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The importance of "being aware"

To raise awareness is to attempt to focus the attention of a wider group of people on certain issues like homelessness, harmful laws/policies or environmental issues. Since informing the populace of a public concern is often regarded as the first step to changing how the institutions (or citizens themselves) handle it, raising awareness is more often than not the first activity in which advocacy groups, activists or others engage. Creating awareness is pivotal to bringing change since a lot of the time it makes visible to people issues that are otherwise overlooked or forgotten about.

Examples

Projecto Fruta Feia

Author: Claudia Coimbra - Published At: 2013-08-26 14:11 -

Projecto Fruta Feia ("Ugly Fruit") aims to minimise the social and environmental impact of food waste. The idea is to channel all rejected fruit and vegetable products to consumers that do not judge the quality of the product solely on appearances.

Civil movement "Protect Yourself"

Author: Maria Jeliazkova - Published At: 2013-08-16 13:36 -

Citizen initiative against bank policies and privileges set out in legislation, which has been initiated by lawyers working in the public interest and is supported by different civil society structures.

DariAcordar, the anti-waste association

Author: Anne-Iris Romens - Published At: 2013-08-05 08:19 -

A non-profit and volunteer membership organisation, dedicated to prevent all types of wasting, with the fight against food waste as its most important and pressing goal.

The Pig Idea

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-06-14 14:36 -

The Pig Idea is a new campaign to encourage the use of food waste to feed pigs. In addition to diverting legally permissible food waste, ultimately it aims to overturn the EU ban on the feeding of catering waste, or swill, to pigs.

TiR - This is Rubbish

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-06-12 12:41 -

This is Rubbish (TiR) aims to communicate the preventable scale of food wasted in the UK, through policy research, community- and arts- led public events.

Totally Locally

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-06-12 07:54 -

Totally Locally is a free, bottom-up campaign for any town or village to use in order to make people aware of the independent shops and smaller businesses in their local communities.

Homelessness & the Arts

Author: Lorna Muddiman - Published At: 2013-05-17 13:30 -

An awareness-raising campaign that is trying to change the stereotypes surrounding homeless people in the UK through a combination of artwork, literature, film and media, and corporate presentations.

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Other links and sources

  • Best Before Project - A not-for-profit organisation working in partnership with food businesses and food charities that is 1.) educating people about the meaning of ‘best before’ labels on food (not the same as 'use by') and 2.) encouraging food businesses not to throw food away but to either sell it at a discount or to donate it to local food charities - large quantities of such food are being distributed by its team of volunteers through a network of local depots.
  • Interested in starting your own campaign but don't know how? Find here some "how to" tips to guide you on DoSomething.org.