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One Planet City: what makes a brilliant city?

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FotoDocument Ltd

This photo-based educational resource aims to help schools benefit from lessons learned during one city’s journey towards sustainability. It brings to life the concept of ‘people living happy, healthy lives within the natural limits of the planet’ through a series of fun and engaging activities which celebrate One Planet Living in the city of Brighton & Hove. If the world population lived like the average European there would need to be three planets to support us; if we all lived like the average North American there would need to be five! Yet, worldwide, more than a billion people get far less than a fair share of the planet’s resources and their basic needs are not met. The One Planet Living sustainability framework, created by Bioregional, is underpinned by ten principles covering areas such as health and happiness, carbon and transport and local and sustainable food. In 2013, Brighton & Hove was accredited as the world’s first One Planet City, developing a Sustainability Action Plan with targets to enable residents to live well within a fairer share of the earth’s resources. Professional photographers were commissioned by arts education organisation FotoDocument to produce ‘photo essays’ about the work going on in the city. The photopack centres on the photography commissions and contains activities designed to help Key Stage 2 & 3 pupils around the country to learn about ‘One Planet Living’. Many of these activities can also be used with older age groups and non-school communities. The activities are common to Development Education pedagogies and are designed to develop visual literacy skills through exploring sustainability, the challenges of creating sustainable cities and the concept of ‘city’. The pack comes with a teaching guide, laminated photographs and a CD containing templates, instruction sheets, further photographs and captions. To order, download and complete order form and send to

Resource contents

  • Teacher’s Pack

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Arts, Culture and Religion, Compassionate Values, Environment and Sustainability, Health and Well-being, Industry and Economy, Production and Consumption

Age Ranges

KS2: ages 7-11, KS3: ages 11-14


Art and design, Citizenship, English / literacy, Geography, PSHE / PSE / PSED, Science

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