Introduction and background
The United Nations (UN) defines sustainability simply as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Environmental sustainability is the ability to maintain an ecological balance in our planet’s natural environment and conserve natural resources to support the wellbeing of current and future generations.
The consequences of climate change have become increasingly apparent almost everywhere on our planet. Rising global temperatures, extreme droughts, tropical storms, destructive wildfires, and devastating floods concern us all.
Environmental sustainability isn’t just good only for the natural environment, but also gives business the chance to corporate with social responsibility.
In order to decarbonize our planet and conserve natural resources, to support the health and wellbeing of future generations, we can follow 6 ways to reduce our footprint as individuals, families, schools, organizations, cities:
1. Switch to renewable energy.
Renewable energy sources like solar, hydro, geothermal, and wind .
2. Reduce carbon emissions.
Families, governments, and manufacturing could reduce carbon emissions.
3. Conserve water.
Measure, control, reduce water consumption.
4. Commit to a zero-waste future.
Increasing the use of recycled content, reducing the use of non-recycled stuff.
5. Protect ecosystems.
Avoid having an impact on ecosystems and taking steps to help preserve natural resources for a climate-stable future.
6. Advocate for sustainability policies.
Advocating for policies that support the cause.