One Planet Solutions
It requires that we:
- Preserve natural capital:
Restore damaged ecosystems, halt the loss of priority habitats, significantly expand protected areas.
- Produce better:
Reduce inputs and waste, manage resources sustainably, scale-up renewable energy production.
- Consume more wisely:
Through low-footprint lifestyles, sustainable energy use and healthier food consumption patterns.
- Redirect financial flows:
Value nature, account for environmental and social costs, support and reward conservation, sustainable resource management and innovation.
- Equitable resource governance:
Share available resources, make fair and ecologically informed choices, measure success beyond GDP.
While the global trends leave us in no doubt about the scale of the challenges that we face, there is room for hope. Numerous examples from all around the world demonstrate the One Planet Perspective in practice – with significant environmental, social and economic benefits. Below are just a few.
Great Barrier Reef: land, rivers and sea
If stuff that runs off our farm is affecting the reef, we need to do what we can to reduce it. And that’s the idea of this, to get proactive and show what can be done. Hopefully that will lead to change within the industry.
Chile: protection, production and people
We are privileged to live in this environment, an in absolute harmony between the marine ecosystems and our indigenous world view. Our ocean, land and air are sacred spaces and provide everything for our survival.
Mountain gorillas: conservation, communities and conservation
Before there was no connection between the park and local communities. Now it is totally different. They understand that the park is important for them because they are benefitting directly from the money we are getting from tourism. They respect the gorillas.
Belize: valuing natural capital
The coastal zone of Belize is undeniably one of the country's greatest assets. It is treasured by the Belizean people for its economic and socio-cultural values, and wide range of ecosystem benefits.
South Africa: plantations and wetlands
Forestry is a big part of our livelihood and it is important we have a good relationship with the plantation company. The community graze their cattle in the plantations, collect firewood and honey, and many are forestry workers and contractors.
Denmark: winds of change
On a windy day, my wife said, 'If you want to try to connect your wind turbine to the grid, now is the time!' Everything went fine and the electric meter started to run backwards.
We love cities
The Earth Hour City Challenge allowed us to learn from other cities, pushing us to think more creatively. With the help of our residents, the business community and civic organisations, our city will continue to find low footprint solutions that improve quality of life and build a thriving, dynamic economy.
Making markets work for forests
Our partnership aims to make a difference in some of the world’s most important forests. We work closely with different stakeholders. This is not always easy, but in our experience it is the best way to contribute long term to biodiversity and people’s livelihoods.
Borneo: building a green (and gold) economy
Collecting honey is part of our cultural heritage. It’s a tradition. With WWF’s help, we have made this activity more profitable and more sustainable.
China: better stoves save pandas
By helping build energy efficient stoves, the relationship between local people and us is getting better. It is very helpful for our protection work in the giant panda nature reserve.
Hong Kong: changing attitudes in the “city of consumption”
My daily habits have been changed. I think more carefully when I shop and make sure I only buy what I really need.
China: constructed wetlands
It is really amazing to see the improvement after the wetland is constructed with beautiful flowers and plants on. You can never imagine that fish swim in the pond full of purified wastewater, which used to be so black and bad smelling!