There is currently a widespread discourse around the extent of environmental damage being caused by human activity. Despite unrest and controversy, environmental activists are being heard loud and clear.
It is tempting to block out, and even deny, the negative impact our daily decisions are having on our planet. A common belief is that one, individual action will not be noticeable; this is untrue.
For example, whilst picking up a single-use plastic water bottle from the corner shop is convenient, it contributes to the catastrophic levels of plastic in our oceans and overflowing our landfills.
There are many reasons why we should stop using them altogether. ‘Singe-use’ was even named ‘word of the year’ in 2018, illustrating the growing consciousness around sustainability.
Non-biodegradable plastic remains in our environment forever. So using this type of material to drink daily is unsustainable. Although we cannot yet see the build-up of bottles, this does not mean the impact is invisible.
The ‘out of sight, out of mind’ attitude is preventing people from taking relevant responsibility for their actions. But that is changing, thankfully.
Positive action can be taken in the form of sustainability, but what does this mean? It is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
So, sustainability is important for considering the needs of the future. Rather than having a ‘we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it’ attitude, sustainability encourages conscious efforts to protect the environment now.
The question is: if we carry on living like we do now, what will the consequences be for the planet in years to come? Sustainability is about improving the future that is in store for the environment and its inhabitants.
For example, if we can prevent the problem posed by single-use plastic from spiralling out of control for future generations, then we ought to do that.
So, will you make the sustainable choice and remember your reusable water bottle the next time you leave the house? I sure hope so.
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