What is Sustainability?

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We live in a world of excessive consumption, unnecessary production, that is completely full of man-made waste. Currently we are taking more resources from the earth each year than she is able to reproduce which means that sustainability has never been so important as is it right now.

So what does sustainability really mean?

The dictionary defines sustainability as the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed. In environmental science sustainability refers to the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.

It’s currently estimated that 50,000 different plant and animal species will become extinct in the next decade – the destruction is so relentless that 60,000 plant species could be lost by 2025! Just to put that into perspective for you that is 25% of the worlds total plant life. Just imagine the effect that will have on the individual and interlinking ecosystems around the world. Not to mention the erosion, pollution, lack of food, quality of water… I could go on.

I believe we all have a responsibility to act in a sustainable way – take sustainability into consideration every day of our lives – because it affects our lives in every way – think about it when you eat – when you drink – when you travel to work – when you take a holiday – when you shop… because I know I want future generations to be able to enjoy the beauty of this world – the diversity – the people – even the food and unless we all start to shift towards living more sustainable lifestyles that just isn’t going to be possible.

I’d love to speak with you about sustainability and hear your thoughts – so please leave a comment below or tweet with me @JessicasWander.

Peace and love wanderlusters x

8 thoughts on “What is Sustainability?

    LukeLeSauteur said:
    August 25, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    Reblogged this on Luke LeSauteur.

    パトリック スニーカー said:
    August 26, 2014 at 12:27 am

    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this
    board and I find It really helpful & it helped me out much.
    I’m hoping to offer something back and help others like you aided

    Chris said:
    August 26, 2014 at 12:28 am

    I think you’re going to start spiraling if you let it all get to you too much. I actually feel really confident in the direction things are going. People are starting to get it. Sustainability education is more prevalent. Public and private entities are working to not only be “less bad” but striving to be good and nurturing. Trends in recycling and local food are going mainstream.

    There are a lot of challenges. We’ll fall short at times. But the future is bright because of the efforts of people like you.

      jessica's wanderlust responded:
      August 26, 2014 at 9:36 am

      Thank you Chris,
      I agree that things are getting better – but we still have a long long way to go.
      The more people think about and consider sustainability the better it’ll get!
      Have a wonderful day,
      Jessica x

    SimpleLivingOver50 said:
    August 26, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    If we all lived our lives like everything around us is important we would make the most of what we have and appreciate it instead of throwing it out and purchasing more. I do believe that it all comes down to each and every person and the microcosm they live in. Great post.

      jessica's wanderlust responded:
      August 27, 2014 at 9:12 am

      Thank you so so much – I couldn’t agree more.
      Wishing you a wonderful week. Jessica.

    SimpleLivingOver50 said:
    August 26, 2014 at 12:45 pm

    Reblogged this on Simple Living Over 50 and commented:
    Great post Jessica.

      jessica's wanderlust responded:
      August 27, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Thank you for the reblog – so glad you enjoyed the post.

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