One Planet Living
Sets simple targets, making it easy for people to live happy and healthy lives within the environmental limits of the planet. According to One Planet Living, the current consumption levels, the global population is consuming 50% more than the planet can replenish. Current European lifestyles requires three planets and North American lifestyles requires five planets (One Planet Living). It is not just about the environment, is about saving money and improving peoples lives. The ten principles of One Planet Living provides very clear targets for achieving One Planet lifestyles.
The Ten 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.
Making buildings more energy efficient and delivering all energy with renewable technologies.
Reducing waste, reusing where possible, and ultimately sending zero waste to landfill.
Encouraging low carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions, reducing the need to travel.
Using sustainable healthy products, with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources.
Local and sustainable food
Choosing low impact, local, seasonal and organic diets and reducing food waste.
Using water more efficiently in buildings and in the products we buy; tackling local flooding and water course pollution.
Land use and wildlife
Protecting and restoring biodiversity and natural habitats through appropriate land use and integration into the built environment.
Culture and community
Reviving local identity and wisdom; supporting and participating in the arts.
Equity and local economy
Creating bioregional economies that support fair employment, inclusive communities and international fair trade.
Health and happiness
Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and well being
Common International Targets
Greenhouse gases: 4.0 tonnes CO2 per person per year – by 2020. Contract and converge rapidly, aiming for a 0.8 tonnes per person by 2050
Ecological footprint: One Planet Communities will enable residents to achieve ecological footprints of 1.7gha as soon as possible and 1.25gha by 2050
Clean activities: One Planet Communities will avoid any damaging pollution to air, land or water as a result of their activities at construction or occupation stage.
Examples of One Planet Communities
Where it began: BedZED, London
Beddington Zero fossil Energy Development, or BedZED, is an eco-village in south London and the home of BioRegional. BedZED’s 100 homes, office space for around 100 workers and community facilities have been designed to make it easier for people to lead a high quality, desirable lifestyle. Energy efficient buildings, renewable energy, a car club and integrated recycling facilities make it easy for residents to reduce carbon emissions by half.
An Industrial park: Sonoma Mountain Village (SOMO), California
SOMO is a $1billion redevelopment of an 81 hectare ex-industrial site near San Francisco which has adopted all the One Planet principles. Over 1,000 jobs have been created and includes a business incubator for over 25 social and environmental start-up companies.
New City: Masdar, Abu Dhabi
Masdar City is one of the most ambitious sustainable development projects in the world. A One Planet Action Plan was written in partnership with BioRegional.
This is already under construction in Abu Dhabi and designed using traditional Arabic city design to cope with the extreme climate. This zero-carbon, zero-waste city for 50,000 people and up to 1,500 businesses will be powered completely by solar energy.
Source: Bioregional.Com http://www.bioregional.com/oneplanetliving/what-is-one-planet-living/