Sustainability

Environmental sustainability is the rate of renewable resource harvest, and non-renewable resource depletion – that can be continued indefinitely. If these cannot be continued indefinitely then they are not sustainable.

It is a state in which the demands placed on the environment can be met without reducing its capacity to allow all people to live well, now and in the future.

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

In other words, it refers to economic development that meets the needs of all without leaving future generations with fewer natural resources than those we enjoy today.

Sustainable living describes a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and one’s personal resources. It advocates that we attempt to reduce our carbon footprint by altering our methods of transportation, energy consumption, and/or diet.

How can I contribute towards a sustainable environment?

There are many, many small things each of us can do to contribute to sustaining our planet.

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Here are our Top 5.

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We aren’t suggesting that you give up that steak forever (god forbid!), but red meat is responsible for 10 to 40 times as many greenhouse emissions as common vegetables and grains, so eating less of it means less pressure on the environment.

The methane from cow flatulence (yes, we went there), represents 28% of the methane emissions that we are pushing into the atmosphere. There are some interesting facts / pints of view on this site (we just love the name!)

www.cowspiracy.com

Of course it’s not always practical, but if it is – consider walking to the shop. We have become so reliant on jumping into the car even for short distances and maybe we could consider if we need to take the car each time. Each journey leaves a footprint.

Water is one of the most valuable resources we have our our planet. And it’s running out. The average daily shower is 8 minutes long. The amount of water approximately used in this time is 20 gallons. Could you wash yourself in 5 minutes? Encourage everyone in your house to do the same and that’s a big difference.

The grass and natural hedgerow around your house provides an invaluable habitat for bees and insects. Those dandelions and pink clover flowers? Bees love them. Research finds that only mowing your lawn every two weeks, instead of every week (who has the time?!) increases bee populations by 30 percent. That’s a great excuse to get out of another job – and a result for the bees!

As kids, we were told that turning on a fluorescent light uses more electricity that just leaving it on for 2.5 hours. Turns out, not true! Turn out as many lights as you can, as often as you can. Im personally not a fan of bright lights, so this is easy for me. But maybe think about taking a walk though the house in the evening, turning off as you go. It may soon become a good habit. Try to use lower watt bulbs where you can. 15-watt bulbs reduce energy usage by 80 per cent.

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