How Each Individual Can Contribute to the Green Economy

In the fight for a greener and more sustainable world, every individual plays a crucial role. Our personal choices and behaviour as consumers can have a significant impact on the transition to the green economy. In this article, we will focus on ways we can contribute to this change, from our own home to the workplace, and how we can measure the impact of our consumption.

Level 1: Home - Energy Efficient

– Switch off appliances when not in use and switch them to standby.

– Choose to receive your invoices online to reduce paper consumption.

– Get involved in local environmental action or support the Paris Agreement by signing petitions and supporting environmental initiatives.

– Keep the lights on only when necessary.

– Choose to shop responsibly, buying only what you need and choosing companies with responsible practices.

Level 2: In Your Neighbourhood

– Support local businesses by buying products from them.

– Opt for sustainable seafood to protect marine ecosystems.

– Use alternative transport such as cycling or public transport.

– Practice reusing bags and bottles to reduce plastic waste.

– Share your knowledge and information about climate change with others in your community.

Level 3: Your involvement

– Strive for a healthier and more balanced working time at work.

– Act as mentors to guide and support the people around you to success.

– Promote equal pay and support equal rights at work.

– Fight discrimination and injustice.

Level 4: Workplace Impact

– Bring innovative solutions and green technologies to your office.

– Fight inequality and discrimination in the workplace.

– Organise a green week at work to promote sustainable practices.

Measuring Your Impact

It is important to understand and measure the impact of our actions on the environment. There are many resources and apps available to help you assess and calculate your personal impact:

: An application that allows you to calculate your impact. on the environment and track progress towards a more sustainable life.

WWF Carbon Footprint Calculator
: An app that allows you to calculate your own carbon footprint and identify ways to reduce it.

Global Footprint Network
: A resource to help you understand humanity’s ecological footprint and see how your consumption compares to the planet’s available resources.

WWF Top Tips to Reduce Your Plastic Footprint
Practical tips to reduce plastic consumption in everyday life.

In addition, there are emoji for each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that can be used to express your support and commitment to these goals.


So yes, each of us can contribute to a better and greener world, even with minimal effort. Remember that change starts with each of us, and every gesture counts!

If you would like to learn more about this topic, we invite you to take the online course “Our Future: Sustainable Development – Responsible and conscious choices in everyday life”.

The #21VNDS course is free and can be accessed by anyone interested in topics such as the basics of sustainability, individual-level change, sustainability in business and sustainable cities.

The project “Our Future: Sustainable Development” is funded through the Start NGO program, launched by Kaufland Romania and implemented by the Act for Tomorrow Association.

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