Buy Nothing Day


Buy Nothing Day is where you challenge yourself, your family and friends to switch off from shopping and tune into life. The rules are simple, for 24 hours you will detox from buying stuff – anyone can take part provided they spend a day without spending! Instead of shopping people around the world will take part in a 24 hour moratorium on consuming, either as a personal experiment or public statement.



Taking part in Buy Nothing Day is simple – it can be anything from staying at home with a good book to organising a free concert. It is entirely up to you how you participate and don’t forget to share your event using #BuyNothingDay.


Of course, Buy Nothing Day isn’t about changing your lifestyle for just one day – we want it to be a lasting relationship or maybe a life changing experience! We want people to make a commitment to shopping less and living more.

Waste Reduction Week

More details to follow on local actions and how you can get involved……

What are the objectives?

  • to raise awareness about waste reduction, product reuse and material recycling strategies,
  • to highlight the work accomplished by EWWR participants,
  • to mobilise and encourage  citizens to concentrate on four key action themes,
  • to reinforce EWWR stakeholders’ capacities by providing them with targeted communication tools and training.

What are the EWWR’s main features?

  • Coordination of awareness-raising actions during one week of the year,
  • Development of target-group-specific communication tools for schools, businesses, administrations/associations and citizens,
  • Development and promotion of an annual Thematic Focus about one specific waste prevention topic per year,

*** This event runs through until the 8th however for calendar purposes it is shows to only show on the 3rd so as to not clog up the event calendar ***

The core of the message: 3Rs and a clean-up

The actions implemented in the EWWR are addressing the “3Rs”: Reduce waste, Reuse products, Recycle material. The “3Rs” represent the options which should be considered first when elaborating a waste management strategy.

Following the hierarchy illustrated above, reducing waste should always be the first priority. Reduce means using fewer resources in the first place and includes strict avoidance as well as reduction at source. The second-best option is to reuse products. This includes also preparation for reuse. Third priority and the last waste management option that is included in the EWWR is materials recycling.

Themes of actions

  1. Reduce – Strict avoidance and reduction at source
  2. Reuse – Preparing for reuse and reuse
  3. Recycle – Waste sorting and recycling

Reduce, Reuse Recycle


Walk to School month

Every October is International Walk to School Month –

More details on local events coming soon…..

*** This event runs through everyday until the end of the month however for calendar purposes it only shows on the 1st October so as to not clog up the event calendar throughout the month ***

Watch our videos, check out our report – and email your councils!

School road closures are transformative, removing the congestion, pollution and other hazards posed by cars to put pupils and families first.

We visited two schools that are taking part in WOW, our year-round walk to school challenge, to find out how they work and how taking part has benefited pupils, parents and teachers.


Download our Family Walk to School Kit and join our movement.





Find out about our groundbreaking Walk to School challenges.


Parking outside school


Our report contains 21 recommendations for promoting walking to school.



Need more inspiration to get walking?

Take a look at our Silver Clarion Award winning film, produced with the Media Trust.

World Car Free Day

Stalls, Music, Games, Walks

Vehicles will be blocked from travelling along a key Liverpool road, the area that will be kept free of vehicles will stretch from the Rose Garden through to the Lock-Up – with buses set to be diverted around the closed-off area.

Ever since the first vehicle rolled onto the streets in 1886, the world has had a love-hate relationship with the motor car. Today, with over one billion motor vehicles on the roads around the globe, it sometimes seems as if we cannot escape the pollution, noise and danger that they produce.

One day a year is set aside to try and avoiding using cars and cycling, walking or using public transport instead. Car Free Day aims to take the heat off the planet for just one day by encouraging people to be less dependent on their cars and try alternatives.

Why not take action locally and avoid using your car!

Wavertree are holding a great Wavertree bake off on this day! Bring you cake to be crowned champion!


EarthEcho Water Challenge; Water Monitoring Day

The EarthEcho Water Challenge (formerly World Water Monitoring Challenge) is a program of EarthEcho International that runs annually and equips anyone to protect the water resources we depend on every day.
The Water Challenge builds public awareness and involvement in protecting water resources around the world by engaging citizens to conduct basic monitoring of their local waterbodies:

  1. Test – It all starts by understanding the state of water quality in your community. You can do just that with a simple test kit that may be purchased here.
  2. Share – Enter your data online to our international database and share your story and photos with us on social media using hashtag #MonitorWater and @EarthEcho. By doing so, you join a network of citizens from more than 140 countries, and become part of the solution for clean water and healthy waterways worldwide.
  3. Protect – Armed with your test results, you can use the information and resources available on this site to take action and protect the vital water resources in your community.

Protecting the quality of water in our local watersheds is a critical part of ensuring the overall health of the environment and our communities. Participating in the EarthEcho Water Challenge is a great way to be part of the solution to water issues worldwide.

