The dominant consumer approach to (non)-renewable natural resources leads to significant difficulties for the existence of the society and the planning of its future development. We need an urgent change of consumption manner in order to limit the waste of raw materials.
Existing consumer habits are permanently rooted and can be seen at different levels – in the household, on the workplace and in industrial production. On the other hand, the benefits of smarter consumption can also be felt in different dimensions – in economic plan – to save money, in social plan – to improve the quality of life and in ecological plan – to preserve the ecological biodiversity and protect air, water and soil.
The manifestation of the destructive for the nature habits is different in different age groups. Adults have patterns of behavior that are more sustainable. In children and adolescents (5-15 years) such habits are not present yet or are in the process of formation, which allows us to focus our actions to stimulate conscious and responsible behavior.
Following its mission, and as response to this need, in 2014 ECOGRAPH Association developed a project “Creative approaches in educational activities for the sustainable consumption of resources“. In 2015, the project received funding from NGOs Programme in Bulgaria under the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area 2009-2014 (www.ngogrants.bg).
The NGO Programme in Bulgaria is part of the implementation of the EEA Financial Mechanism. It is worth €11.8 million provided by the donor states Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Funds have been earmarked to provide funding to eligible NGOs, registered in Bulgaria with the aim to foster an enabling environment for the sector, strengthen its capacity and enhance its contribution to social justice, democracy and sustainable development of the country.
Fund Operator of the NGO Programme for Bulgaria is the Open Society Institute – Sofia – in partnership with the „Workshop for Civic Initiatives” Foundation.