Welcome to the Beacon for Sustainable Living!

We have vast potential to transform our ways of living to address climate and sustainability challenges. The Beacon is shining a light on fresh, bold solutions that match the scale and pace needed to reach 1.5 degree, one-planet living. Together, we can take action with inspired creative strategies and overlooked solutions.

Communicate

Talk about this challenging topic. Ideas for messaging and framing.

Solutions

Explore strategic shifts and promising action areas.

Taking action

Test creative strategies. Connect and share skills together.

Why sustainable living?

The need to transform our everyday lives is extensive and significant. It’s also a great opportunity to enable healthy, happy, and meaningful living for all, within ecological boundaries.

We can only achieve the Paris Agreement on climate change and our sustainable development goals if we transform how we live.

Globally, households contribute as much as 70% of our greenhouse gas emissions, 75% of our natural resource consumption and 50% of all waste.

For high consumers, reductions of over 80% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 are needed from today’s intensity of lifestyles. 

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The world's high consumers need to reduce their carbon emissions 80% by 2050.

The top 5% of the world’s population accounts for more than 20% of global energy footprints, while many don’t have enough to meet their basic needs. Footprints measure our ecological impact through our demand on nature’s services.

For individual and community wellbeing, there is an urgent need for new economies that cater to our needs without obsessing over growth or relying on overconsumption. There is an opportunity to shift away from a materialist culture – a focus on ‘things’ – to what truly matters: trust, belonging, purpose, health, community and meaning.

We need both systemic solutions and individual behaviour changes in our social practices and norms to get to the deep, rapid and lasting shifts to sustainable ways of living.

The Beacon is led by OneEarth and Hot or Cool, with generous support from the KR Foundation