The Green Liberty (Zaļā brīvība) has been founded in 1991 and registered as a non-profit NGO in 1993 (then as the Green Library of Environmental Protection Club). In 2000, the organization re-registered with a new name – Green Liberty.
Green Liberty’s mission is to develop a society where people live in harmony with each other and their environment. The Green Liberty aims at informing people about social and environmental implications of current trends in consumerism, trade and globalization; empowering people to make meaningful decisions connected with their lives directly and indirectly; and opposing abuses of power.
The Green Liberty organizes press briefings, conferences, exhibitions, public lectures, expositions, and runs webpage and online campaigns. Green Liberty publishes environmental information, organizes different cultural and environmental actions, as well as does studies on socio-environmental issues and works on sustainable development and lifestyles, development issues and particularly on fair trade, climate and energy and waste related issues. Green Liberty also advocates government on sustainable development and environmental policy integration in various sectoral policies.
The Green Liberty participates in local and international networks (including CAN Europe, European Environmental Bureau, European Eco-Forum and FairFood) and co-operates with civic and state organizations in Latvia and abroad.
We work on development education via projects that are focused on media, solidarity economy, climate, fair trade, and sustainable supply chains. We are organizing CSO seminars, workshops, and lectures at schools and during various events. We actively engage people in discussing development issues, inform connections between development and environmental issues, global impacts of local processes. We also work on fighting myths and misconceptions about development.
Green Liberty is actively involved in advocacy work with national decision makers regarding climate policy. At the same time, we follow European and international policy developments and we are a member of Climate Action Network (CAN). We promote a climate-friendly lifestyle and work on climate education and research. Our work contributes to informing society in Latvia about the implications of climate change and building an understanding of climate change-related global and local challenges.
Green Liberty has longstanding experience in sustainable consumption. We have been involved in several projects related to the topic, e.g. EU 7th FW funded project “Action Town” (http://action-town.eu/) looking for the ways NGOs can provide new insights for research on sustainable consumption and production with the goal of reaching absolute decoupling of economic growth from resource use. Green Liberty has published Consumer guide on sustainable living and regularly worked with media to popularize sustainable living in society. We have also done several studies on sustainable consumption and related topics, e.g. „Current Status and recent changes in consumption and production patterns in Latvia”, the background report for UNEP.
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