Sustainable living means understanding how our lifestyle choices impact the world around us - finding ways for everyone to live better and lighter. UNEP’s Anatomy of Action has the toolkit to do so.
5 March 2021
  • Sustainable Lifestyles and Education

By 2050, the world’s population may reach a whopping 10 billion. With more people comes more consumption – for basic needs as well as a thirst for well-being, fashion, travel and better living. Two to three billion of these will be new urban, young consumers, who receive 90% of their information from social media.[1]

The Anatomy of Action translates the science behind Sustainable Development Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production) into everyday actions for people and planet. Through a handful of lifestyle swaps, we can reset the way we live to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees and meet the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.

In order to make sustainable living and lifestyle values, attitudes, and behaviours the dominant norm, the UN Environment Programme in partnership with the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network, Green is the New Black, Earth Charter International and AIESEC bring young voices from around the world together to take action.

Food, Stuff, Move, Money, Fun

Under the 5 action areas, the toolkit provides 15 ways to live more sustainably. Our main goal is to inspire youth to live simpler and lighter lives; and while this can have a positive effect on the environment, it can also be great source of happiness.

This Anatomy of Action social media challenge will take place from 19th March to 2nd April and aims to build momentum ahead of a series of international summits happening (virtually) in April, May and beyond.

Coordinated by UN Environment Programme’s Sustainable Lifestyles and Education team, the results of the challenge will be discussed during dedicated sessions on sustainable lifestyles and behaviour change at the IUCN Global Youth Summit, SDSN’s SDG Student Program Annual Summit, UNESCO World Conference on Education for Sustainable Development as well as the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2021.

By taking part in this challenge, you won’t only be influencing your community to embrace a more sustainable lifestyle but you will also contribute to the development of a global movement targeting policy makers around the world.

Follow the Anatomy of Action on Instagram, LinkedIn. Find out more and register, here.


[1] UNEP Sustainable Lifestyles and Education concept note: Simply Live Better.

  • Sustainable Lifestyles and Education