What Is Sustainable Living?
Sustainable living attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources
Ecological or Sustainable living
Sustainable living attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources. Fundamentally it is a lifestyle adopted to reduce our carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption and diet.
Meeting present ecological, societal, and economical needs without compromising these factors for future generations is one concept of sustainable living. Another description is, as four interconnected social domains which include economics, ecology, politics and culture.
The practice and general philosophy of ecological living, living life in balance and respect of our symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles, is interrelated with the principles of sustainable development.
The shift to renewable technologies will only be successful if the results of the new environment has value for a local culture who’s beliefs, values and attitudes can be maintained and adapted as necessary for future generations. The reduction of our “Carbon Footprint” is often the most important aspect of proponents of ecological or sustainable living.
How Do We Reduce Our Carbon Footprint?
Living sustainably is a lifestyle change. Paying attention to what we eat and consume, how we move from place to place and grow our food, as well as what we do with our waste is a conscious learning experience offering opportunities to save money and improve our quality of life.
It is also an experience into a deeper understanding of the concept that sufficient resources must be available for future generations.
Simple changes can be made at no or minimal cost, but it may take some effort to change old habits. The best way to achieve lasting change in your carbon footprint is by taking small steps.
There are numerous ways to reduce our carbon footprint. The following are the easiest to begin implementing.
- Reuse and recycle
- Buy less use less-Buy only what you really need and strive for the minimalist lifestyle. Buy local, in bulk and second hand as well as shop online. These little actions will help to reduce fuel consumption and reduce waste.
- Use less or no plastic.
- Eat less meat- it is much more efficient when land is used to grow vegetables and legumes which produce much more protein than when the same area of land is used to grow beef.
- Use your own reusable shopping bags
- Install energy saving light bulbs
- Upgrade your home insulation
- Install a rain water tank and grey water recycling system
- Make ethical and green investments
- Purchase an energy efficient car
- Walk, ride a bike when practicable or use public transport
- Grow your own produce and compost or use a worm farm
- Consider going solar
- Support local green causes and educate ourselves and others to the benefits of sustainable living
- Build an Earthship -They can be built in any part of the world and still provide electricity, potable water, contained sewage treatment and sustainable food production
- What Are The Benefits Of Living Sustainably?
Sustainable living can increase both the income,health and happiness of a community’s residents
When tied to a community’s vision, sustainable development can successfully resolve many key issues faced by communities today, making it a good business from the social, economic, and environmental perspectives.
There are many benefits of living sustainably from the personal to community perspective, too many to dive into it all here. However I will list a few bullet points.
- Practical solutions to common problems
- Places a high value on quality of life
- Respects the natural environment
- Infuses technology with purpose
- Optimizes key resources
- Maintains scale and capacity
- Adopts a systems approach
- Supports life cycles
- Responsive and proactive
- Values diversity
- Preserves heritage
Goals that are rooted in a deep respect and understanding for both the natural environment and human nature, that use technology in an appropriate way to serve both man and nature. These are the characteristics that sustainable living is built upon, and without this important principle failure is certain.
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If you are interested in learning more about sustainable living, I highly recommend a book that I have read and keep as reference by John Seymour. See my review on “The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It”
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To your sustainable health,