The Impact Of Sustainable Consumption On The Environment

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In recent years, household consumption in developed countries has been taught to be a key contributing factor to global problems such as climate change, depletion of energy resources and biodiversity loss. Household consumption can be defined as the consumption of goods and services by households including the selection, purchase, use, maintenance, repair and disposal of any product or service OECD (2002). As society have become more aware of household consumption and the problems that occur as a result, Sustainable Consumption has attracted much attention and has become of great importance to society. Sustainable Consumption can be defined as attempts to reduce negative environmental and social impacts of consumption by consuming less or differently and increasing ‘alternative’ consumption (e.g. fair trade) Hinton and Goodman (2011). Jackson (2008) describes it as living well, within certain limits. This essay will discuss how ‘Sustainable ‘Consumption’ can have a huge impact on society and the environment. This can be seen throughout the essay by looking at the causes and effects of environmental problems in Ireland and throughout the world and how sustainable development can contribute to fixing these problems. Industrialisation and modernisation have made a huge impact on the causes and effects of environmental problems on society and the environment. Modern industrial societies see ‘nature’ as something to be controlled, shaped, tamed. ‘Nature’ is something ‘we’ can

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