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Resource Types

  • Interactive Media
  • Data

Regional Focus


A Good Life For All Within Planetary Boundaries

  • This interactive resource on the University of Leeds website provides graphs, data, maps, links to additional information, and a comprehensive analysis of social indicators and planetary impacts of individual countries. 
  • The findings of this research show that no country is operating sustainably, particularly if they have more social benefits such as good nutrition, long lifespan, education, or access to energy. 
Teaching Tips


  • The graphs and charts are informative and help visualize the data.
  • The ability to compare countries and look at the pros and cons of individual countries is illuminating. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students should be familiar with graphs and charts.
  • The parameters presented in the graphs are not defined, but most are intuitive.


  • Math and science classes could use this resource to practice making various kinds of graphs and analyzing data.
  • The results of this research are profound and could be incorporated into a number of different subjects and lessons regarding sustainability, social/economic/environmental goals, human population, inequality, and ecological degradation. 
  • Other resources on this topic include this course about globalization, this video about the Anthropocene, and this table of solutions to climate change.
Scientist Notes
The resource spotlights the relationship between well-being of people and resource use. It introduces the concept of degrowth which is essential in reinventing the current economic model to achieve sustainable development goals. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Science
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-4. Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
      • HS-ESS3-6. Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
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