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Environmental Sustainability; How To PLay Your Part

What is environmental sustainability?

Concern for the environment has long been a topic of much discussion with little action in all honesty. There have been a number of steps agreed upon and what not by major global superpowers but many of them are yet to make good on their word which they agreed on years ago.

That being said, it is then important that the effort toward realizing a sustainable environment begins at the individual level. More education and information on this topic need to be availed to the population in order to ensure that this important matter doesn’t only remain a discussion.

Environmental sustainability is a term with its roots in ecology. It has a number of definitions, but all subtly boil down to the same point; it is the ability to cater for the current global ecological needs without disrupting and compromising the ability of the coming generations to do so in their time. It all basically means we shouldn’t destroy our beautiful planet and leave our future progeny nothing but a damaged environment riddled with deserts and all sorts of other problems.

It may sound a tad rash but it is reality. The rate at which resources are being depleted as well as the alarming rate of damage to the environment all leads to this conclusion unless we take the proper steps to stop and mitigate these problems and eventually hope to put an end to them.

Steps we can take towards achieving environmental sustainability

In the quest to educate the general population on ways to help achieve this goal, here are some things we as individuals should strive to do:

I.    Growing your own food  

To some this may sound like a ludicrous idea, but for some countries, this idea has caught on rather fast. In a scheme called communal gardening, members of a community all chip in to grow the food they need and share it appropriately. This cuts out the need for processed foods or packaged foods that on a global scale directly produce millions of metric tons in wasted food. They do so because of over production as well as the ‘strict’ regulations on what vegetable and other produce to put on sale based solely on their looks. The ‘unattractive’ bunch are all but wasted.

II.    The 3 Rs

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; that’s what this is all about. It is important to check on your need for new products since more means more waste for the environment. Re-using means the creation of waste is kept to a bare minimum and the last R, recycling means that the waste doesn’t go on to directly pollute and impact the wellness of the environment since it allows the waste to be reprocessed and made usable again effectively almost entirely cutting out pollution.

III.    Employing the habit of consuming sparingly

Consuming sparingly doesn’t mean you consume a little. It just goes to imply that you should use or consume just as much as you need to without waste. Take water for instance, it is a precious resource that shouldn’t be wasted and the efficient use of it can be a great step towards achieving a good sustainable environment.

IV.    Adopting the use of alternative Fuels

This is one of the biggest points towards achieving a sustainable environment. cleaner fuel alternatives have become more accessible but their absorption rates still remain low. A more aggressive awareness campaign should be undertaken to help drive this point home.

V.    Minimizing your carbon foot print

The production of green-house gases directly impacts the environment in severe ways most notably with the damage to the ozone layer and effectively leading to disastrous climate changes.

Here are a few ways to achieve this point:
-    Switching to energy saving light sources around the house.
-    Adopting the use of solar as a means of energy supply.
-    Fitting your vehicle with a clean fuel consumption system.
-    Opting for public transport or walking or cycling to get around instead of always driving. This lowers the emissions produced.

VI.    Getting rid of plastic

Plastics, polythene bags and the likes are all non-biodegradable items. This means when they are laid to waste on the ground, they don’t decompose and remain as they are. This has been a significant problem and over the years has been reported to directly impact wildlife in natural habitats around the world. They have been seen to choke some birds, stack up inside sea animals, eventually leading to their premature deaths. It’s time to stop these atrocities and take action.

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