WHAT IS IT?

The Sustainable Lifestyles and Education Programme is committed to fostering sustainable, low-carbon lifestyles around the globe.

Through educating the public—including ensuring sustainability is part of mainstream education— and advocating for innovative businesses, policies and infrastructure, it is helping transform current lifestyles to ones that our planet can sustain.

COUNTRY CASE STUDY

The Green Agenda 2030 of the United Arab Emirates

In 2015, the United Arab Emirates brought together national ministries, local authorities and the business sector to adopt The Green Agenda 2030. The policy outlines five strategic objectives—covering Competitive Knowledge Economy, Social Development and Quality of Life, Sustainable Environment and Valued Natural Resources, Clean Energy and Climate Action, Green life and Sustainable Use of Resources—key to ensuring a sustainable UAE. Programmes will use diverse approaches including innovation, investments, infrastructures, skill development, energy and water efficiency and more, and monitoring systems will measure social and economic impacts in addition to environmental outcomes.

EDUCATION

1/3 OF FOOD WASTED

 Around one-third of food produced worldwide is wasted—1.3 billion tonnes each year. In industrialized countries, retailers and consumers discard 300 million tonnes of food that is still edible, which is about half their total food waste, and enough to feed the estimated 900 million people around the globe who don’t have enough to eat.

To educate and motivate people to reduce food waste, UN Environment, Food and Agriculture Organization and Messe Düsseldorf have teamed up on the Think.Eat.Save. campaign. Through its website and partners around the world, it offers resources and information that enable all sectors of society to buy, eat and store food more responsibly.


Visit ThinkEatSave.org for tips on how you can prevent food waste, or to see how your government, business or organization can get involved. (Available in English, French, Mandarin, Spanish and Portuguese)

Research shows that young people want to eat healthfully and sustainably, but lack the time and practical knowledge to change the way they cook.

The MyFoodways app dishes up personalized, flexible recipes by learning users’ preferences (e.g., allergies, likes and dislikes, number of people to feed) and goals (e.g., eat seasonally, create less waste) and combining that info with the a list of the products they have on hand.

BIODIVERSITY

The loss of biodiversity is one of the biggest challenges of our time. Humans are causing species loss 1,000 times faster than would occur naturally, and many ecosystems are at risk of collapse.

Biodiversity is not just an environmental issue – it’s a requirement for our nutrition and overall quality of life. And while the agricultural sector, food producers and food retailers have a great impact on biodiversity, its protection is not yet among their main interests.

The “Biodiversity in standards and labels for the food industry“ initiative, supported by the European Commission, is working to change this. By supporting standard-setting organizations in including biodiversity criteria into their schemes, and motivating food companies and retailers to include biodiversity criteria into their sourcing guidelines, it aims to improve the biodiversity performance standards and labels in the food industry.

For a comprehensive overview of how protection of biodiversity is currently addressed in food sector standards and company supply chains, download the Baseline Report.


COUNTRY CASE STUDY
ARGENTINA

The Industrial Reconversion Program is an action plan to improve the environmental performance of companies in the industrial and services sectors, and to transform operations to reduce environmental and social impacts through a voluntary programme.


Supporting governments in their commitment to reduce carbon emissions is crucial. WWF, with support from Germany’s Ministry for the Environment, has launched projects to help Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines reduce carbon emissions and protect biodiversity by improving forest management and agricultural practices.

In Thailand, the project focuses on crop diversity. Thailand is one of the world’s biggest meat suppliers, and many local farmers now grow corn for animal feed. But this monoculture depletes the soil, drives reliance on chemical fertilizers, and results in illegal burning of forests and fields. The environmental results are disastrous, devastating biodiversity and producing smog that hangs in the air for days, damaging the environment and residents’ health.

WWF helps farmers transition to sustainable crops, with free workshops that teach other options. WWF also teams up with local restaurants, schools and hospitals to sell the crops without middlemen and promote sustainability.

“The transition was difficult, especially because we had no money coming during that period. But thanks to the support we got, we managed it.”

– Thirasak Suwanno, former corn feed farmer now growing organic bananas

YOUTH

ASIA-PACIFIC LOW-CARBON LIFESTYLES CHALLENGE

Electric tuk tuks? Energy efficient homes for refugees? Fashion from recycled plastic? The Asia-Pacific Low-Carbon Lifestyles Challenge is getting young entrepreneurs involved in the fight against climate change.

Youth from nine Asian countries submitted business ideas that support energy-efficient,low-waste and low-carbon lifestyles in one of three categories: mobility, plastic waste and energy. Four winners in each category received US$10,000 to support their venture.

BRAZIL: EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABILITY AND CONSUMPTION

Five regions in Brazil are bringing sustainability education into public schools with a project that teaches kids ages 6 to 15 about sustainable consumption. It will also develop training materials for the Municipal and State Departments of Education to distribute to other districts.

The Education for Sustainability and Consumption project will reach:

WORLD AT WORK

VIETNAM GREEN OFFICE

We spend nearly 1/3 of our lives at work… so green offices matter! The Vietnam Green Office project is helping companies reduce their impacts on energy, waste, water, chemicals and food to help mitigate climate change.

BETTER BY DESIGN

Through ‘Better by Design’, retailers in Nicaragua, Honduras and Peru are coming together to implement tried-and-tested design tools that improve the sustainability of food and beverage products.

To get the public on board, a Consumer Information Lab will be set upto establish best practices in sustainability-led advertising and help consumers make informed purchases, enabling a transition to low-carbon, sustainable lifestyles.

FARMING

SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLES AMONG RURAL FAMILIES IN ZIMBABWE:

Small-Scale Conservation Farming To Change Lifestyles In Africa And Beyond

In the districts of Gutu and Mutasa in Zimbabwe, more than 90% of households are economically vulnerable and food insecure, and rely on rain-fed agriculture for their livelihoods. The ‘Sustainable lifestyles among rural families in Zimbabwe’ project promotes sustainable farming and living through Farmer’s Clubs, training and mentorship in production, marketing, environment, nutrition and health issues, as well as linking farmers to markets. By end of 2017, more than 9,000 farmers had been trained, resulting in a 50% increase in sustainable practices, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and improved health of rural families.

REDUCING FOOD WASTE IN SOUTH AFRICA

South Africa produces more than enough food to feed its population, but nearly 50% of people are undernourished. The challenge is two-fold: Farmers struggle to find markets for their produce—resulting in food waste—while consumers can’t always access affordable, nutritious food. Food for Us is a mobile app that brings producers and consumers together. Produce growers, both small and large, can offer surplus food for trade to buyers that distribute it to those in need, such as feeding schemes, schools, charities, hospitals and other public entities.