The secret to New Zealand's sustainable future

A report from the New Zealand Footprint Project puts the spotlight on the Kiwi lifestyle and how we can reduce the toll our consumption habits are having on the environment. Their sustainability solution: plan, prioritise, localise.

A report from the New Zealand Footprint Project puts the spotlight on the Kiwi lifestyle and how we can reduce the toll our consumption habits are having on the planet. Their solution: plan, prioritise, localise.

The New Zealand Footprint Project was a collaborative effort between Victoria University of Wellington, Otago Polytechnic and Auckland Council. Waiheke, Waitakere, Cromwell, the Tarras and the Kapiti Coast were the five communities used to provide a ‘snapshot’ of New Zealand.

According to the report, food and beverages make up a whopping 56 percent  of the New Zealand Ecological Footprint. If we can curb our appetites, there’s scope for a big reduction to our environmental impact. Short of eliminating meat and fish from our diets, another solution proposed by the project is growing half our food at home or in community gardens, which could reduce New Zealand’s footprint by 28 percent.

New Zealand's Ecological Footprint

Kiwis are allotted a Fair Earth Share of 1.2NZha per person in order to remain sustainable. And studies show this is only going to reduce as the global population is estimated to reach 10 billion in 2083. Our current average Ecological Footprint is 2.49NZha per person and 2.79NZha per community.

For more about the project, including a download of their full report, visit the Sustainable Practice website.