Changing the way we live
Working towards a One Planet Future
If everyone in the world were to consume the earth's resources at the rate we do in Scotland, we would need three planets to support us.
Of course, we only have one planet - and we're using its resources at a faster rate than it can replenish them. But there is a way in which we can live within the Earth's natural capacity and still enjoy a high quality of life.
One Planet Future uses the concept of ecological footprint to measure our impact on the planet. Our footprint is a measure of the resources we use in our lifestyle, showing us if we are living within environmental limits or not, and helping us make informed decisions to reduce our footprint and work towards achieving a One Planet lifestyle.
WWF Scotland is working to influence national and local governments to reduce their global footprint.
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A quarter of the world’s population do not have enough food. If we are to achieve a One Planet Future where people and nature thrive together, we need to reconsider the types of food we eat in the UK and where and how our food is produced.
While energy standards in new homes continue to rise, much of Scotland’s existing housing stock remains cold, damp and fuel inefficient. We need an ambitious programme to transform the existing housing stock, something that will have huge environmental, economic and social benefits
Travel is easier than it’s ever been. But that brings challenges as well as benefits. For instance transport is responsible for around a quarter of global carbon emissions.
Finance serves every economic sector that has major impacts on our environment, including energy production, fishing, agriculture and logging. We need to ensure that money is only invested in areas that protect the planet and push us towards a low-carbon future.
If we are going to change the way we live, we need to learn to live differently. The way in which we educate our children is central to this change. Childhood is the period in life when most values are learned, and the knowledge and skills for living in our fast-changing world are developed.