What is Sustainability and Why Should I Care?

Creating a sustainable future for the next generation is important to most Kiwis!

We’re all aware of climate change and the effects it has on our global environment. Kiwis are conscious of the effects of our carbon footprint as we pride ourselves on being ‘clean and green.’

What is sustainability?

Sustainability is finding different ways to use the world’s resources so we don’t use them up for future generations! Put simply, we shouldn’t use up everything today that people of tomorrow will also need. 

For example, let’s talk about renewable electricity as sustainable. Electricity mostly relies on oil which is a fossil fuel that isn’t sustainable as it will run out eventually. In the last few decades, there have been advancements in renewable energy which is any energy source that can be renewed by nature. Wind, sun (solar), water (hydro), plants (biomass) or earth (geothermal) can be all used to create electricity. This is more sustainable as it can be renewed by nature (if it’s done in a balanced way).

Why should I care about it?

Sustainability will help our future generations enjoy our planet as much as we have – makes sense, right? It can improve health, increase safety and save money. It’s an interesting subject that is discussed worldwide. If you are interested, take the time to read the below:

Gen Less – Learn How To Be Sustainable

Ministry for the Environment – Sustainable development

How can I be more sustainable?

There are simple things you can do in your everyday life that can help you become more ‘sustainable’:

  • Drive less, and walk/bike more
  • Reduce your waste
  • Recycle everything that can be recycled
  • Support (in volunteer time and donations) places you love the most – beaches, forests, oceans, etc.
  • Start a composting pile
  • Try to buy products that are made within a 30-mile radius of your home
  • Use reusable bags or paper bags at the grocery store
  • Opt for reusable water bottles instead of convenience plastic water bottles

Learning through experience is one of the best ways to understand sustainability and the impact it has on the New Zealand environment.

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