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If everyone on the planet consumed the same natural resources as the average person in western Europe, we would need THREE planets to support us.

One Planet Living is a vision of a world where we can live happily within our one Earth’s resources, and a simple framework designed to achieve just that.

The One Planet Living framework

Designed by Bioregional and developed with the WWF, the One Planet Living framework is made up of ten principles, aimed at helping organisations around the world to achieve their vision of a brighter, better future.

 The University of York is 100% in support of this and is a member of One Planet York.

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One Planet Week

We created One Planet Week 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.

One planet week runs every year during week 6 of spring term. In support of Climate Action, the theme for 2020 is Culture and Community. Check out the One Planet Week page for activities, events and workshops to come along to and get involved with. There's even free food!

One Planet Week

The One Planet Living Principles

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Health and Happiness
Encouraging active, sociable, meaningful lives to promote good health and wellbeing

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Equity and Local Economy
Creating bioregional economies that support equity and diverse local employment and 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 and restoring biodiversity and creating new natural habitats through good land use and integration into the built environment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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