A global movement of people pledging to make one small change in their lives each month, over the course of a year, to live more sustainably.

8,109

people pledged so far

Year of the Planet is a 12-month personal sustainability program helping people all around the world to reduce their personal carbon footprint and the plastic waste that ends up in our oceans and landfill.

Our Mission

Our mission is to gather, unite and empower 1 million people around the world. 

Together we could save over a billion single-use plastic cups, bottles, bags, straws and containers, destined for landfill and our beautiful oceans.

Together we could reduce our carbon footprint by 5 million tonnes

People from 44 countries on every continent have pledged to Year of the Planet:

US - Canada - Mexico - Costa Rica - Jamaica - Colombia - Ecuador - Brazil - Argentina - Chile - UK - Norway - Sweden - Finland - Denmark - Germany - Netherlands - Belgium - France - Switzerland - Austria - Italy - Spain - Portugal - Croatia - Czech Republic - Slovakia - Poland - Russia - Latvia - Estonia - Ukraine - South Africa - Turkey - UAE - Afghanistan - India - Japan - Thailand - Malaysia - Indonesia - Philippines - Australia - New Zealand

The program is all online, in comprehensive but easy to follow steps as we guide you, month by month, through a series of challenges that focus on transforming one area of your life at a time.

Work your way through starter, level-up and mastery levels of each challenge, with video and written lessons, quizzes to monitor your progress, fact sheets and further research links.

Screenshot of program dashboard

We provide you with official program pledge tiles and badges to share on your socials, and access to our private Friends of the Planet group on facebook to connect with the community and share your experiences.

And as a global community all participating and working together to live more sustainably, we encourage each other, hold ourselves accountable and celebrate the impact we're having on this beautiful planet.

Register now

We offer a “pay what you can” registration fee, to make the program as inclusive and accessible as possible. We’d love to be able to offer it for free, but it takes a team of us to keep it going, and we want to reach our goal of a million people saving a billion units of plastic and 5 million tonnes of carbon, so we need your help.


You can choose which monthly payment option you would like to contribute, over the course of 12 months:

$1 per month ($12)

This covers the admin costs of delivering the program to you.

$2 per month ($24)

This covers admin and goes towards paying the team so we can keep working on this full-time and supporting the community.

$5 per month ($60)

This covers admin and team support and helps us gather 2 more people to join the Year of the Planet program, bringing us closer to fulfilling our mission.

"From little things, big things grow"

- Meredith

“Well done! I agree if we all made this simple change it’s not small it becomes big .. like that Paul Kelly classic, 'from little things big things grow’... I have bought a keep cup, and cotton vegetable produce bags. No more plastic bags for me.”

Your Challenge Roadmap

FAQ

  • With all the damage that industry, fossil fuels, mass-scale farming does to the planet, how can my changes possibly make a difference?

    It’s not only the direct impact of our changes, it’s how we start to inspire and influence those around us, friends, family, at work, school. It’s what we stop buying, and what we start asking, and the influence that can have on the businesses and organisations we consume from, and the changes they will then make.

    It’s the noise we make, through sharing our experience through socials. The momentum we can help create.

    But as a community, our own impact is still significant. Our mission is to gather, unite and empower 1 million people around the world.

    Together we could save over a billion single-use plastic cups, bottles, bags, straws and containers, destined for landfill and our beautiful oceans.

    Together we could reduce our carbon footprint by 5 million tonnes.

    That’s a start. We’ll need to do more, of course, always, and alone, even we million won’t change much by our own actions alone. We’re a drop in the ocean.

    We need governments to set much more aggressive and impactful carbon reduction goals, to change legislation and phase out fossil fuels and commit to 100% renewables. We need industry and retail and the whole system to change, absolutely.

    But there’s power in changing our own behaviour, our own impact. It awakens us.

    You’ll start to see more and more, your eyes and heart will be open to all the waste, all the energy, all the harm. You’ll start to become more accountable, and you’ll change more and more in your life, and it’ll feel good.

    You have just chosen yourself to be a catalyst. To set off your own ripple. A lot of ripples can change the tide. That’s what we’re doing.

    We’re choosing to take action, to hold ourselves accountable, and to lead. Now.

  • Why is there a registration fee? Shouldn’t saving the planet be free?

    It takes a full time team to create and run this program, for so many people, all around the world. Your registration fee helps us keep growing and supporting the program.

    We’re very appreciative, and dedicated to delivering on our mission.

  • Can I start with a different month?

    Sure, but why? The program is designed to get in some early wins that are not so difficult to change, but still have impact. The focus is more on plastic waste early on, and more on carbon emissions toward the end. That’s intentional.

    We can’t force you to stay on track, but we do advise it.

    Of course, there will be some things you’re already doing. That’s awesome! Keep doing them. Tick them off when you get to them, with pride. But don’t skip the chapters, ideally.

  • What if I can’t make a change, or I slip up?

    You know the expression “don’t let perfect be the enemy of good?” That’s not what we want. We’re human. We mess up. That’s okay.

    Every time we do make a conscious decision to do something more sustainably, that’s a win. That’s one less bit of plastic, one less puff of carbon.

    That’s what it’s about.

    If you mess up, own it! Share it! We need permission to be human, to make mistakes, to have moments of weakness, where we just can’t be bothered.

    Not all the time, but giving up if we can’t do it perfectly is part of the problem.

    People who criticise you for doing something good because you’re not doing it ALL good - they’re part of the problem.

    “Why are you even bothering with coffee cups, but you’re still eating bacon on your brekkie roll…”

    “You know that more carbon was emitted in making that metal bottle, that was then flown over from China, than goes into that plastic water bottle…”

    That’s not the way. We’re thinking long term.

    Do you think it would be easier to convince 100 meat eaters to not eat meat just one out of every ten meals, or convince 10 meat eaters to go full vegan?

    I’m betting it’s easier to convince the 100 to eat a bit less. The impact is the same.

    It’s important we start to think this way. Not to slow things down, but to maximise participation, and therefore impact.

    Because once you’re eaten one plant-based meal a week, and you’re used to it, it’s not so hard to make that two.

    Take positive steps, know that you won’t get it perfect, but that if you do enough, change enough, you’ll be having impact.