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 for transforming our ways of living is extensive and significant. It is also a great opportunity for enabling healthy, happy, and meaningful living, in a just society, within ecological boundaries. And 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 resources consumption and 50% of all waste (Ivanova et. al 2015).

For high-consumers, reductions of over 80% in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by 2050 are needed from today’s intensity of lifestyles. (1.5 Degree Lifestyles – Akenji et al. 2019)

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reduction in the carbon emissions per high-consumer is needed 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 (Oswald & Steinberger 2020). 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 One Earth and Hot or Cool, with generous support from the KR Foundation