Making Green Living Logical
“Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology, the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. For humans, sustainability is the potential for long-term maintenance of well-being, which has environmental, economic, and social dimensions.”
Sustainability is living in a way that does not put a heavy demand on the environment and resources. Unsustainable activities and lifestyles may negatively impact, or even jeopardize, future activities and lifestyles. Sustainability can be achieved through management of consumption and waste. Remember, waste is an entirely human concept; waste does not exist in nature.
Sustainability is where all aspects of Living Eco-Logically come together. While the individual parts of Living Eco-Logically may have both short and long term payoffs, the big payoff is in sustainability, and the benefit to future generations.
Thinking about the fact that what we do today may affect future generations, some of the everyday choices become a little easier to make. While we may personally be able to afford the current economic costs of our lifestyles, we also need to consider the long-term environmental costs to future generations. One example is taking the long-term effects of fossil fuels into consideration. When doing so, the investments in renewable energy make a lot more sense than continuing down the path of using relatively cheap and dirty fossil fuels.
Living a more sustainable lifestyle is relatively easy when you break it down. Some things to consider are:
- Reducing your
- items whenever possible
- what cannot be reused
- Properly dispose of and
- Use sustainable and techniques
- whenever possible
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