What is Sustainability?

What is Sustainability?
Well, it’s in the name! Sustainability is the ability for something to sustain itself over time, to provide what is necessary for its continued existence. For example, if we are to remain a sustainable society, it would mean we are maintaining our current status, our current economic and social levels.

 

When it comes to the environment, we are asking how we can maintain a healthy environment with our continuing human activity? Emissions projections U.S. Energy Information Administration predict that we will likely continue to pollute at an exponentially increasing rate as the years go on. Perhaps this ever-growing use of resources is necessary to sustaining our current statuses, especially with our expanding populous and great technological advancements. One thing is for sure though, and that is that this way of life is certainly not conducive to maintaining the health of our surrounding environment. Thus, a sustainable lifestyle is one in which we maintain a steady impact on the environment, an impact small enough to allow both humans and nature to thrive into the future. Here are some ways you can work towards greener living: Student’s Corner.

 

Written by: Teddi Shapiro, Class of 2019

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3 Replies to “What is Sustainability?”

  1. I like that- a lifestyle that allows humans and nature to both thrive and co-exist. But, the big question is how to do this in a consumer culture that seems to want more, more, more? I feel like I can make sustainable choices in my own life (driving less, going vegan, buying fewer things, etc.) but it’s overwhelming to think of an entire country or world doing it.

  2. Hello! You might want to know that there are mistakes in this article. For instance, it states that from the graph cited ” predict that we will likely continue to pollute at an exponentially increasing rate as the years go on”. Please have a look at this graph again, it is totally not showing what you have said. Emissions are mostly going to fall under those scenarios and definitely not EXPONENTIALLY increase.

  3. 1. Is the following a statement, or a question “When it comes to the environment, we are asking how we can maintain a healthy environment with our continuing human activity?”

    2. The following statement you make is incorrect “Emissions projections U.S. Energy Information Administration predict that we will likely continue to pollute at an exponentially increasing rate as the years go on.” When I clicked through to the U.S. EIA link you provided, I came to a chart. According to the most recent estimate depicted (2013), the forecast percentage changes in CO2 emissions since 2005 are NEGATIVE through 2040.

    This reflects anticipated continual annual percentage REDUCTIONS in CO2 emissions relative to the 2005 baseline.

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