known as “The City of Gardens” — but it's now fast becoming a city of concrete. In fact, Lahore has just been named the most polluted city on the planet.
Bilal A. Chaudri is one of the city’s residents who’s hard at work solving the city’s extreme pollution through urban forestry. We need a worldwide movement advocating for forests being integrated into the fabric of cities to create green corridors, purify the air, and heal our soil.
Kenya faces challenges around the availability, affordability and reliability of electricity. Large parts of the population have no or limited access to the grid, depriving the country from huge amounts of productive potential.
We can leapfrog the grid to reach energy empowerment at a community level, by using micro-grid solar power with minimum cost and lightweight hardware. The future of energy is community-led.
Malpe is a beautiful fishing town with deep ties to the sea. Indigenous fishing techniques, however, have been all but completely replaced by mechanised fishing and the area has become severely overfished.
But the answer to this new problem is simple. Regenerative fishing practices are fundamentally based in the rediscovery of traditional ecological knowledge of indigenous communities, who hold generational knowledge of seasonal, local food systems and how to preserve the ecosystems that support local economies.
Nothing inspires action better than the stories of people who’ve taken that next step. Hearing what they’ve done and how they’ve done it. Being inspired by their vision. Taking heart from their determination and being encouraged by their resilience, even when the odds are stacked against them. Put simply, stories inspire action.
And there’s nowhere we need people to act more, than to work together to tackle climate change. To help, we’ve partnered with Climate Crisis Hub to create a series of films. Films that tell the stories of those affected by environmental problems and what they’re doing to address them. Films to make you think. Films to inspire you to do. We hope they spark a few more people to take positive action, however big or small, to help us address climate change.