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Facts and Figures

We can all live more sustainably and help build a better world for everyone. But this means taking a look at how we live and understanding how our lifestyle choices impact the world around us. We make hundreds of thousands of decisions during our lives. The choices we make and the lifestyles we live have a profound impact on our planet.

The richest one percent of the global population account for more greenhouse gas emissions than the poorest 50 percent.

Demand-side measures, such as making it easier for people to use cleaner forms of transport or eat more plant-based foods, can help shift consumption patterns, particularly among the world’s wealthiest, and could cut global greenhouse gas emissions by 40-70% by 2050.


Current lifestyles are unsustainable


Demand for natural resources is at an all-time high and continues to grow -- for food, clothing, water, housing, infrastructure and other aspects of life. Resource extraction has more than tripled since 1970, including a 45% increase in fossil fuel use.

The extraction and processing of materials, fuels and food contribute half of total global greenhouse gas emissions and over 90% of biodiversity loss and water stress.

We are using the equivalent of 1.6 Earths to maintain our current way of life, and ecosystems cannot keep up with our demands.

In high-income countries, the material footprint per capita – the amount of primary materials needed to meet our needs -- is more than 10 times larger than in low-income countries. And the Group of 20 major economies (G20) accounts for 78% of global greenhouse gas emissions.


  Use this Lifestyle Calculator to see your carbon footprint and find out how your choices impact the planet, allowing you to make climate-smart decisions.




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The Sustainable Development Goals include targets (4.7 and 12.8) to ensure that, by 2030, people everywhere have the relevant information, education and awareness for sustainable development and lifestyles in harmony with nature.


Here’s where every one of us can make a difference