Developing a Lifestyle of Sustainable Practices
Sustainable action does not necessarily have to come as a big innovation in science, automobiles, or engineering. Even little actions count when everybody does something. Sustainable actions can form part of our daily goals, values and lifestyles as individuals, organizations and governments. However, it’s not limited to governments or international organizations like we always think. Everyone needs to be involved, and it starts with you. Now, you might say it’s impossible or unrealistic for one person to bring an end to environmental issues or stop climate change, but our collective action can result in significant impact. Below are some of the actions we can incorporate into our lifestyle to facilitate environmental sustainability.
Reuse water bottles, grocery bags and plates. Use handkerchiefs instead of paper towels. Create a food garden in your backyard. Conserve water, energy and food. Use renewable energy such as rechargeable batteries, solar and LED lights and inverters. Reduce water wastage when you wash and bathe. Vote for the right policies, and sentiments. Do not keep water running when brushing or washing; turn off the tap and only turn it back on when needed. Go for environmental-friendly brands. Gift out your used items rather than trashing them. Inform others about sustainable practices.
All these simple acts can go a long way in facilitating environmental sustainability. We cannot overemphasize the need for educating the global population on sustainable practices. A good way to make this knowledge widespread is to include environmental sustainability in academic curriculum for schools. By doing this students begin to internalize these practices, thereby promoting a strong culture of sustainable practices.
-Ayotunde Fasanmi (United People Global Sutainable Leader)