Why is sustainability important?
Sustainability is important in order to make it so that current and future generations have the resources that they need. An increasing number of people will lack access to adequate clean water and sufficient food if people don’t act sustainably. The human and financial costs of disasters such as wildfires and flooding will continue to increase if we don’t act sustainably. Sustainability across the board (economic, social, environmental) can result in higher standards of living and better lives. Failure to act sustainably will lead to increased suffering.
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What is Sustainability, and Why is it Important?
Why is it important to start taking more action now?
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Why is it important to reduce the amount of fossil fuels we use?
Each gallon of gas (or equivalent amount of other fossil fuel) that we burn emits 20 pounds of carbon dioxide. This adds to the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and increases the acidity of the oceans. The cumulative effects of carbon dioxide emissions are negatively impacting our planet and people’s lives.
The population of the planet is currently increasing. So, even if we keep using the same average amount of fossil fuel per person, total emissions would go up. As people attain higher standards of living and greater mobility, there is a tendency for individuals to use more fossil fuel. These factors are compounding the challenge to reduce emissions.
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Why is environmental justice necessary to achieve sustainability?
Environmental justice is necessary for sustainability because of a multitude of reasons. To achieve sustainability, we must act in ways that are both socially and economically sustainable, and this involves the equitable treatment of all people. It is unsustainable to destroy the land and cultures of native people, even disregarding that when such land is destroyed it is frequently done in order to create energy in an unsustainable manner that pollutes the environment, waterways, and air. Sustainable infrastructure depends upon understanding the complexities of social history and culture, and taking them into account in the engineering and design of facilities for production of products, services, or energy. As we move forward into what must be a sustainable society for our survival as a species, we’re therefore required to take environmental justice into account. Every culture and society brings to the table a different perspective and each should be considered and respected in and equitable manner. At We Make HASTE, we invite you to enter the conversation about sustainability, and ask that as you do so, you keep all cultures and societies in mind. Understanding differences and accounting for them in the sustainable society we’re trying to create will be vital to our success.
Why should people limit their consumption of meat?
One of the least expensive and easiest ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to reduce or eliminate your consumption of meat. Animal products of all types have high carbon footprints, as well as contributing to unsustainable land use and a high demand for water. Thirty percent of the planet’s land surface is dedicated to raising livestock. This is much more land than would be needed to feed everyone on a vegan diet. For example, “without meat and dairy consumption, global farmland use could be reduced by more than 75% – an area equivalent to the U.S., China, the European Union and Australia combined – and still feed the world.”
As for greenhouse gases, animal agriculture accounts for up to half of human’s emissions. Meat, cheese, and eggs have the highest carbon footprint of any food that humans eat. Here’s a breakdown: for every kilogram (2.2 pounds) of beef produced, the emissions are equivalent to driving 63 miles; for every kilogram of cheese produced the emissions are the same as driving 31 miles. In comparison, a kilogram of vegtables averages about 4.5 miles driven as the equivalent footprint, and producing a kilogram of lentils requires emission equivalent to only 2 miles driven. Basically, eating much less animal products, all the way to vegan if you can, is the single biggest action that you can do to live more sustainably and to help save the planet.
Why does one person’s actions matter?
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