Today, more and more people are aware of the fact that how we live puts our planet under pressure, and we are at risk of completely destroying and depleting planet earth. Seas are rising, the air is getting harder and harsher to breathe and we are faced with choices that no generation of our species has ever had to face.
Ultimately the future of our planet and the home of our children and grandchildren is at risk. Hopefully, these facts about sustainable living will help as a guide in directing you towards living a more sustainable life
With only a few years to reverse the damage done to our planet, we have to make some changes to the way we live.
This means recycling as much as we can, reducing our use of single-use plastics, omitting meat from our diets if possible, or better still buying meat from biodiverse farms that use the land to its best capacity and use organic grass-fed practices that are good for the animals, the land and for us living lives that are as sustainable as possible.
What is sustainability?
Sustainability basically means that we are meeting our own needs of the present as humans, but without compromising on future generations’ ability to meet their own needs.
What this means is that we are able to use the earth’s resources, but not to the point where they are depleted, meaning that future generations would not be able to survive or sustain themselves.
Sustainability is composed of three things; environmental, economic, and social sustainability, also known as planet, profits, and people. All life on planet Earth depends on the environment.
We use the resources provided by earth to find food, water, plants, minerals, and sustenance.
We have to interact with this environment in a responsible manner to ensure that there are enough resources for the planet to survive, and for future generations to survive.
Without living sustainably, we will ensure that there is no future for the earth, and no future generations will be able to thrive and survive on our planet.
Sustainability is so vital because it saves the planet from running out of essential resources such as lumber and fossil fuels.
Not only this, but by damaging the earth, we are leaving animals to become extinct, and the atmosphere may become damaged beyond repair.
What is sustainable living?
Sustainable living is a lifestyle that aims to reduce an individual’s or group of individuals’ use of the Earth’s natural resources. Reducing the use of lumber, reducing dependency on fossil fuels, and keeping as many species alive as possible.
Many people choose to live sustainably as it helps to reduce the impact humans have on the environment. But also there is a great desire to protect what we have so that future generations have a diverse and beautiful planet to live on. A sustainable life may well be the only hope for any kind of future for our species. I know it sounds extreme, but that’s because it is!
For instance, some people may choose to use only biodegradable materials, give up their single-use plastic, and adopt vegan lifestyles to prevent further damage to the environment around them. Others’ may choose to eat meat but to buy organic and to buy from biodiverse farms, that use the natural resources we have to their best capacity. It’s down to individual choice, but these are really choices that matter a lot.
For the most part, sustainable living is a philosophy that attempts to reduce the personal and societal impact on the environment, by making positive, helpful changes in people’s lifestyles, to combat climate change and other concerns about the environment.
Facts about sustainable living that we hope will provoke change
- Did you know that nearly 80% of the waste that Americans throw away could have been recycled? It is estimated that in the US, people only recycle about 28% of their garbage.
- Did you know that around 500,000 trees are cut down each week just to produce Sunday newspapers. By recycling your Sunday newspaper, you can save about 75,000 trees alone. Even better, why not start reading your daily news online and go paperless?!
- Humans contribute massively to deforestation. The average American will use up to 650 pounds of paper every single year. If you ensure that all of this paper goes to be recycled, then we could save up to 100 million tons of wood a year.
- Did you know that energy is the number one contributor to climate change, as it is accountable for about 60% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions?
- In order to avoid a climate change disaster, it is estimated that we have to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 50% by the year 2050.
- Did you know that just by leaving your computer monitor or TV on overnight, they can create 9 million tons of carbon dioxide every single year? Just a small change of turning this off before bed can have a huge impact on your carbon footprint.
- On average, Americans use more than 80,000,000,000 aluminum cans for sodas every single year. If one soda can gets recycled, it has enough power and energy to run a TV for 3 hours!
- In a similar way, a tap that is not properly turned off, and leaking just one drip per second will waste about 12,000 liters of water a year, costing you money and wasting the earth’s resources.
- Did you know that even if one single person adopts a vegan lifestyle, they can save 219,000 gallons of water a year!
- An online calculator estimates that if the average person goes vegan for just one month, they can save the lives of nearly 20 animals! If you go vegan for one year, you can save more than 100 animals.
- Did you know that recycling just one ton of paper saves about 17 trees! Think about the impact you can have if you always recycle.
- An energy smart clothes washer is able to save more water in just one year than a person drinks in an entire lifetime.
- Over 100 thousand marine animals die each year from plastic waste alone. If we all stop using plastic, we can save hundreds of marine species from extinction due to plastic ingestion and entanglement.
- On average, a family in the US can use up around 260 gallons of water at home every single day.
- In the US, people use over 2.5 million plastic every 30 minutes. These are mostly thrown away despite being recyclable.
- Did you know that plastic and styrofoam containers can take thousands of years to decompose completely? When they are dumped in a landfill or littered, they kill and contaminate animals, soil and water around them due to harmful chemicals.
With a little more knowledge of how much resources we use up in our daily lives, we hope that you can make a change, and live more sustainably for the sake of our future generations and planet Earth.