GSSL partners' activities

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The Global Survey Sustainable Lifestyles' (GSSL) results are presented in UNEP's report, Visions for Change: Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles, highlighting the need to work together to better understand, educate and empower young adults worldwide so they can create their own positive visions of sustainable lifestyles and become involved in change.

Following the launch of Visions for Change: Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles in May 2011, UNEP invited the GSSL research partners to nationally launch the publication by sharing their respective national results of the survey through outreach activities involving the media, the public and various other organizations and stakeholders. Numerous countries held workshops and press conferences to raise awareness about sustainable lifestyles through the GSSL by unveiling national and regional results, where appropriate.

Here are some examples of outreach activities:

The research partners in Canada, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) and Concordia University, unveiled the North American results of the Global Survey on Sustainable Lifestyles at an event held in Montreal, Canada on 1st June 2011. Key note speakers included co-authors of the North-American results chapter, Guy Lachapelle, Professor at Concordia University's Department of Political Science, and Solange Tremblay, Associate Professor at the UQAM Department of Social and Public Communication.

From left to right: Daniel Brown, Dalhousie University student; Solange Tremblay, Associate Professor at the UQAM Department of Social and Public Communication, Guy Lachapelle, Professor at the Concordia Department of Political Science; Louise Dandurand, Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University; and Yves Mauffette, Vice-President, Research at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

This unveiling of the GSSL results, with a particular focus on North America, received substantial media attention. The following documents highlight some of the coverage received:
- Media Coverage (print only)
- Media Coverage (print and broadcast)


India's  results of the Global Survey for Sustainable Lifestyles were unveiled at three different events held in New Delhi and Hyderabad, India. The activities were jointly organized by GSSL research partners, CMS India and Venkatesh Trust for Education and Excellence. bringing together more than 500 people who participated in the both New Delhi and Hyderabad.


- A press conference was held on 2 June 2011 in New Delhi and included key speakers such as representatives from India's Ministry of Environment and Forests, the United Nations (UN Information Centre and UN Development Programme), Venkatesh Trust for Education and Excellence and CMS. This event was part of World Environment Day 2011 celebrations and was held during the inaugural ceremony of the Biodiversity Film Festival. Click here for the press release.

- A workshop on "Sustainable environment, media and youth" was held on 23 June 2011 in Hyderabad and involved speakers from Hyderabad, including representatives of schools, Forum for a Better Hyderabad, CMS and Green Planet Vision. The workshop was attended by more than 100 young people. Click here for the invitation to the workshop. Click here for some media coverage received for this workshop.

- A presentation on India's GSSL results took place on 24 June 2011 in New Delhi where Prof. Veeraraghavan, Director, Venkatesh Trust for Education and Excellence, provided insight of the survey and the key recommendations.

A brief report is also available for download. 

The GSSL research partners in Japan, the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and Dentsu Inc., joined forces to translate the GSSL report, Visions for Change: Recommendations for Effective Policies on Sustainable Lifestyles, into Japanese. This translated report has been widely disseminated in Japan to key media outlets and other relevant stakeholders.

Click here to download the report in Japanese. Please note that  the Japanese translation is not an official UN translation and that sole responsibility for the accuracy of the translation lies with National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) and Dentsu Inc.

New Zealand

The GSSL research partner in New Zealand, University of Canterbury, launched the Visions for Change report on 27 April 2011 at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, the largest city in New Zealand's South Island. This event was attended by Member of Parliament Nicky Wagner who kindly attended the launch on behalf of the New Zealand Ministers of Environment and Social Development. Nicky Wagner is helping lead the public consultation for the rebuilding of Christchurch City, which  experienced devastating earthquakes and aftershocks on 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011. Nearly half the New Zealand survey respondents came from Christchurch, and as a result the survey provides timely and helpful information about what young New Zealanders value about their lifestyle which can help inform decision making as the country prepares to rebuild Christchurch as a sustainable city in which young people can continue to flourish. The event was organized by Dr. Bronwyn Hayward, lead author for the New Zealand country paper of the Visions for Change report.


From left to right: Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Town, Vice-Chancellor Dr Rod Carr, Nicky Wagner (Member of New Zealand Parliament representing the Ministers of Environment and Social Development), Senior Lecturer Dr Bronwyn Hayward and Pro-Vice-Chancellor Professor Ed Adelson

Media coverage is available for download (Attachment 1 and Attachment 2)

The Philippines


The GSSL partner in the Philippines, the Young Artists Fellowship for the Environment (YAFE), has been working with UNEP for a number of years on sustainable lifestyles activities. YAFE has been actively involved in promoting sustainable lifestles in the Philippines for a number of years, working with youth from around the country. YAFE launched the Visions for Change report at one of its coffee break series, which provides a platform for exchanging ideas on sustainable lifestyles and other relevant topics. YAFE launched Visions for Change on 17 December 2011, where Laiden Pedriña, who coordinated the GSSL in the Philippines along with Angelicum Fernandez-Oda, shared findings of the report, with a focus on the results of the Philippines.

Click here for additional pictures:

- group picture 1

- group picture 2