Unesco Green Citizens
Project begin: 01/11/2014

A young Indian has created a platform to train citizen leaders through climate action.

Leading organisation: Earth5R
The country where the team is based: India
Covered Countries: India, France, Germany, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Switzerland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Spain, Malta, South Africa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, Tunisia, United Kingdom, United States of America, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Chile, Brazil, Australia
Theme: Biodiversity, Education for Sustainable Development
Sub-themes: Cities, Climate change, Energy, Environment, Food and food security, Forests and desertification, Gender equality and women's empowerment, Knowledge sharing, Poverty and inequality reduction, Resources management, Sustainable lifestyles, Waste management
Tag: #Women #Youth
Selection: 2022
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While biking through different countries, Saurabh Gupta felt the need of citizens involvement in sustainable development against the increasing environmental risks. This journey convinced him that we must focus on small solutions at hand to change the world.

The young Indian founded Earth5R a platform that helps citizens create a meaningful impact and develop leadership skills through climate action.

The decentralised approach of Earth5R towards project management by making use of local resources to solve local economic issues has been led by circular economy approach. Activities are based on individual action like plantation, compost and waste segregation. The goal is to train volunteers to become citizen leaders and to teach their knowledge to their communities.

A bottom-up approach

By initialing citizen leader in our projects the team realised that when local communities are trained by a member from their own community they resiprocate well through their actions. In Earth5R’s sustainabilty programs slum residents are trained to collect unsuable resources which would end up in landfills, rivers and ocean and design sellable products that are sold in their urban vicinity with the help of Earth5R volunteers and team members.

This proves that a bottom-up approach for the green economy is more sustainable and scalable. 5,300 Residential buildings in India have been turned into Zero Waste. 750 tons of plastic waste are collected and recycled each month and 600 tons of organic waste are processed by the community-based decentralised management program. 1.5 Million families on the bottom of the pyramid have been transformed through circular ecomomy based model of Earth5R.

Earth5R is running programs across 53 countries with the help of 65,000+ citizen volunteers and a network of schools, universities, NGOs, municipalities, and local governments.

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