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National Snapshots

National Snapshots

No country currently meets the basic needs of its residents at a globally sustainable level of resource use. Explore and compare the national resource use associated with meeting people’s basic needs in over 150 countries, using data from our 2018 study, A Good Life For All Within Planetary Boundaries, published in Nature Sustainability (and summarised in The Conversation).

Follow the links below to see the challenge that humanity faces, and select individual countries to compare their performance relative to the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries. Check out a world map with our results, or explore relationships between variables to see what different thresholds for a good life would mean for sustainability.


For a discussion of the implications of our 2018 study, watch this video in which ecological economist Giorgos Kallis interviews lead author Dan O'Neill about whether a good life can be extended to all people.