How many times have you seen environmentalists advocating movements such as “Only use reusable cups! Do not use takeaway cups;” or “Buy energy-efficient items”. Obviously, what they are promoting is known as “sustainable living.” I’ll define it along the lines of Wikipedia:
“Sustainable living means a lifestyle attempting to reduce an individual or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of this kind of living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering their methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet. Its proponents aim to conduct their lives in ways that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance, and respectful of humanity’s symbiotic relationship with the Earth’s natural ecology and cycles. The practice and general philosophy of ecological living are highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development.”
In order to live sustainably, you must make sacrifices
As the meaning implies, in order to achieve a sustainable lifestyle, you must give up some daily practices that you have self-implemented in your lifestyle. In other words, in order to live sustainably, you must make sacrifices. It also necessitates a lifelong commitment to such a demanding, yet extremely rewarding, way of life. And it doesn’t stop once you’ve learned it; there’s always something new to learn. You should always investigate and experiment with more environmentally friendly practices.
How can you live sustainably?
First and foremost, before attempting to persuade others to do the same, you should consider incorporating them into your own lifestyle.
1.Even something as simple as riding a bicycle qualifies.
Cycling and walking benefit the community in numerous ways. First and foremost, it reduces air pollution. When cars are used, they emit a lot of smoke. And, when a large number of cars emit smoke at the same time, you guessed it: air pollution worsens.
It also clears out traffic, which is becoming a major issue around the world. Furthermore, biking and walking keep us healthy. Walking or biking to work gives us the exercise we need to keep our bodies strong and fit.
2. “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle”
Essentially, this means that you should avoid purchasing new products as soon as possible; instead, buy only what you require. You can also choose to buy recycled products rather than products made from virgin materials.
Everything that is reusable should be reused. Do not toss out items that you have already used. Do not, for example, throw away used dish soap; instead, use dish soap water to clean your car. Finally, you should recycle everything that is recyclable. If you are unsure whether an item is recyclable, always contact your local council.
3. Save energy
You can do it just as easily as the first two I mentioned. If you are not using an appliance, do not leave it open or running; unplug all unused devices.
Remember that taking small steps toward a more sustainable lifestyle is acceptable.
You don’t have to drastically alter your lifestyle; after all, you can do so gradually but steadily. You are not only disciplining yourself, but you are also helping to sustain the Earth.