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CIRCULENTS CALL FOR ACTION

Young circularity leaders all around from the Baltic sea region are concerned about climate change and the passiveness of action to stop it. We created an eight-theme action plan on how to begin the change. So, get inspired and join the circle.

CHANGES WE SUGGEST

The world is changing. If we want to keep on living here, we have to change too.

ACTION STEPS

​Every year, a single human being produces almost 2 thousand pounds of waste. And the situation is getting worse. With increasing pollution and climate change being more real than ever, change in our everyday lives is necessary. The solution is simple - we need to create a circular society. To achieve that, we propose a few suggestions:1. Endorse EU’s green recovery plan.The linear economy is weaker than ever because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is a perfect time to adapt to a circular economy without any drastic consequences.2. Support, join and advertise local communities, which represent circular and sustainable lifestyles. This should include community services for sharing i.g. household tools, hobby equipment, and motor vehicles.3. Local governments should provide all necessary opportunities for their residents to be circulents.This should include:Easily accessible public transportation and a transportation infrastructure enabling biking and other non-motor vehicles is necessary.Companies should be required to provide fair repairing services for their products and incentivize companies to offer products with zero-packaging options. Companies and public actors should be accountable for the pollution or trash they produce and offering the public easily accessible ways to recycle their waste.New systems between different private and public actors where they synchronize their resource use in a way that doesn’t create waste have to be created.4. Foster knowledge exchange between countries. Create systems where countries can encourage each other and hold each other accountable for their promises towards circularity.5. Encourage ecological energy use.Ecological energy use should be taken better into consideration when planning and building society’s infrastructure.

Recycle resources

The time of waste is coming to an end. No more extraction of new resources. Time for repurposing, repairing, and, as last resort, recycling, is here. Keep it in the loop.

ACTION STEPS

​75% of our everyday waste can be recycled, however, only 30% are recycled. We are running out of natural resources, if we don't start reusing and recycling our materials, soon we will not have supplies to create new products.  There is a solution - circular waste management. To achieve that, we propose a few suggestions: 1. Spaces can be shared. Municipalities should map from their provincial and city plans how their building base is used and collaborate with companies on how to utilize offices and other business spaces during the time they are empty. 2. More circular construction and manufacturing. The use of materials in construction and manufacturing should be through legislation and other methods guided towards better circular material use. 3. Products deserve a second life. Consumers should be encouraged to share, repurpose and repair their items and only after such steps should there be an easily accessible recycling system available for different materials and products.

READ FULL DECLARATION

Download a full PDF of circulents action plan.

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