One Planet Living

Why One Planet Living?

Sustainability at York

If you want to be involved in the next One Planet Week in Week 6 of the spring term, email:

The inspiration for One Planet Week came from Bioregional's One Planet Living framework, made up of 10 principles (shown in the column to the right). This framework was developed as a response to the harsh truth that if everyone on the planet consumed the natural resources as the average person in western Europe, we would need THREE planets to support us.1

Thus, we must ensure that everyone, everywhere can live happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of our one and only planet, leaving space for wildlife and wilderness: One Planet Living. The University of York is 100% in support of this (and is even a member of One Planet York)!

So...One Planet Week was created to advocate a more sustainable way of life to staff and students - reducing our impact on the planet. Each year a One Planet Living principle is chosen as a theme for the week, which events, competitions, and campaigns are centred around.

‌‌There are Ten One Planet Living Principles

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Health and Happiness‌
Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health & well being

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‌Equity and Local Economy
Creating bioregional economies that support equity & diverse local employment & international fair trade

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Culture and Community ‌
Encouraging the involvement of people in respecting and reviving their community and creating a new culture of sustainability

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‌Land Use and Wildlife
Protecting & restoring biodiversity & creating new natural habitats through good land use & integration into the built environment

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Sustainable Water ‌
Using water efficiently in buildings, farming & manufacturing. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding, drought & water course pollution

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Local and Sustainable Food‌
Supporting sustainable & humane farming, promoting access to healthy, local, seasonal & organic diets & reducing food waste

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Sustainable Materials ‌
Using sustainable and healthy products, e.g. those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources

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Sustainable Transport
Reducing the need to travel, & encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions

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Zero Waste
Reducing waste, reusing where possible, & ultimately sending zero waste to landfill

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Zero Carbon
Making buildings energy efficient & delivering all energy with renewable technologies