Make no mistake: our living planet is under threat. The Earth’s life support systems are at breaking point. Climate change is already wreaking devastation. Billions of people have a poor quality of life, and wildlife populations are plummeting.
At Bioregional we are convinced that the heart of the problem is over-consumption. Ecological footprinting shows that if everyone in the world consumed as much as the average person in western Europe, we’d need three planets to support us.
This is why we created the One Planet Living framework.
What if everyone, everywhere lived happy, healthy lives within the limits of our one planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness? We call this One Planet Living.
We believe it’s still possible to prevent runaway, catastrophic climate change, and to regenerate our fragile ecosystems. But doing so requires us to work together to create the conditions that make it easier for people to live comfortably within the Earth’s means.
Using our learning from the BedZED eco-village, Bioregional created the One Planet Living framework – comprising ten simple principles (see below) and detailed goals and guidance – and developed it together with WWF.
It aims to make it easier to ‘do the right thing’ than to live unsustainably.
Anyone can use our One Planet Living framework. We can give you support, tools and training to do, and we also recognise leaders for their commitments and achievements - find out how to get started.
There are now 595,000 people around the world living in, working at or visiting organisations and communities with a deep commitment to One Planet Living.
Since the inception of the project, One Planet Living has helped us design and fine-tune a unique concept for a tourism resort based upon sustainability.Marie Balmain, CSR and Foundation Director at Group Pierre & Vacances Center Parcs
What’s really exciting about One Planet Living is its ability to change hearts as well as minds. It’s a fantastic tool for making sustainability accessible to all.Kevin Hydes, CEO of Integral Group and former chair of the World Green Building Council