Sustaining all life on Planet Earth
The natural world as the foundation for all subsequent activity.
Connecting knowledge and activity throughout society to sustain life for today’s generations – and tomorrow’s.
By Edward Darling, Designer of the Sustainable Life Indicators and the creator of The Life Map
Sustaining life for today’s generations – and tomorrow’s:
There are 30 core datasets that define the four environmental components that sustain life – climate, marine life, life on land and clean water, and provide the foundation for all subsequent human activity. To address these components, The Life Map presents data in a consistent, accessible, understandable and usable format so that we can all be aware of how these issues affect us and society.
The datasets for climate address air quality and temperature, marine temperature and existing and potential flood zones; for marine life address water acidity, sea levels, habitats and species; for life on land address habitats and species; and, for Clean water address availability, pollutants and species. This information is shared between different stakeholder groups that can use the national standards that are being created with the formal engagement and endorsement of national authorities and science organisations to enable individuals and communities to benchmark and calibrate performance and identify success.
The process enables knowledge and activity to be connected regarding our individual and collective responsibility for the earth’s resources and show how our choices affect our communities and the wider world.
In The Life Map, the environmental reporting and disclosure provides the foundation for the subsequent products we require to survive, how the different services support us and how social aspects define society, all of which are aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and should ensure we sustain life for today’s generations – and tomorrow’s.
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