OPL INSIGHTS are developed by drawing from vast amounts of data garnered from the most reputable sources in the world.  One Planet Life gathers, analyzes, and compiles this rich data, synthesizing it into easy-to-navigate, interactive insight guides specifically for you.  Our exclusive insights focus on a variety of topics including sustainability, ecology, food waste, recycling, wellness, and more.  One Planet Life also curates helpful tools and insights provided by Global Forest Watch, the Grace Communication Foundation, the United States Geological Survey, and other reputable sources to give you a robust view of our world. With this knowledge, we can work together to support sustainability efforts and mitigate our current climate crisis.

How Income Impacts Access to Clean Water

How Income Impacts Water Access

A shocking 26% — nearly 2 billion people — do not have access to safely managed water, and 46% lack access to basic sanitation.  Read our OPL Insight blog to learn more about water inequality and its causes. 

Food Waste by Category and Sector

Water Accessibility Around the Globe

Not everyone has instant access to water.  Depending on where you live, you could be 30 minutes away from your nearest source.  Explore water accessibility around the globe, and understand our current environmental and humanitarian water crisis.

Food Waste by Sector

Food Waste by Sector

Food waste management is a crucial factor in our fight against climate change.  Gain a better understanding of where most food waste occurs in America. Then read our blog to learn what you can do about it.

Food Waste by Category and Sector

Food Waste by Category and Sector

In America, 30-40% of produced food is never consumed.  Discover which sector creates the most food waste for each food type.  Then take a deeper dive to understand how global food waste is a major contributor to our climate crisis.

OPL Insight: How Healthy is Your State?

How Healthy Is Your State?

Data Insights into Five Key Climate Issues

One Planet Life has analyzed and compiled data on each state’s CO2 emission, air quality, water quality, waste, and overall pollution.  We then ranked each state on a scale of 1 (sustainable) to 50 (least sustainable).  See how your state rates.

Biocapacity Deficit

The Ecological Deficit of the United States

Earth Overshoot Day measures the health of our planet against our carbon footprint, but each country and region has its own national deficit or reserve. As of 2024, the United States has a national biocapacity deficit of 110%. This means the United States’ ecological footprint is over twice its national biocapacity. Learn more here.

OPL Insight-Recycling Rates

Recycling Rates of Major US Cities

The average recycling rate in the United States is about 34%.  This rate is incredibly low, especially as Americans are the largest garbage producers in the world.  While some large cities exceed average recycling rates, others have considerable room for improvement.  

Explore our insight to better understand recycling rates for 48 major U.S. states, and to see how recycling practices have progressed over the past 35 years.

Social Progress and Happiness

Social Progress and Happiness

We dream of a world where people and the planet come first. To explore where we are today, we looked to social progress and happiness. We want a world where people are safe, healthy, and free. 

Use our interactive map to explore and compare social progress and world happiness data around the world.

Tree Coverage Map US

Tree Cover in the US

We love trees! Trees are a rich resource that gives us oxygen, store carbon, provide shade, stabilize soil, support animal life, provide building materials, and even have medicinal properties. Restoring trees is one of the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation. We are on a journey to learn more about trees and to increase trees everywhere. We invite you to explore the tree coverage and state trees in the United States.

Explore our interactive map to learn more about tree coverage by U.S. state.

Protected Land By State

Protected Land by U.S. State

The United States has 63 natural parks and protected lands, encompassing an area roughly 432,000 square miles (12% of the U.S.).  Most protected land in the US is privately owned. Privately owned land can be used in a variety of ways, depending on zoning laws, without regard for natural habitats. Protected areas in the United States receive widely different levels of protection.

Explore our interactive map to discover notable parks and protected land by state, and which states have the most protected land. Then learn about how the United States wishes to increase protected land to 30% by 2030.

Biodiversity Around the World

Biodiversity Around the World

There are over 10 million plant and animal species that share our Earth.  Each plays a unique role in nature’s design. Bees and bats pollinate trees and plants, predators control prey, and trees control flooding and moderate our climate. 

Our exclusive interactive map provides videos, photos, and other interesting facts about some of the unique species living on our planet.  

OPL Wildlife Crossings Map

Wildlife Crossings Around the World

Animals are losing access to large parts of their living space, and their migratory patterns are in jeopardy. Without sufficiently-connected habitats, wildife may struggle to find food or mates, placing the species in peril. The good news is efforts have been made to create special-purpose natural wildlife bridges to reconnect natural habitats

Explore our interactive map to virtually discover wildlife bridges and green crossings across the globe.


One Planet Life values reputable data and analytics to help us better understand our world and our place in it.  We invite you to explore these additional resources and learn more about the planet we call home.

Global Forest Watch

Interested in learning where forests are and how they are changing around the world?  Check out Global Forest Watch (GFW), which is a near real-time platform that provides data and tools for monitoring forests globally. Keep track of changes to forests, land coverage, and land usage, as well as the impact forest coverage has on climate change and biodiversity. Explore their maps and dashboards or download the Forest Watcher app for immediate access anytime.

How Much Water Do You Use Insight

How Much Water Do You Use?

Discover your water footprint!  The Grace Communication Foundation (GRACE) developed this easy to use Water Footprint Calculator.  Quickly calculate your usage of blue water, green water, grey water, and virtual water.  Unseen water usage, or virtual water, is the water it takes to grow our food, make electricity, and manufacture home goods.   

Jump in and see how you can make a difference by reducing your water usage! Even small changes make a big difference.

Water Usage in the US

Water Usage in the United States

The United States has large variances of water withdrawal between its states.  This variance can depend on a range of factors, including latitude, climate, and the importance of a region’s agricultural or industrial sector.  

On the state level, more than 50% of total withdrawals in the U.S were attributed to 12 states: California, Texas, Idaho, Florida, Arkansas, New York, Illinois, Colorado, North Carolina, Michigan, Montana, and Nebraska.  

Explore the United States’ Geological Survey (USGS) maps for detailed information about water data in your area.

Water Usage Around the World Map

Water Usage Around the World

Water usage varies significantly around the world. The United States is one of the greatest water users per capita in the world, with the average American using about 1,500 cubic meters per year. 

Delve deeper into global water usage data, provided by OurWorldinData

Where is your favorite shark?

Shark Finder

OCEARCH’s mission is to accelerate the ocean’s return to balance and abundance. They use a data-centric approach to track sharks and other large sea life to help scientists collect previously unattainable data in the ocean. You can also learn from this science and follow your favorite shark, sea turtle, etc. Get started on their website below or download their app.

Download the OCEARCH app. It is a free and easy way to stay up to date on all the exciting science at OCEARCH.  Track your favorite sharks in real-near time on any of your mobile devices.

Farmers Markets

USDA's Local Food Directories

Local food is tastier and more nutritious than grocery store produce.  Support your local farmers and establish a deeper connection to your community by shopping local. Use the USDA’s local food directories to find farmers’ markets, CSAs, and agritourism in your area.

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