Nowadays there is a lot of discussion about sustainability and environmental protection, but what do we mean by these concepts? What can we do to achieve a more sustainable lifestyle? In this article we will find out more about the meaning of environmental sustainability, why it is important and above all we will see some tips that we can implement to contribute to these goals in our daily lives.
We have been talking about sustainability, sustainable development and environmental protection for years now. What has led us to reflect on these issues? Here are some important points to answer this question:
It has now been widely demonstrated that the causes of global warming are due to the release of large quantities of CO2 caused by mankind. There is also a component related to the Earth's natural cycle, but much of it is caused by mankind.
- The use of Non-renewable resources
Non-renewable resources have caused and continue to cause pollution and increased CO2. Moreover, by definition, they will no longer be available one day: they will run out. Not only do these resources pollute the environment, but one day they will no longer exist.
- Industrialisation and the development of large cities Urbanisation has drastically reduced the biodiversity that is crucial to keeping the ecosystems in which we live strong and healthy. All living things in an ecosystem are connected and bound by their own needs, but when species disappear the damage affects everyone. Again, the responsibility for this depletion lies with humans.
For all these reasons and more, the issue of environmental sustainability has entered our homes and national and international political agendas. Let us look in more detail at what is meant by this concept.
What is the meaning of environmental sustainability?
The idea of environmental sustainability is linked to that of environmental protection, but has recently changed profoundly. In particular, while initially the concept focused mainly on ecology, it now has a broader meaning that also includes economic and social dimensions. Ecology used to be seen as a discipline in its own right, but today it also involves economic and not just social aspects.Sustainability is about looking beyond our own backyard and promoting actions that leave a legacy of a better world for future generations.
The future starts with what we do today, not only with the commitment of industries and institutions, but also of each and every one of us.
This is called the 'sustainable development model'. Not just because it is feasible, but because it is an ideal held by all.
Agenda 2030 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
How is humanity responding to environmental issues? It was in 1992 that the first environmentally sustainable policies were defined by the UN, which drafted Agenda 2021. In 2015, the plan was expanded with the 2030 Agenda, which includes 17 sustainable development goals and 169 targets. World summits recognised the link between human well-being, nature and the need to address common issues to preserve them.
The 2030 Agenda as a whole addresses issues such as combating inequality, poverty and promoting new patterns of consumption and production. At the environmental level, the goals are:
- combating climate change;
- sustainable use of land and forests to counter biodiversity loss and desertification;
- protection of seas, oceans and marine resources.
WHAT TO DO EVERY DAY TO BE SUSTAINABLE
In addition to major national and international goals, there are many things we can do in our daily lives to contribute to the conservation of the ecosystem. Having a sustainable lifestyle is a goal we can set ourselves. What can we do to be sustainable?
Here are some examples!
- Reduce plastic consumption
Let's try not to use disposable plates, glasses or bottles; let's use water bottles when we go out; let's buy refillable soaps or detergents to wash clothes or dishes; let's avoid buying bottled water but fill bottles with tap water.
- Reduce energy wastage
Try to keep lights off by using sunlight, keeping windows open and windows clean; use energy-efficient light bulbs; switch off electronic equipment when not in use; unplug appliances.
- Use sustainable household products
More and more sustainable products are becoming available today. We try to do our part with cleaning kits that are designed to be refilled with plastic-free capsules and use biodegradable cloths and sponges. Even the packaging is designed to have a low environmental impact, all in FSC certified recycled paper.
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These are just some of the tips you can implement to achieve a sustainable lifestyle. Every day we can take one more step for mankind and the environment. Let's challenge habits and routines to do good for us, future generations and the ecosystem.