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What communities can do[edit]

  • Traffic surveys
  • Clean up days
  • Environmental quality monitoring
  • Beach cleans
  • River cleans
  • Campaigns against waste


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Yes to Life, No to Mining

Why it matters[edit]

Community groups may be concerned about litter, pollution, traffic pollution, air quality, noise or light pollution, river quality, state of beaches, etc.

Aarhus Convention[edit]

The Aarhus Convention, was signed on 25 June 1998 in the Danish city of Aarhus. It entered into force on 30 October 2001. As of March 2014, it has 47 parties—46 states and the European Union. All of the ratifying states are in Europe and Central Asia.

The Aarhus Convention grants the public rights regarding access to information, public participation and access to justice, in governmental decision-making processes on matters concerning the local, national and transboundary environment. It focuses on interactions between the public and public authorities. W


Apps for sustainability[edit]

EarthObserver App, mobile application which provides users with simplified access to vast libraries of images and information that up until now were tapped mainly by earth and environmental scientists. The EarthObserver App, the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, displays natural features and forces on land, undersea and in the air. Source: The Earth Institute, Colombia University, 2011-01-10

WideNoise app, a project based in the E.U., lets users monitor and share noise pollution levels at various locations with other users.



"We All Live Downstream" Frank Carbone Jr.


News and comment[edit]


David Attenborough urges action on plastics after filming Blue Planet II, Oct 15 [1]

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Scotland: Scottish government bans fracking after public opposition, Oct 3 [2] France, Ireland, Germany, and Bulgaria have also banned fracking. [3]

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Environment quality UK: UK citizens are taking air pollution monitoring into their own hands, Sep 1 [4]

7 cities making polluted waterways into swimming hotspots, Aug 3 [5]

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“Maryland passes ban on fracking” by @samanthadpage, Mar 28 [6]

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El Salvador Votes for Water over Gold, March 30, Pedro Cabezas. In response to enormous public pressure, lawmakers have rejected appeals by global corporations and voted to protect the country’s people and water supply by banning metallic mining. [7]


New Zealand will ban plastic microbeads by 2018, Mar 14 [8]

Book review: Advertising Shits In Your Head, Feb 27 [9]

Mapped: The world's most polluted countries, Jan 2 [10]


Four of world's biggest cities to ban diesel cars from their centres, Dec 2 [11]

Estonian clean-up initiative aims to engage 150 countries in 2018, Feb 5 [12]


Pesticide-free towns and cities - citizen power in action, October 6 [13]

Mapping the World's Air Pollution in Real Time, September 21 [14]

Google Will Start Mapping Pollution The Same Way They Map Streets, July 30 [15]



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December 11 - International Mountain Day
Annual event to encourage sustainable development in mountains. W,

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June 17 - World Day to Combat Desertification W
Annual event.

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June 8 - World Oceans Day W
Annual event. Events performed for WOD and awareness includes beach cleanups, educational programs, art contests, film festivals, and sustainable seafood events. 2015 – 2016 Theme: Healthy oceans, healthy planet.

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June 5 - World Environment Day W
Annual event.

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April 22 - Earth Day W
Annual event, on which day events worldwide are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Numerous communities celebrate Earth Week, an entire week of activities focused on environmental issues.

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March 22 - World Water Day
Annual event.


February 14 - Send a Love letter to the Earth
Worldwide initiative for laws to protect the Earth,


February 2 - World Wetlands Day W
Annual event. WWD activities, involving community groups have included, nature walks, children’s art contests, sampan races, and community clean-up days.

See also[edit]

  • local information can be found, or shared, via our many location pages

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Ecocide, Environmental justice, Aarhus Convention, Air Quality Egg

External links[edit]


This page includes Creative Commons Licensed content from the Sustainable community action wiki on Wikia.
The list of authors can be seen in the history, link via drop down menu at top left of page.

  1. The Guardian
  2. The Guardian
  4. The Guardian
  10. @TelegraphTravel
  11. The Guardian
  13. The Ecologist
  14. CityLab
  15. Popular Science