Who should learn more about sustainability?
Everyone should make an effort to learn more about sustainability because what we do today impacts our own lives, the lives of our offspring and people all over the planet. Some people are just starting to learn about sustainability while others already know a lot. If you are just starting to learn about sustainability, begin with a sustainability topic that interests you. Find an interesting fact or idea about how or why to act more sustainably and share it with friends and acquaintances. If you are already an expert, work on expanding on what you know and sharing what you have learned.
Who benefits from acting sustainably?
Everyone benefits from acting more sustainably because achieving sustainability would lead to a more peaceful and prosperous planet. Some people can benefit by saving money while simultaneously feeling good about their impacts on future generations. Other people can benefit by a healthier lifestyle. Everyone will benefit by reducing conflict over non-renewable resources. But, the appropriate actions that people can take depend on their circumstances.
People who struggle to survive would benefit from opportunities to meet their basic needs in a sustainable manner. Governments and corporations benefit from populations whose basic needs are met in a sustainable manner because it would lead to more political stability and economic growth.
People who are striving to improve their standard of living would benefit from acting sustainably so that they don’t trade short term apparent success for long term financial debt or environmental repercussions.
Those who are lucky enough to be part of the relatively small percentage of the global population living in relative luxury benefit should act sustainably and facilitate sustainable actions by others in order to improve the social, economic and environmental conditions of the planet their children will inherit.
Who are some of the key people in the sustainability movement?
There are many people who have been instrumental in the sustainability movement. Some people are well known environmentalists like John Muir, Rachel Carson and Jane Goodall. Elizabeth Kolbert, in the The Sixth Extinction presents evidence about recent environmental impacts that support the case for people to act with haste to limit damage from human actions.
Other people are leaders in climate issues, food security, social justice, and specific categories such as buildings, transportation, energy, fisheries, forestry, agriculture, packaging, medicine and businesses. There are countless people who have worked or are currently working on sustainability in every field in both private industry and government around the world. It would be impossible to even list all of the major leaders. We Make HASTE will work on expanding references to leaders in sustainability in the future.
Leaders in climate science and promoters of action to limit climate change include James Hansen, Katharine Hayhoe and Al Gore.
Vandana Shiva is a prominent figure in food security. The advisory board of foodtank (https://foodtank.com/advisory-board) includes many leaders in the food movement.
The U.S. Green Building Council promotes and provides guidance for sustainable buildings globally. A list of people who promote and teach sustainable building practices can be found at: U.S. Green Building Council
William R. Black wrote a book on sustainable transportation.
Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize winning physicist, is a leader in promoting the use of science and technology to guide public policy to provide clean energy solutions.
Who is taking action to live more sustainably?
Cities like Philadelphia, PA; Baltimore, MD; and Bloomington, IN have kicked off sustainability initiatives. These initiatives include driving toward low carbon and healthy transportation metodologies, leading the cities toward waste reduction by signifiant amounts, and others. You can find this and other cities working toawrd sustainability at https://reporting.starcommunities.org/.
Homeowners are striving toward sustainability not only through using greener energy like solar and geo thermal, but also by pushing builders to think more green. Water usage and HVAC systems are being sized more accurately and appropriately. Greener products are being used and the warranties are usually longer. Some townships are requiring better rain water management such as rain water collection property.
People are also switching to a more sustainabie diet. These are diets which have a signifcantly lower carbon footprint than typical diets. Some types of these diets are Vegetarian, Vegan, Mediteranian, or Nordic.
Who are some prominent authors who have written books on sustainability?
Some prominent authors who have written books on sustainability include, but are not limited to:
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Who can you inspire to be more sustainability-concious?
Sustainable lifestyles can seem either like a lost art, or something one can only bother with when everything else in life has been sorted out. But that’s not true at all. Everyone needs to participate in order to make a community truly sustainable. A little effort by each individual can add up to great improvements for everyone.
Inspire your parents and children by setting an example of regularly thinking about and talking about sustainability. Inspire your neighbors by acting responsibly for the benefit of everyone, and not just for the convenience of your own family. Inspire policy makers by talking to them, and by showing through your actions that sustainability matters — participate in this cultural shift. Everyone can use a little more awareness, examples to follow, and some friendly encouragement.