Welcome to the Sage Eco-Challenge!

Your Facilitator

Your local Groundwork South and North Tyneside Lead is co-ordinating the Eco-Challenge for your organisation. If you have any questions about how the challenge works or what you need to do, they can point you in the right direction.

Your facilitator is:

Tom Mower


In the end, it’s not really about saving the planet. It’s about saving ourselves

David Attenborough

Why it matters

The climate and nature emergency is one of the greatest challenges that humanity has ever faced. We are already seeing the effects today and we need to act now if we wish to protect the biodiversity and climate that supports our civilisation.

What is the Eco-Challenge?

Some of these problems will need high level international cooperation to solve, but many are linked to the way we all live our lives. The Eco-Challenge is a series of fun and inspiring challenges and tips that help you to explore new ways to be greener and that empower you to take practical action on the climate and nature emergency.

Starting your challenges

To get started you each need to click on the link for the challenge and then work through the steps at home. We recommend checking in with your challenge colleagues to give each other tips and share ideas and creations!

If you have other people in your household why not get them involved too? Many of the challenges are great fun for all the family.

When you complete each challenge, post a photo using #groundworkecochallenge and #sagefoundation and eco prizes will be awarded to the best entries each week!

Eco Spot Check icon

The eco spot check challenge

The first step to reducing your environmental impact is understanding what your current impact is and where you can make the most difference.

Turtle swimming in litter

Reduce and reuse

Each year we produce 300 million tons of plastic globally, contributing to greenhouse gas emissions at every stage of its lifecycle from production to refining to the way it is managed as a waste product. Plastic takes hundreds of years to biodegrade and single-use plastic bags have been found in the world’s deepest ocean trench.

Plant illustration

Don’t throw it, regrow it

The production of the food we eat is one the main contributors to climate change. The clearance of land for agriculture also has a huge impact on the amount of habitat available for plants and wildlife that help our planet to thrive. Reducing the amount of food that is wasted is an easy way to reduce this impact – this challenge explores fun ways to cut that waste.

Really Wild Challenge

The really wild challenge is about appreciating the vital spaces local to us that are carved out for our wildlife and discovering ways to support biodiversity on our doorstep.