Sustainability is defined as the avoidance of the use of natural resources to promote a healthy ecological balance. By using today’s resources in a maintainable way, it preserves these resources for the future.
According to the UN, we have 12 years to limit climate change to avoid earth changing events like extreme heat, floods and poverty. Every day choices can affect the environment, the climate and other species.
• reduce poverty and hunger
• better sanitation and water quality
• promote stronger economies
• diminish climate change and pollution
• maintain a healthy land, air and sea
The first step to becoming sustainable is becoming aware of resource consumption and reducing redundant waste. Changing a wasteful lifestyle to using reusable utensils, reusable straws or properly recycling, are some little ways to improve and keep the earth a healthy place.
• Reduce, reuse, recycle – learning how to properly recycle is a small step to a better future.
• Think before buying; every product bought leaves a footprint.
• Be water smart – use reusable water bottles, and conserve water when possible.
SUSTAINABILITY AT FANSHAWE
Fanshawe is committed to creating a sustainable environment for the community. The sustainability group at Fanshawe comments that “many students don’t realize that small changes to a daily lifestyle can help the planet in a big way.”
Fanshawe puts in effort to alert students on how to recycle, by running events with intent to educate people on transitioning to a sustainable lifestyle. The sustainability group also adds “by doing as little as using reusable straws or not using straws at all, it really helps getting plastic out of the oceans”
There are countless ways to make a change. Making small changes to become more sustainable, is necessary to save the future of the planet.