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We’re currently 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.

St Albans’ ecological footprint

You may be surprised to hear that St Albans has the second highest ecological footprint of all the UK’s cities. We consume enough to require three and a half planets if everyone in the world lived as we do.


Source: World Wildlife Fund City Footprint Report 2007 – city_footprint2 p.20

How do we define sustainability?

Sustainable St Albans uses the One Planet Living framework to explain what we mean by sustainable living:

OPL_Flower_Colour_RGB-01One 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. 

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. Overall we promote health and well-being.

Take climate action

Become a climate hero by taking a few simple steps to reducing your carbon footprint.

Why not try a few steps from the list below as way to start.

Download the Climate Action card here

We’ve also compiled a whole section of resources to help you live more sustainably. Visit our Resource page to learn more.

Further reading

  • Sustainable Cities Index: Balancing the economic, social and environmental needs of the world’s leading cities in a report by Arcadis.
  • Climate change: information from NASA
  • 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.” WWF report.