The concept of sustainability requires the connection of your today actions with those actions that others might need possible for tomorrow.
The Bruntland report compiled as part of the World Commission on Environment and Development defines sustainability as:
“…development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Sustainability vs. Non-sustainability
- Living without waste vs buying single-use products
- Catering for the needs of others vs putting oneself first
- Connecting all that you do with tomorrow vs believing in independent actions
- Reusing resources innovatively vs acting without consideration for tomorrow
- Valuing the natural environment beyond economic and monetary terms vs viewing growth and well-being as intrinsically linked
- Eating nutritious food and experiencing sustained health vs reduced vitality, energy and mood swings
What can you do?
- Shop with a conscious mind.
Do you need it? Will you use it more than once?
- Care for yourself, friends, family, colleagues and those you have never met.
Give a smile, provide a random act of kindness.
- Imagine how you would like to see tomorrow.
Talk about sustainability with those around you.
- Learn open-mindedness.
Teach yourself to assess and re-assess your actions and observe those of others.
Being sustainable shows your understanding of how connected we are!
Diversity in all things builds resilience in the face of change. There is no such thing as a free lunch.
Everyone is reliant upon family, friends, colleagues and people they have never met for food, shelter and services.
Independence occurs only in thought.
Interconnectedness is the reality of our everyday lives.