Welcome to the Centre for ‘One Planet’ Living

We are proposing and testing a framework for how any region can, over time, transition to a level of resource use and repair of nature that protects standards of living and the environment at the same time – something that does not happen anywhere in the world at the moment.

We also support, with training and information, groups and individuals who want to live the ‘one planet’ life as defined under the Welsh ‘One Planet’ Development planning system.

Right now the world is definitely not living sustainably and heading for disaster.

  • Communities – towns and cities – can choose to transition to becoming genuinely sustainable within this definition, by reducing their ecological footprint, including in their supply chains, and by embracing ‘closed loop’ production and consumption systems and renewable energy. Simultaneously they work to increase the amount and variety of nature around them.
  • Individuals and families can do the same at a small scale.

On this website you will find details of books, courses, news, to assist this process, and of what the Centre for ‘One Planet’ Living can offer.


Our work builds on two manuals, published by Routledge, written by David Thorpe, for living within the planet’s means:

  • The One Planet Life – a manual for low impact living by individuals, families and communities.
  • One Planet Cities – a compendium of solutions for towns and cities, and a suggested roadmap for transitioning to ‘one planet’ status.

How can we help you? Can you support us? To contact us for more information or with a specific query please fill out the form here.