We Tackle Big Questions
One Earth is very much a think and do tank. We believe that in harnessing the power of research, we can support innovation as well as evaluate our success in re-inventing the systems of consumption and production. We ask questions that help us understand both the what and the how of this transformation. At a core, here are our two key questions...
We Engage with Research Networks
One Earth supports and has co-founded networks furthering research on the topic of Sustainable Consumption and Production, in addition to its work with networks that bridge action-research-policy.
GLOBAL RESEARCH FORUM ON CONSUMPTION AND PRODUCTION
One Earth helped launch this network in June 2012 in Rio de Janeiro in the lead-up the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development. The mission of the Global Research Forum on Sustainable Production and Consumption is to strengthen the community of researchers and practitioners engaged in research on the worldwide transition to sustainable production and consumption systems.It builds on a 20+ year research tradition on SPC by numerous researchers, institutes, and networks around the world, and on many successful attempts to apply research findings into policy, civil society, and business. You can subscribe to the list, or change your existing subscription, by visiting this web page. Related is the Towards REDUCTIONS Project, a global research initiative focused on achieving "absolute" reductions.
SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION RESEARCH AND ACTION INITIATIVE
One Earth is a core partner of the North American SCORAI network and hosted the 2012 SCORAI Conference in Vancouver. The Sustainable Consumption Research and Action Initiative (SCORAI) is an international network of academics and practitioners working to address challenges at the interface of material consumption, human fulfillment, lifestyle satisfaction, and technological change. Network members are seeking to facilitate the design of a coherent research program that forges connections between scholars and communities of practice and contributes to an ongoing policy dialogue on these interrelated issues. Communication among members of SCORAI occurs primarily via a moderated listserv and a monthly newsletter. If you would like to participate in the ongoing discussion and/or receive announcements about SCORAI activities, please subscribe to the listserv.
CITIES FOR PEOPLE
One Earth was the thematic curator on New Economies in the pilot phase of Cities for People, a Canadian initiative that explores the following question: How can we enhance social, ecological, and economic wellbeing and help civic cultures thrive? It engages multiple stakeholders – citizens, community organizations, policy makers, municipalities, universities, private companies and foundations – in taking collaborative action to create more resilient and livable cities.
GLOBAL NETWORK ON SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES
One Earth is a member of this network, which operates a global platform for enabling more sustainable lifestyles. By exploring real lifestyle needs, opportunities and values and sharing new stories of our sustainable future, visualizing possible futures, finding solutions, creating partnerships and leveraging innovations are crucial for understanding the challenges and opportunities the emerging future presents. More: www.vision2050.net (click on ‘About’).
THE GLOBAL FOOTPRINT NETWORK
One Earth is a member and partner of Global Footprint Network, including to further the concept of the ecological footprint which One Earth Director Bill Rees developed with his colleague and GFN founder, Mathis Wackernagel. In 2003, Global Footprint Network was established to enable a sustainable future where all people have the opportunity to live satisfying lives within the means of one planet. The Ecological Footprint is a data-driven metric that tells us how close we are to the goal of sustainable living. Footprint accounts work like bank statements, documenting whether we are living within our ecological budget or consuming nature’s resources faster than the planet can renew them. Together with hundreds of individuals, 200 cities, 23 nations, leading business, scientists, NGO’s, academics and GFN’s 90-plus global partners — spanning six continents — GFN is advancing the impact of the Footprint in the world, applying it to practical projects and sparking a global dialogue about a one-planet future and how to can facilitate change.
We also work with or are part of the following networks that have a research focus:
Who is Working in this Space?
...local self-reliance, green procurement, industrial ecology, cradle-to-cradle design, sustainable lifestyles, zero waste, extended producer responsibility, life-cycle analysis, ecolabelling...
The North American Actor and Activity Map on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), a project funded by Industry Canada, is a report that examines the concept of sustainable consumption and production, and explores the ‘communities of practice’ in North America that are acting on specific leverage points within and across the SCP system. It builds on prior efforts, and contributes to filling a recognized gap in identifying who is doing what, where and why, in Canada and the United States as well as across both countries. Each circle in the graphic represents the many people working in the variety of communities of practice along the path of the consumption and production system. A whole network of actors has built around SCP, whether this work is undertaken by government and its agencies, the business sector and industry associations, not‐for‐profit organizations and grassroots community groups – individually or through various forms of collaboration. They work on, for example, redefining progress and the measure of true wealth and prosperity, local self‐reliance, socially responsible investment, green public procurement, industrial ecology, life‐cycle analysis, extended producer responsibility, corporate social responsibility, cradle‐to‐cradle design, ecolabelling, sustainable consumption research, sustainable lifestyles and zero waste. The report gives more detail on the work being done across the system. Having a model of the system is a good starting point to discuss the interrelationships, for example between consumption and needs / values. Email emmanuel at oneearthweb (dot) org for more information. With thanks to Lisa Hemmingway (Backyard Creatives) for her design work on this project. The report can be downloaded as a PDF.
Bill Rees' Research
Bill Rees - co-founder of One Earth and Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia - has a website which shares his extensive research work. You can also follow him on Facebook or Twitter. 'Ecological footprint’ - which Bill invented - is now an entry in the Oxford dictionary of the English language. He co-developed the approach with Mathis Wackernagel and they wrote the book, Our Ecological Footprint. You can follow the footprint's practical application and calculate your own footprint through the work of The Global Footprint Network, which Mathis co-founded. One Earth is producing an archive of all of his publications in partnership with the University of British Columbia, as part of its CirCL online archive.
“The Ecological Footprint is one of the most important environmental concepts in currency today, with virtually unlimited educational and practical implications.” E.O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University
Explore our resources section. One Earth videos include a TV show co-hosted by Dagmar and Vanessa. We co-founded and hosted We Canada, a cross-Canada youth-led effort towards the 2012 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. We were key advocates for the 10 Year Framework on Sustainable Consumption and Production at the United Nations. Why the UN?