One Earth is co-hosting a North American workshop to transform how we make, use and throw away stuff (workshop website). It brings together 40 participants from across sectors from the 7-9 October, including Annie Leonard (The Story of Stuff Project), Bob Massie (The New Economics Institute), Chad Park (The Natural Step), Janis Timm-Bottos (La Ruche D’Art), Eleni Sotos (The Sustainability Funders) and others. This meeting is part of the evolving process aimed at aligning our efforts in order to create tangible strategic changes in consumption and production systems. The workshop is hosted by the Johnson Foundation at Wingspread at their campus in Racine, Wisconsin. This workshop is an experiment in a new way of interrelating across our diverse areas of work through the approach of systems mapping. We will explore high leverage intervention points which can lead to 2-3 solutions spaces for experimentation with smaller working groups supported by systems approaches in 2014. Co-sponsors include: J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, Cities for People, The Johnson Family Foundation, The Garfield Foundation, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread and the Planning Team.
The One Earth Initiative is a non-profit research and advocacy group based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. We seek to transform unsustainable consumption and production patterns locally, nationally and internationally. We champion a democratic, socially just and ecologically sustainable world in which all citizens can meet their basic needs, enjoying a healthy and rewarding life.
The One Earth Initiative stimulates movement from commitment to action on sustainable consumption and production (SCP):
- We engage in policy advocacy to encourage government accountability to their UN Rio commitments on SCP.
- We undertake targeted research and action initiatives which link global and local issues, including a scan of the effectiveness of past and ongoing SCP campaigns.
- We promote positive visions of the future to make sustainable livelihoods attractive, and inspire the world to think and act as One Earth.
The One Earth Directors have long-standing and varied experience in sustainability issues, from local to global levels and across research, policy and practice. Find out more about our team: Emmanuel Prinet, William (Bill) Rees, Tobi Reyes, Dagmar Timmer and Vanessa Timmer and Nicole-Anne Boyer.
We are motivated by endless human imagination as we join in the growing sustainability revolution to redesign and transform our societies. One Earth brings tools, ideas and real applied solutions to the table. We work with partners around the world, from the local to international level.
Picture a city and a fun lifestyle that can be sustained for the long-term within the ecological capacity of our planet!
We live in a web of connections to the people and places around the world that sustain our lifestyles and societies. We envision a world of sustainable living where:
- Being “wealthy” means living a vibrant and fulfilling life,
- There is secure access to the resources for basic human needs,
- Healthy lifestyles are supported by responsible production of goods, and
- Local livelihoods are enhanced by global links.
This world of sustainable living is brought about by individual choices, solid public policy, sound industrial practices and appropriate technology. Take a closer look at One Earth’s vision, mission and objectives.