This year’s theme is Grow-Conserve (2016/17). As the world’s population continues to increase, so does the tension between our growing needs and what the planet can provide. How can we create a future where both people and nature thrive within their fair share of what’s available while also ensuring there is enough for tomorrow?


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In a world of limited resources, scarcity and waste have become fundamental social, political and environmental issues of our time. In the past 50 years, the world’s demand for natural resources has doubled. If we continue to use resources and generate waste at the current rate, by 2030 we will need the equivalent of two planets. But we only have one. Something needs to change. See the online exhibition.

For the first time in history, over half of the world's population now lives in urban areas. By 2050, when the world's population is expected to reach nine billion, nearly two thirds of people worldwide – six billion people – are expected to live in urban areas. According to a UK Government report, "competition for land, water and energy will intensify while the effects of climate change will become increasingly apparent." Balancing these tensions is critical. See the online exhibition.