One Planet Living is a concept pioneered by Bioregional, which offers a holistic “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”. St Nicks has adopted its ten guiding principles of sustainability as a framework for our projects, and we’re a member of the One Planet York initiative which launched on Earth Day, 22nd April 2016.
The aim is to make truly sustainable living and ways of working a reality in York. If every human being on this planet consumed the same amount of energy and resources as we do in the UK, we would need another two planets to sustain our lifestyle. Clearly, this is not sustainable or equitable, and has an impact on human wellbeing as well as the natural world.
Nature provides us with what some people call “ecosystem services” – things like clean air, water cycling or food – without which human life on this planet would either not exist or be worth living. However, human activities have a disproportionate impact on nature, which some scientists define as the crossing of planetary boundaries. Climate change, whose impacts we are seeing a St Nicks, is one of many global symptoms of just how unsustainable our impact has become but it is also one which has the potential to help us create a better, fairer society through addressing it.
The One Planet Living framework uses ecological and carbon footprinting as the main indicators of sustainability to look at all areas of life, as described by the ten principles [more content will be added to individual principles soon]:
There is a lot we can do as individuals to help look after the unique planet we live on and following those principles will help you make a positive difference. However, we can achieve even more when we act together. The Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales has shown in its Zero Carbon Britain report how the UK could rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2030 without drastically lowering our living standards and without lots of new technology. What is needed to achieve this is leadership and political will – we encourage you to pledge your support for One Planet York and to join the Climate Coalition, 10:10 or a similar campaign to aid (and benefit from) collective action.