National Moth Week

National Moth Week 2019, July 20-28

Register online to participate – click here

*** This event runs through the week to the 28th however for the purpose of not clogging up the calendar it will only appear on the 20th ***

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 National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. “Moth-ers” of all ages and abilities are encouraged to learn about, observe, and document moths in their backyards, parks, and neighborhoods. National Moth Week is being held, worldwide, during the last full week of July. NMW offers everyone, everywhere a unique opportunity to become a Citizen Scientist and contribute scientific data about moths. Through partnerships with major online biological data depositories, NMW participants can help map moth distribution and provide needed information on other life history aspects around the globe.

Why moths?

  • Moths are among the most diverse and successful organisms on earth.
  • Scientists estimate there are 150,000 to more than 500,000 moth species.
  • Their colors and patterns are either dazzling or so cryptic that they define camouflage. Shapes and sizes span the gamut from as small as a pinhead to as large as an adult’s hand.
  • Most moths are nocturnal, and need to be sought at night to be seen – others fly like butterflies during the day.
  • Finding moths can be as simple as leaving a porch light on and checking it after dark. Serious moth aficionados use special lights and baits to attract them.

 Sounds & sights from NMW 2012 

How you can help NMW:

    • Help spread the word about National Moth Week in your community. Download the National Moth week flyer (pdf) to hand out or post. 
    • Collaborate with NMW

How to participate:

Register an event or join a public event.  Mothing can be done anywhere- at parks, nature centers, backyards and even in towns and cities. Learn more at the Finding Moths page.


Zero Emissions Day

Join the Global 24 Hour Moratorium on the use of Fossil Fuels!

The guidelines for Zero Emissions day are simple:

  1. Don’t use or burn oil, gas or coal.
  2. Minimise, or ideally eliminate your use of electricity generated by fossil fuels.
  3. Do your best, have fun and enjoy the day!

It is up to us to take care of our planet at this point. When you’re driving something this large, you have to stop every now and then and reflect on what’s working and what is not working to get you where you really want to be!

Zero Emissions Day provides just that opportunity to benefit everything and everyone on our planet.

World Migratory Bird Day

World Migratory Bird Day is a global awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need to protect migratory birds and their habitats.

On the closest week end to 10 May each year, people around the world come together in order to take action and organise public events such as bird festivals, education programmes and birdwatching excursions to celebrate the Day. All events are linked through a single global campaign and theme. The theme for 2017, “Their Future is Our Future”, aimed at raising awareness on the need for a sustainable management of our natural resources, demonstrating that bird conservation is also crucial for the future of humankind.

You can find further information about the day and the annual theme on the WMBD website or on the WMBD Facebook Page.

Migratory birds are a great illustration of global interconnectedness. The birds we see in the UK in summer may have spent the winter in warmer climes. Changes to the environment or the climate in one country can have an impact on the bird migration to another country. And laws protecting birds in one country may not exist in another.

You can find further information, including a migration world map, on the Migration pages of the RSPB Learn website.

Compost Awareness Week

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated nationwide and in other countries each year during the first full week of May. Started in Canada in 1995, ICAW has continued to grow as more people, businesses, municipalities, schools and organizations are recognizing the importance of composting and the long-term benefits from organics recycling.

The goal of the program is to raise the awareness of the public regarding the benefits of using compost to improve or maintain high quality soil, to grow healthy plants, reduce the use of fertilizer and pesticides, improve water quality and protect the environment. The program includes a poster contest, programs at schools and activities and events promoted through governments, public municipalities and local businesses nationwide.

Each year, a theme is chosen. The theme for this year is Cool the Climate – Compost!. This is the theme for the Poster Contest, which encourages artists throughout the world to create a design sharing the importance of composting and using compost. The meaning behind this year’s theme is that there are many ways to help reduce our carbon footprint and reduce climate change — adding compost to the soil is one tool in reducing climate change. The 2019 ICAW theme, “Cool the Climate – Compost!” recognizes the connection between soil health and climate. By composting, carbon captured by plants from the atmosphere is returned to the soil. In addition, the compost, when returned to the soil, provides resistance to drought and disease, adds nutrients, improve its workability and reduce the release of nitrous oxide.

Throughout the week of ICAW, community and business events are held to encourage and celebrate composting. All types of composting – from backyard to large-scale are promoted. Events include tours of compost facilities, school gardening programs, compost workshops, lectures by a well-known gardening expert, compost give-away days, to name just a few. Click here to learn more about planning an event or to share information on your upcoming event. To learn more about how you can get involved with ICAW or plan an event in your community, click here to read the Celebrate ICAW Manual

Many companies strongly support ICAW by becoming an ICAW sponsor. We would like to thank all the 2018 ICAW sponsors. If you would like to be an ICAW sponsor for 2019, contact Beth Simone,

Browse the Compost Week menu for tools and ideas to help YOU celebrate International Compost Awareness Week!