The Game relies upon The Natural Step’s System Conditions for Sustainability.
In a sustainable society, nature is not subject to systematically increasing…
- concentrations of substances from the earth’s crust (such as fossil CO2 and heavy metals)
- concentrations of substances produced by society (such as antibiotics and endocrine disruptors)
- degradation by physical means (such as deforestation and draining of groundwater tables).
- And in that society there are no structural obstacles to people’s health, influence, competence, impartiality and meaning.
The System Conditions are applicable to both businesses (for the design of products and services, and all of their operation) and for citizens. As citizens we can choose to only consume products and services from businesses that are committed, through tangible action, to becoming fully sustainable.
The Carbon Cut Challenge, by being focused on the reduction of CO2e emissions from citizens, primarily addresses only one aspect of System Condition #1. Society is currently systematically emitting far more fossil fuel than the acceptable upper limit (a concentration of 350ppm CO2) for maintaining a stable temperature range in Earth’s atmosphere. While System Condition #4 is also addressed via Well-being Challenge opportunities, the intention is to expand the Sustainable Lifestyles Game to fully encompass all four System Conditions.