1.2 Learning and Application Everybody somehow have an idea about sustainability but a few people knows the true meaning of sustainability. Sustainability is designing and living with considering the nature. Reducing the waste and using natural sources for energy consuming; between design approach it has economic and social dimensions. It is mostly confused with green design or eco-design but sustainability is not just something about architecture or design; it is also about life style and habits. Sustainability includes this two principles but it has a social dimension too.
Sustainability Through Environmental Studies, I’ve learned to acknowledge that the meaning of sustainability is the process of balancing and maintaining one’s well-being in a way that preserves the lifespan of our planet, Earth. Humankind has a tendency to be arrogant and greedy, abusing excessive amounts of our natural resources to use in ways that are not necessary, instead of just using what we need in order to survive. That’s where the idea of sustainability comes to mind. With the idea of trying not abuse and destroy our planet , there are many different ways people can learn to live a sustainable life on a personal, local, and on a global level. There are many ways that an individual can improve their sustainability on a personal level.
Sustainable development, by definition, is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. As for sustainability in terms of sociology of the environment I will continue the pattern of definitions, to explain what many believe as the goal. An environmentally sustainable society is one that ensures the health and vitality of human life and culture for present and future generations. This society acts to stop the activities that serve to destroy human life and culture and to encourage those activities that serve to conserve what exists, restore what has been damaged and prevent any future harm. (S. Viederman, New York) The more society learns to sustain, the better.
JEBET KIPLAGAT ID NO. 268341 SUSTAINABITY AND NATURAL RESOURCES MARIA ÅKERMAN QUESTION: WHAT ARE THE MAIN THEORIES AND DEBATES ABOUT “SUSTAINABILITY” WHAT WOULD A SUSTAINABLE SOCIETY LOOK LIKE? Introduction Sustainability was first introduced in the UN document “Our Common Future”, it has since gathered a huge debate on its true definition which seems to escape many, but however it has a broad known meaning. Sustainability is the promotion of human wellbeing while simultaneously conserving the environment. I have come to understand sustainability as using today’s resources in a manner that will ensure that our future generations also get to use the same resources, we have to be very keen in the usage of the resources so as to ensure they are not depleted.
Sustainable development occurs when a society is able to provide all its needs not only for the present but also for its future. It advocates people make an effort which doesn’t only concern for the present but also for the future. Sustainable development doesn’t only include stability on people’s basic needs such as food, water, shelter, etc. but also sustainability in economic growth, eradicating inequalities, social development and such. A society is said to be environmentally sustainable if it’s able to satisfy the basic needs of its people while not compromising its resources which are supposed to be reserved for future needs.
0 INTRODUCTION 2 GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES 3 Bibliography 6 INTRODUCTION A plan of sustainable living is a lifestyle to conserve energy resources, moreover earth’s natural resources. We all know that impacts of Global warming, climate change is adversely affecting our ecosystem. The ecosystem is a community of living organisms that live while interacting with the non-living environment. Hence this report will contain the negative and positive prospects of a less conservative lifestyle. The issues in the topic are environmental degradation and how to put a stop to it.
This is used as a way to gauge the success of a developmental task. It stresses the fact that is critical that there must be equal attention given to each approach, because if not, a collapse would occur. Figure 1: Venn diagram of sustainable development (Rogers et al., 2007:44) 2.2 Sustainability Definition 1: “Sustainability is the "long-term, cultural, economic and environmental health and vitality" with emphasis on long-term, "together with the importance of linking our social, financial, and environmental well-being" [http://www.sustainablemeasures.com/node/36 Date accessed: 03/03/2015]. Definition 2: "Sustainability encompasses the simple principle of taking from the earth only what it can provide indefinitely, thus leaving future generations no less than we have access to ourselves." [http://www.sustainablemeasures.com/node/36 Date accessed: 03/03/2015].
Environmental sustainability seeks to explain the ways in which exploitation and utilisation of the natural resources will not be made to negatively affect the environment or the health of human beings (Kahn 1995). Environmental sustainability considers the ways through which resources will not be used up faster than they are being replenished, and the transition toward low carbon emissions despite the increasing population. Figure 3.1: The Three Pillars of Sustainable Development Source: Kahn (1995) The theoretical framework used by Kahn explains the need to integrate and appropriately co-ordinate the economic, social and environmental units of a country to achieve sustained social and economic development. In other words, to realise qualitative growth rather than
It is through the awareness of sustainable consumption and its importance to protecting the environment that one is knowledgeable of this and so makes changes to their way of living. For example organisations set up energy budgets and completions in an effort to encourage society into sustainable consumption. Households are also more aware of the amount of energy being used and so manage this by