I was fortunate to find Vanessa at home and we spent time discussing how her environmental activism began, the origins of One Earth -a Vancouver, Canada-based environmental ‘think and do tank’- and what a new definition of the "good life" might look like between creating and imagining sustainable ways of living in cities and around the world. One Earth collaborates with partners to transform how people live their lives – what they need, what they consume and produce, and what they aspire to – enabling everyone to live good quality lives within their fair share of our planet’s resources.
One Earth is focused on catalyzing transformative, systemic change towards sustainability. One Earth is a co-founder of ‘Disruptive Imaginings: creating better futures’ – a global campaign and learning community aimed at creating compelling visions and experiences of life in sustainable futures.
Vanessa Timmer, the Executive Director of One Earth, is also a Senior Research Fellow at Utrecht University with Pathways to Sustainability, the Urban Futures Studio, and the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. Vanessa writes, speaks and teaches on social change, sustainability, leadership, and systems thinking. She is a past Associate and Fulbright scholar with Harvard’s Sustainability Science Program and holds a Doctorate in environmental studies with degrees from Queen’s University, Oxford University and the University of British Columbia.
One Earth works in close partnership with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies and with cities, the Canadian and US Government, the United Nations, researchers, civil society, and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network.