What Is Sustainability?
Typically, when you hear the word “sustainability” what comes to mind? The environment? Reduce, reuse, recycle? Tree hugging hippies? Maybe even the color green? You are not wrong to think those things, and they are certainly a part of it. However, sustainability is much more than that.
The literal definition of sustainability is “the ability to exist constantly.” With that definition in mind, what can you apply it to? The company you work for? Your household? The future of our society? The possibilities are endless.
Now that you are thinking about sustainability as a broader topic, what does it mean to you and your personal lifestyle? Are you living the most sustainable lifestyle you can be? What does a “sustainable lifestyle” even mean and how can you continuously work towards one?
That is the purpose of TouchTree: Exploring and encouraging ways of a more sustainable lifestyle. We have these same questions and are working towards a lifestyle with less of an impact to ensure that our environment and society has “the ability to exist constantly.”
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Why Should I Care?
We all need clean water.
We all need access to clean water to survive, but the majority of people are living in areas where climate change has made this difficult. According to World Wildlife Fund (WWF), every 2 out of 3 people globally live in regions of severe water scarcity. Changes in global temperatures disrupt the water cycle causing extreme droughts and flooding in areas all over the world. This was evident with the devastating bushfires in Australia that occurred in 2019. These fires destroyed over 8,000 buildings and killed millions of animals including humans.
We all need clean air to breathe.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. We all deserve to breathe clean air, but many human activities compromise global air quality. Air pollution has been linked to diseases such as asthma, heart, and lung disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that 4.6 million people die each year due to air pollution.
We all need coffee, right?
So, this might not be as essential as clean water and air (well.. it might be for some), but coffee production has already seen the impacts of climate change. Changing seasonal temperatures has greatly impacted the ability to continue growing coffee in historic places. This means that coffee producers will need to expand into other areas that could contribute to deforestation. Also, this would impact our ability to purchase coffee and could drive the prices up.
We owe it to our future generation.
Climate change is real, and it is no longer a distant thought for the future. It is happening right now, and billions of people and animals are suffering the consequences. The planet did not get to where it is today by one person or by overnight. It will take all of us to collectively rethink our everyday lifestyles and make consistent changes to reduce our impact.
How Do I Get Started?
I will be coming out with more articles as I continue my exploring more ways to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. For now, make sure you check out my article “Journey Towards Adopting A Sustainable Lifestyle” where I discuss some of my personal reasons and focus areas.
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