One Planet Living

 One Planet Australia is a recent arrival to the realm of sustainability here in Australia, having set up office in late 2012. There is strong resonance with bioregional principles.

The following is an introduction to the 10 principles of the One Planet model. For further info, please check their website.

If everyone in the world consumed as many natural resources as the average person in the UK we’d need three planets to support us. If we all lived the average American lifestyle, we’d need five planets to support us, or four planets to support the average Australian lifestyle.

One Planet Living is free to use and helps people and organisations around the world to live and work within a fair share of our planet’s resources.

One Planet Living is a model based on ten simple principles which provide a framework to make sustainable living easy and affordable for all.

The ten principles

One Planet principles

The ten One Planet principles provide a framework that allows us to examine the sustainability challenges we face and develop action plans to live and work within a fair share of the earth’s resources.

Zero carbon Zero carbon

Making buildings more energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies.

Zero waste Zero waste

Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill.

Sustainable transport Sustainable transport

Encouraging low carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions, reducing the need to travel.

Sustainable materials Sustainable materials

Using sustainable healthy products, with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources.

Local and sustainable food Local and sustainable food

Choosing low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste.

Sustainable water Sustainable water

Using water more efficiently in buildings and in the products we buy; tackling local flooding and water course pollution.

Land use and wildlife Land use and wildlife

Protecting and restoring biodiversity and natural habitats through appropriate land use and integration into the built environment.

Culture and community Culture and community

Reviving local identity and wisdom; supporting and participating in the arts.

Equity and local economy Equity and local economy

Creating bioregional economies that support fair employment, inclusive communities and international fair trade.

Health and happiness Health and happiness

Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well being.

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