Theme of World Consumer Rights Day 2020 - Swikriti's Blog

Theme of World Consumer Rights Day 2020

World Consumer Rights Day marks the consumer movement celebrated annually on the 15th of March with an aim to spread global awareness about the needs and rights of the consumer. It is an opportunity to celebrate the day to demand respect for each other and protect the rights of all consumers as well as to protest against market abuses and social injustices that undermine those rights.

World Consumer Rights Day was inspired by John F Kennedy, who was the first leader sent a special message on 15 March 1962 to the US Congress in which he formally discussed consumer rights concerns. In 1983, it was first marked by the consumer revolution and now mobilizes every year because of important issues and campaigns.

On 15th March 2020, World Consumer Rights Day, the consumer organizations around the world are joining together to make a call for the global changes that are the cause of the environmental breakdown. Immediate action is urgently needed to address the global climatic crisis and loss of biodiversity. The period of the 2020s is our last opportunity to reduce global warming, in line with the Paris agreement, to 1.5c from pre-industrial times and to reverse the current trend of large biodiversity loss.

Logo of Consumer International

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Every year Consumer International decides the theme of World Consumer Rights Day to focus on the issues of consumer rights. For this year 2020, Consumer International announces the theme for World Consumer Rights Day 2020 is “The Sustainable Consumer”.

This year’s theme will discuss the needs of the consumer and the global sustainable consumption also, it will highlight the vital role which consumer rights and protection can play.

We have to think about how we create and consume goods and services to protect the planet and provide equal social conditions for present and future generations. The goal of this year’s theme about sustainable consumption is to increase the efficiency of a resource, trade fair while helping to reduce poverty and enabling everyone with access to food, water, energy, medicine etc. to enjoy a good quality of life.

Nowadays, the demand for sustainable products is increasing day by day and especially in younger consumers. A global study showed that 81% of consumers strongly felt that businesses would contribute to improving the environment. But at the same time, some studies show the actual purchase of sustainable products in the range of 20-30%. Overall, sustainability is not an easy option for consumers yet it requires effort on their part to explore or identify the right purchase, change behavior, or pay more.

Swikriti Dandotia

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