Small Things Add Up
Formally, environmental sustainability is defined as the avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance. But what does that mean? What aspects are involved in sustainability? How intensive of a change do we need to make in our everyday lives to maintain an “ecological balance”?
I like to less formally define it as making small, earth conscious changes that make an impact on the overall well being of our lovely planet.
Environmental sustainability covers the:
Reduction of using waste, water, and energy
Protection of biodiversity
Reduction of pollution
Minimization of personal emissions
And so much more
This can entail how durable or toxic the items your buy are, how you can reuse items you already have for a new purpose, how to recycle items, how to eat to create the less emissions, and on and on.
But, before you get overwhelmed, you get to decide the intensity of your sustainable living.
You don’t have to go vegan, zero waste or spend a bunch of money to get started. You get to decide what you want to do. You get to make your own personal goals.
I still eat out sometimes. I still eat some meat. I still buy some packaged products. But I am making many small decisions everyday to make a bigger impact in the end.
Some measures I take to live consciously are asking for no straws when I go to a restaurant, only eating meat when served to me by others, carrying reusable bags when I go shopping, turning off faucets and lights when not in use, and buying some food in bulk. All of these changes add up, day after day, week after week. I am taking it slow and enjoy the ride.
Living an environmentally sustainable life does not need to be an overwhelming task. You can set your parameters and feel good about every small decision you make. A good place to start is simply being conscious of the waste you are creating and you will start to naturally minimize it. You will find the areas of improvement and the areas of your natural success. Keep up the good work and explore on.
“The environment is where we all meet; where we all have a mutual interest; it is the one thing all of us share.” - Lady Bird Johnson