Why sustainability?

Sustainability focuses on meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. The concept of sustainability is composed of three pillars: economic, environmental, and social—also known informally as profits, planet, and people.

When I talk about sustainability, I mean environmental sustainability. My research focuses on pro-environmental behaviour, so I am interested how people develop environmentally friendly attitudes and behaviour, what contributes to this process, and how can we live in harmony with nature (again).

So why sustainability?

Environmental issues, resulting from global warming, have made care for the environment an increasingly urgent matter. The careless usage of limited and valuable resources such as water, fossil fuels and forests, as well as the pollution of air, water and soil, has led us to a situation where we are at a tipping point and in need of an urgent change in attitudes and behaviour towards the environment.

If we all start and continue to do our bits to live a more environmentally friendly lifestyle, we can help the earth to recover and save humanities existence.

Living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle means to consume without sacrificing the health of our planet, and to take steps to help the earth to recover. I am talking about “a more environmentally friendly lifestyle” because I know how difficult it can be to break routines, change habits, and adjust to new circumstances. So, making little steps into this direction, and doing the bits we can is already a substantial progress. If everyone is doing a bit, we are altogether doing a lot. On my blog, I will explain what exactly can be done. I will also explain what, for example, the carbon footprint is, why it is important to reduce our carbon footprint, and what else a more environmentally friendly lifestyle includes.

Taking steps follows the 7 Rs of Sustainability: Rethink, Refuse, Reduce, Repurpose, Reuse, Recycle, Rot. To every of these categories, I will post what it means, and can be done.

Regarding the fact that you read my blog, I assume you are interested in living environmentally friendly and/or you already do your bit, but of course we have to consider that everything that seems “green” is good for our planet. It is a big argument that helping the earth to recover will save humanities existence, but what else is a good argument for sustainability? And which steps are questionable, doubtful, or even pointless? Are there any?

And as a researcher I will be critical and scrutinize everything I am writing about.

Photos for this post are by Akil MazumderChris LeBoutillier, Markus Spiske, Anna Shvets and Alexas Fotos from Pexels

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