Sustainability – The Simple How and Why

Sustainability is a familiar term to most people and in its simplest form it is the avoidance of depletion of a certain resource be it energy, water, green spaces, forestry – so that we might meet today needs while at the same time making sure that future generations will be able to do the same.

Sustainability is a responsibility towards all aspects that concern the environment, financial responsibility and social responsibility. And, the pivotal point for set-off is being aware – awareness is the key to beginning to take an active part. It is our choice whether we choose to care for what we have or not.

Most of the time the two words – Sustainability and Going Green – are either confused with each other or used interchangeably. Sustainability is a broader term and is more about the goals that need to be met over the near and far futures. As for Going Green it is about the daily issues that we deal with and how to make choices that are safer, healthier, environment-friendly, economical – up to and including the cleaning products to use.

Basically, the two terms go hand in hand, Going Green makes a project, a building, an operation more sustainable.

As such sustainability is a journey not a destination or a onetime act that we do and, in an effort, to do that steps are not just taken but documented to ensure that each one is a step in the right direction.

Persistence, resilience, and a given set of goals are the aims of sustainability and in no way is it the effort of one person or group of persons. Some of these goals are:

Sustainability - explained graphically

Sustainability – explained graphically

  • Healthy ecosystems and environments necessary for the survival of man and other organisms.
  • Reducing negative human impact by using environmentally-friendly chemical engineering, environmental protection, and environmental resources management.
  • Garner information from green computing, green chemistry, conservation biology, and more.
  • National and international laws that will implement urban planning, transport, individual lifestyles, ethical consumerism – is a social challenge.
  • Living a more sustainable life in the form of ecovillages, sustainable cities, green buildings, and more.
  • Using science for the development of new technologies – green technologies, renewable energy and sustainable fission as well as fusion power.
  • Workplaces should be adjusted as sustainable architecture as well as practices.
  • Designing systems in a flexible and reversible manner while adjusting individual lifestyles that conserve natural resources.

Those are the generalized goals, but on a more personal level:

  • Improving standards of education and healthcare.
  • Water quality and better sanitation – techniques and habits.
  • End of poverty and hunger – with a look at what is presently the case in underdeveloped countries.
  • Sustainable economic growth – more jobs and better economies.
  • Tackling climate change and implementing factors that will help improve – limiting pollution, and other environmental factors.
  • Gender
  • Maternal death and child mortality.
  • The health of the land, sea, air – with creatures involved.
  • A hands-on approach to extinction.

Simply put, we need to discuss poverty – with a focus on highly afflicted countries, food, health, education, women, water, energy, habitation, economy, consumption, fossil fuels, and more – each will be discussed separately. Some of these are discussed in different categories @  such as women, pollution, extinction.

It is not clear what the future will b like or if these measures will be successfully implemented but it is vital that action is taken since resources are running low and at the same time problems are escalating to monumental proportions.



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