How can daily actions make a positive impact in the world? By looking at the data and research, the United Nations Environment Program and The UnSchool of Disruptive Design created The Anatomy of Action to define and communicate the most positively impactful actions anyone of us can take to add to the global movement around sustainable lifestyles to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
This project conducted an extensive review of the scientific data on what actions, when taken individually and accumulated across the globe, can and will have positive impacts on the health and sustainability of our planet. The collected data was synthesized into a list of 15 everyday actions across 5 lifestyle themes to share what does, and does not*, make a difference in the world, and how we can best focus our collective and diverse energies on making change happen through the lives we lead.
*We of course know that this is not the entire list of sustainable living actions available to make a positive impact on the planet. There are gaps in our lists, however these specific actions are selected based on peer-reviewed evidence for their potential to have significant positive impact if a mass amount of people adopt them. Download the action list data validation deck here to find out more of the science behind the Anatomy of Action.
This initiative set out to research and develop an action map that connects tangible everyday actions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and develop a set of achievable high-priority lifestyles areas where micro actions taken by individuals will contribute to sustainable macro changes in the economy and society at large.
The project saw the identification of everyday actions based on recent best-practice scientific data and aligned with clear actionable outcomes. This document summarizes the research that informed the development of the Anatomy of Action designed to help make sustainable living tangible, actionable and irresistible.
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