One Planet Living ten principles – to help explain sustainable living
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One Planet Living is the vision of a world in which people enjoy happy, healthy lives within their fair share of the earth’s resources, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness.
We’re consuming resources and polluting the planet at a level the Earth cannot sustain. Ecological footprinting shows that if everyone in the world consumed as many natural resources as the average European, we’d need three planets to support us. Read more here…
“Sustainability means development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Sustainable Living is when:
we consider the impact of fossil fuels on global warming and climate change and develop ways to make our energy use more efficient.
We reduce our over-consumption, re-build communities that support each other, and maintain heritage rather than destroy it.
We protect existing bio-diversity and natural habitats, conserve water, and support equitable local economies. Overal we promote health and well-being!
Ecological Footprint St Albans
If everyone lived as we do in the UK we’d need three planets to support us, for St Albans it would be three and a half planets! Ecological Footprinting is a wider way of exploring our daily impact on the planet than the idea of a carbon footprint.
You may be surprised to see below that St Albans has the second highest Ecological Footprint out of all the cities in the UK.
From: World Wildlife Fund City Footprint Report 2007 – city_footprint2 – see page 20 for information on St Albans.
Sustainable Cities Index – Balancing the economic, social and environmental needs of the world’s leading cities: arcadis-sustainable-cities-index-report
Climate change: NASA information https://climate.nasa.gov/
Habitat Loss: “Humanity has wiped out 60% of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles since 1970, leading the world’s foremost experts to warn that the annihilation of wildlife is now an emergency that threatens civilisation.” About the WWF report see: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/oct/30/humanity-wiped-out-animals-since-1970-major-report-finds