Sustainable development/degrowth has been one of Emmaus Europe’s work areas since October 2009.
Since then, a decision was taken to survey, promote and compile the environmental practices of the European Emmaus groups (click on the following link http://emmaus-europe.org/790-environment/850-home-sharing)
In 2012, we made an inventory of the practical information that will enable each member organisation to improve their everyday environmental habits. Emmaus Europe is now inviting you to discover this information set out in a handbook format.
Water, food, purchase of consumables, waste, housing, energy and transport are the issues tackled by the guide. The following information is featured for each of the themes: identifying needs so that a practice can be implemented, available techniques, advantages, drawbacks, references in the Movement, tips and recommendations.
The handbook does not aim to be exhaustive. The aim of the initiative is to give everyone the information they need to step up their practices in this area.
The ‘little bit more’ is often a ‘little bit less’ in reality. Stopping buying fruit and vegetables and switching to seasonal produce, not wasting food (almost 40% is thrown away), not travelling excessively, switching off the lights when leaving a room and not overheating our houses in winter are all examples of this concept.
Taking that first step seems very difficult and even reckless, but you will see that lots of ideas will start to flourish when you take on board this guide and will awaken our consciences about the need for a fair and sustainable society.
Enjoy reading the handbook!