Green, Eco-friendly, Earth friendly, Zero Waste, Minimalism, Natural, Organic are some of the words that have been associated with Sustainability. But what is sustainability?
The Cambridge dictionary defines sustainability as the quality of being able to continue over a period of time; the quality of causing little or no damage to the environment and therefore able to continue for a long time.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sustainability as a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged; a lifestyle involving the use of sustainable methods.
According to EPA Sustainability “is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. To pursue sustainability is to create and maintain the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony to support present and future generations.”
The UN World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainability as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Economical, Social and Environmental considerations have been identified as the pillars of sustainability. The sustainability of our civilization and our planet are interlaced through these factors. When addressing sustainability concerns all of these areas need to be taken into consideration in order to reach true sustainability.
Sustainability is a multidimensional and complex concept. I believe that sustainability is a way of managing our resources in a responsible way. It involves thinking about the impact our actions have towards the environment and implementing ways to reduce these impacts.
What does Sustainability means to you?