What is sustainability?
Sustainability is about being able to live within the limits of what the environment can provide, not just for today but for every day in the future without the risk of running out.
Most Australians enjoy a lifestyle that uses lots of energy and water, and that generates a lot of pollution and waste.
Around the world, as countries develop and become wealthier, other people also want to enjoy a similar lifestyle, using more and more energy and water and buying more and more products.
To maintain this level of lifestyle we have to take more and more from the Earth. More coal to generate electricity; more oil to fuel our cars, trucks, ships and planes; and more water for industry, for drinking, cleaning, filling swimming pools and watering gardens.
We also generate pollution and waste that must be stored or treated so that it doesn't cause damage to our environment and to us.
Here are some questions we need to consider in regards to sustainability.
Sustainability is important because all the actions we make today could have an impact on the future. We need to make smart decisions today in order to avoid impacting and limiting the choices of generations to come.
But the good news is that many countries recognise the need to change their heavy reliance on non-renewable energy sources, and are starting to talk about sustainable development. It is becoming widely understood that fossil fuels are limited and that we can’t depend on them forever. To maintain and improve our lifestyles, alternative sources of energy must be found and put into use.
Everyone can contribute to building a sustainable society. You too can be involved by developing habits that reduce, reuse or recycle.
Start by thinking about your family's use of electricity and other natural resources.
You can reduce the use of electricity by:
You can reduce waste and recycle by:
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