planet-earthWe only have one planet, but the average citizen of a developed or fast-developing country has an ‘ecological footprint’ so large that if everyone on the planet lived that way we’d need at least three planets to support them.

On average, per human being on the planet, it is as if we had 1.5 planet earths (and rising).

Humanitys ecological footprint

[image from WWF’s Living Planet Report]

In other words we are using up more resources than can be replaced, and creating more pollution than the planet can absorb. We have a planetary emergency.

But there are solutions.

The One Planet Life is a set of recommendations – a roadmap if you like – of options and strategies for households, businesses, communities, towns and even cities to adopt that will lead them to strongly reduce their ecological footprint.


The difference between this and other systems for ‘sustainable living’ is that actions must be measurable and verifiable.

Only if we measure what we do will we be certain that it truly makes a sufficiently significant difference. We can do this with the help of, amongst other things, an ecological footprint calculator.

A good place to start is to read the book The One Planet Life by David Thorpe.

Members of The One Planet Council are here to help with all your queries and to offer their services in the form of workshops, consultancy, training and more.