Do you have any inspiring stories from your ten years with One Planet Living?
There has been great change. Singita in Tanzania has gone from having no waste management at all, to almost no waste at all. One employee now organises for all the food waste to be shared between the farmers for their livestock. The focus on sustainability is benefitting the whole community. It is heart-warming to see the change and what it means to Singita, individuals and their perception of their jobs.
White Gum Valley and the City of Fremantle in Australia have done great things, leading to a concentration of other organisations doing their own amazing work there. The positive reinforcement within the area is incredible. The city has been a real leader in getting tremendous planning legislation which is a first for the country, encouraging higher-density housing where sustainability standards are met. The norm is usually sprawl, which is less sustainable. This attitude has spread across the city, with many developers and builders now adopting One Planet Living. They’ve picked up the framework and used it to find their own solutions.
What are you most proud of?
The influence of One Planet Living goes way beyond the size of the organisation. Green Soluce - a French sustainability consultancy - does analysis on building certification and one year they included One Planet Living on the list. We were way smaller than anyone else on there, without the level of funding they have. It was great to see One Planet Living analysed alongside such big players in the industry.
The most extraordinary experience I have had with One Planet Living was being invited to Rabat, Morocco in 2010 to speak about it at its Earth Day event. I emailed to ask how many people I would be speaking to and they told me 50,000! It turned out they were having a concert with short speeches in between the performers - I ended up being the warm-up act for the musician Seal. I have no idea how many people were there; all I could see were bright lights – but there were a lot!
What advice would you give to someone using One Planet Living?
Just get started.
Concentrate on connections and collaboration. We can’t achieve sustainability on our own; we need to identify our role in creating a more sustainable system and focus our energy there.
What are your plans for the rest of 2020?
We're running more webinars and training courses in One Planet Living. Having done several successful webinars and online training sessions, we want to enable more people to use One Planet Living and develop their own 'One Planet Action Plans'.
We will also promote our Leadership Recognition scheme. As more people start using One Planet Living and developing Action Plans, we want to recognise leadership where we see it, to inspire others to follow suit.
Find out more about our training courses in One Planet Living - dates to suit European and North American time zones