Last week we hosted an event at the Global Climate Action Summit in California to showcase our One Planet Cities project. Our CEO Sue Riddlestone reports back and shares why she’s returned to the UK energised by the team spirit of GCAS
Bioregional is leading a new international ‘One Planet Cities’ project, funded by the KR Foundation. It is bringing together councils, organisations, businesses, schools and community groups in Canada, Denmark, South Africa and the UK to make their cities better places to live.
Working together, these organisations are co-creating locally owned sustainability action plans to generate a route map towards a sustainable future.
Bioregional’s One Planet Living framework is being used to structure the plans. These ten simple principles – from health and happiness and sustainable food to zero carbon energy – provide a common language to talk about sustainability and to drive change.
The project has created an international network of knowledge-sharing designed to accelerate change towards happy and prosperous lives for all within the limits of our one planet.
In each city, the local authority or a citizen-led coalition has worked with a lead partner to invite organisations to come together to create a One Planet Living action plan.
Tarusa, Russia has also joined the project supported by the UK’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office through a grant for “Catalysing growth for sustainable communities through UK-Russian collaboration”. The lead partner is Planet 2030, which will lead the process of creating a One Planet Action Plan for the city.
As well as contributing to the city-wide action plan, some of the local contributors have also developed their own sustainability action plans to support the wider vision.
Bioregional has trained 93 ‘One Planet Integrators’ across the locations – these are sustainability champions who will support the development of the city and stakeholder action plans.
All the action plans will be assessed against Bioregional’s One Planet Goals and Guidance for Cities and Regions, as well as carbon and ecological footprints, to show cities and stakeholders how well they respond to the challenge of One Planet Living, and how they could collaborate to achieve more.
We are looking for organisations in the four locations to help develop and deliver these plans. If you would like to get involved, please contact your country lead as listed below.