Future Lifestyles

Building upon the work of ‘1.5 Degree Lifestyles: Targets and options for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints’ the Envisioning Future Low-Carbon Lifestyles and Transitioning Instruments is a Demonstration Project through the United Nations’ One Planet network. Funded by the Government of Japan through its contribution to the 10YFP Trust Fund (administered by UNEP,) this project is led by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in collaboration with Hot or Cool Institute, D-Mat, ICLEI Japan, the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan (NIES) and implementation partners: Akatu Institute (Brazil); Swechha India (India); ICLEI (South Africa); and Chulalongkorn University (Thailand).

The “Envisioning Future Low-Carbon Lifestyles and Transitioning Instruments” project (also known as “the Future Lifestyles” project) works with households and citizens to:

  1. Develop co-created pathways to sustainability in countries across the world.
  2. Mainstream low-carbon lifestyle options by identifying country-specific low-carbon options and showing the impact of various options and contextualizing them within overall carbon footprints.
  3. Implement citizen workshops and household experiments to develop a participatory process whereby households develop and implement their own sustainability pathway
  4. Develop scenarios and policy recommendations drawing from experiences of households living with the low-carbon options
  5. Create a communication campaign to further engage the general public in 6 cities across the world

Future lifestyles must address the implications of mitigating climate change without compromising quality of life. In this project, pathways for reducing lifestyle carbon footprints were co-created with citizens from six cities around the globe (Cape Town, South Africa; Kyoto, Japan; New Delhi, India; Nonthaburi, Thailand; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and Yokohama, Japan).

Through participatory processes, the emissions reduction potential in the areas of housing, mobility, nutrition, consumer goods & services, and leisure were identified in the context of mitigating climate change and achieving the 1.5 degree Celsius goal of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Participating citizens develop and implement their own sustainability pathway by selecting lifestyle changes to their household’s routine and tracking their emission reductions while documenting any difficulties they encounter.

Through this project, citizens contribute to a vision of a future lifestyle scenario in their home city.

To achieve a more widespread understanding of the priorities of the six cities, a multimedia contest invites people to contribute their visions for the future to complement the visions that emerge from the project’s workshops and household experiments. Together, this mosaic of community-generated visions are not only helpful in creating a new narrative for 1.5 degree lifestyles but also serve to open community dialogue and help inform policy recommendations.


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