Welcome to Future Planet, a new section of BBC Future where you will find stories on the people who are confronting pressing environmental challenges around the world.

We know that we are living through a climate crisis, a mass extinction and an era of normalised pollution that harms our health. The urgent question is now: what do we do about it? What are the solutions to these problems?

Future Planet is a home for in-depth, evidence-based stories on potential solutions. You will be hearing from the writers who are best placed to tell these stories: local reporters on the ground in the communities who have witnessed the challenge first hand. Meanwhile, in our global stories that span borders, our writers unravel how institutions, industries, laws and societal norms are changing – and how they need to change further.

Carbon footprint

The way we find and tell these stories is as important as the stories themselves. That is why we are bringing the carbon footprint of our journalism to the fore, so we can be accountable for and transparent about what we do.

You’ll see a figure on all our stories estimating the carbon it took to produce them, and you can read more about how we calculate that figure here. To our knowledge, we are the first major environment publication to take this step. We will use this as a starting point for wider plans to monitor and reduce the carbon it takes to bring global stories to a global audience.

We hope you enjoy Future Planet, which in its first week will take you to the people saving tiny islands from erosion off the southern coast of India, to thickets of a hardy succulent in South Africa that can sequester as much carbon as a rainforest, to the chilly streets of Belgium where sustainable heat is coming from an unlikely source.

We also want to know what you think are the solutions we need to create a sustainable world. From the people who are changing social norms, to the cities and industries that are being reimagined, and the sustainable technologies that can help us get there. Let us know via the social buttons below.


Martha Henriques is editor of Future Planet. You can get in touch with her on Twitter here: @Martha_Rosamund.


The digital emissions from this story are an estimated 1.2g to 3.6g CO2 per page view. Find out more about how we calculated this figure here.


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