What is Sustainability?

By Definition

I think the best way to understand sustainability is by breaking down what it means. 

The first part – sustain – means to keep up or prolong. Ability is the physical, mental, or legal power to do something. When we put it together, sustainability is a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged. 

In layman’s terms, it’s the implementation of practices that can be constant and long term. 

Sustainability for Earth

The term sustainability is most often associated with ecology and natural resources. In order to keep the Earth well and thriving for future generations, we need to be more conscious of our use of resources and consumer decisions.

Globally, we need to implement positive changes to our environmental, social, and economic systems to promote its present and future well-being. 

Sustainability in Practice

I want to revisit the meaning of sustainability and emphasize that it’s meant to be long term. I think people see all the possible changes you can make to live a more eco-conscious life and think there’s no way they could ever just go all in like that. 

But you don’t have to, and frankly, you shouldn’t. 

The decision to start living a more sustainable life is simply that – it’s making choices that become a long lasting habit. 

The most effective way to create any new habit is to take baby steps. You should also go in with a plan, hold yourself accountable, understand why you’re doing it, and of course, allow yourself to be imperfect. 

Remember that even a simple change is a step in the right direction.

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