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Living conditions are the physical circumstances in which an individual or community lives, specifically related to shelter and protection from environmental hazards.

Desired Equilibrium

Every individual has adequate shelter and safety relative to the environment they live in and is empowered to responsibly manage the environment within which he or she lives. Governments invest in affordable housing and infrastructure and promote environmental sanitation practices. Companies are held accountable for the environmental impacts of their activities, and reduce pollution from their supply chains.

Ways Skoll social entrepreneurs are addressing the issue:
  • Supporting low-income communities to obtain adequate permanent housing with basic utilities (e.g. water, sanitation, electricity) (Slum Dwellers International, Gawad Kalinga, Saude Crianca)
  • Improving community environmental conditions by reducing waste and pollution (Ciudad Saludable, EcoPeace, Health Care Without Harm, Institute of Public and Environmental Affairs, Slum Dwellers International, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor)
  • Incorporating environmentally friendly design and products into housing developments (Barefoot College, BioRegional, Gawad Kalinga, Proximity Designs)