The main theme of sustainability is interconnectedness. Sustainability exists at the intersection of society, the environment, and the economy. The health of the economy is reliant on the success of society, and the health of society is reliant on the success of our environment.
Rather than perfection or shame, living sustainably is based on making decisions that preserve natural ecosystems we rely on. Environmental justice is the pursuit of “just” sustainability: “The need to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.” (Dr. Julian Agyeman)
With a little life cycle thinking, you can make decisions to mitigate your environmental impact. The next time you are considering a purchase, ask yourself:
- What materials is the product made of?
- Where did those materials come from?
- How was the product produced?
- How will it be used and for how long?
- How will it eventually be disposed?
A little change goes a long way. From the food we eat to the cars we drive, we make choices every day that impact our habitat, climate, and fellow species, and the consequences can be irreversible. Check out our list of small changes you can make to contribute to positive change.