Updated: Feb 11
Bear with me here for a minute. I started grad school this semester, studying systems leadership in global sustainability, and my brain is overflowing with new information. I just need to do a brain dump! Part of me is so overwhelmed with what needs to be done to create a sustainable environment, one where future generations can thrive. Another part of me is excited at the thought that I can be a part of the solution (however minor that part might be). A big part of me is wondering where my place is going to be. A bigger part of me is wondering if I’m up to the task. YIKES!
Sustainability (as it pertains to the environment and natural resources), as defined by the Cambridge Dictionary, is “the idea that goods and services should be produced in ways that do not use resources that cannot be replaced and that do not damage the environment.” In other words, we need to consume, but not over consume; produce, but not over produce; and be mindful of the resources available.
But there’s a big difference in how a business should develop sustainable growth and how an individual should live sustainably. And since I’m focusing on raising aware kids I’m going to focus on individual sustainability now. I think a good definition for sustainability we can think about at the individual level is "the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level." Since everything we do impacts other people and the environment, what can we do that will make a positive impact?
“We don’t need a handful of people doing zero waste perfectly. We need millions of people doing it imperfectly.” - Anne-Marie Bonneau
I’ve put some thought into steps we, as individuals and families, can take to live a more sustainable life. Simple things we can do that, when put all together, will make a large positive environmental impact. We don’t all need to do them perfectly. But if we all give it a shot we can make a difference!
Let's see if we can make some simple changes that will have a big impact!