One Planet Week runs every year during Week 6 of Spring Term to celebrate sustainability research and work completed at the University of York, encouraging further action through events and competitions. There's lots to get involved in!
Want to contribute to #OPW19? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Why One Planet Living?
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 centered around.
ONE PLANET WEEK 2019 #OPW19
Week 6 of Spring Term is One Planet Week! What's on?
Running from 11th - 17th February 2019, this year we have some great events lined up (all top secret so far though)!
University Pledges Their Support
During #OPW19 you will be able to see what sustainable actions your college or department is commiting to with the pledge counter! So spread the word!
Think about your own impact on the planet and reflect on how to improve by making pledges yourself (coming soon).
What more can you do after #OPW19?
Staff? Check out Green Impact and turn your office or lab into a hub for sustainability.
Student? Volunteer to be a Green Impact Project Assistant or get involved with Student Switch Off! Want to read up on sustainable practices? Check out our handy Sustainable York Guide or read our Sustainability blog!
To find out how many planets your lifestyle is using, try the One Planet Living Calculator!
Last year, staff and students demonstrated their commitment to the theme (and principle) of Zero Waste!
Starting with a Karaoke Night in the Courtyard, #OPW18 included a range of workshops from upcycling to fixing musical instruments; a college recycling audit competition; a Zero Waste Challenge; a virtual Wonder Wander in the 3Sixty Room; and building a bug hotel building - to name but a few.
There are Ten One Planet Living Principles
Local and Sustainable Food
Supporting sustainable & humane farming, promoting access to healthy, local, seasonal & organic diets & reducing food waste
Using sustainable and healthy products, e.g. those with low embodied energy, sourced locally, made from renewable or waste resources
Reducing the need to travel, & encouraging low and zero carbon modes of transport to reduce emissions
Reducing waste, reusing where possible, & ultimately sending zero waste to landfill
Making buildings energy efficient & delivering all energy with renewable technologies
Health and Happiness
Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health & well being
Equity and Local Economy
Creating bioregional economies that support equity & diverse local employment & international fair trade
Culture and Community
Encouraging the involvement of people in respecting and reviving their community and creating a new culture of sustainability
Land Use and Wildlife
Protecting & restoring biodiversity & creating new natural habitats through good land use & integration into the built environment
Using water efficiently in buildings, farming & manufacturing. Designing to avoid local issues such as flooding, drought & water course pollution
Want to get involved or find out more?