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We all have a responsibility to ensure that our actions do not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. This is the fundamental concept of Sustainability, which stresses the importance of satisfying our present needs, while at the same time, safeguarding resources for our community’s future needs.
To achieve this, Sustainability is grounded in three pillars:
Here are five easy ways to incorporate the three pillars of sustainability into your everyday life.
Shopping locally is a great way to promote Sustainability. When you buy products from local businesses, you’re supporting the local economy and reducing the carbon footprint associated with long-distance transportation. This concept is referred to as “Food Miles,” which measures how far food has traveled before it reaches the consumer. Local products are often produced using Sustainable methods, such as locally sourced materials and often require less packaging in addition to having a shorter supply chain. Shopping locally also fosters a sense of community, oftentimes being able to connect with the people making your products. By choosing to shop locally, you are not only supporting your community but also reducing your impact on the environment.
Here are a few shopping local tips:
Using alternative transit and walking are great ways to promote sustainability. Walking, biking, scootering, or using public transportation instead of solely driving, can significantly reduce your carbon footprint, as cars are a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. Alternative modes of transportation also promote physical activity and can improve your overall health. Additionally, walking and biking are emission-free and help reduce traffic congestion. By choosing to walk or use alternative transit, you are positively impacting the environment as well as your well-being, while making a positive change in your community.
Here are a few alternative transit tips within Downtown Phoenix:
Using reusable bags is an excellent way to promote Sustainability. Single-use plastic bags are a significant source of pollution, with millions ending up in landfills and oceans yearly. Did you know that plastic bags cannot be recycled in a standard recycling bin? In fact, plastic bags often jam machines in sorting facilities, causing the facility to need to close down for an extended period of time and inadvertently forcing workers to need to take time to cut said bags out of the machinery, reducing the facility’s effectiveness at recycling. Reusable bags are made from durable materials such as canvas, cloth, or mesh and can be used repeatedly. They also come in various sizes and designs, making them versatile for all shopping trips and the more Sustainable option.
Here are a few tips regarding reusable bags as well as about recycling those plastic bags:
Community events, like neighborhood clean-ups, promote environmental responsibility by removing litter and debris, protecting wildlife, and increasing awareness about proper waste management as well as recycling. These activities inspire attendees to adopt Sustainable behaviors, foster community pride, and encourage shared responsibility, in caring for our environment. Participating in, or organizing, these events can contribute to building a more Sustainable future and positively impact our communities.
Here are a few tips to get more involved in Sustainability-related events:
Reducing water waste is an essential part of Sustainability. As a desert community, reducing water usage is a critical foundation for building our cities. Simple changes to our daily habits, such as turning off the faucet while brushing our teeth or taking shorter showers, can significantly reduce water consumption. Installing low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets can also help conserve water. Additionally, planting native, drought-resistant plants in our gardens and landscaping can reduce the amount of water needed for irrigation. Reducing water waste can help preserve this vital resource for future generations and promote a more Sustainable future.
Here are a few tips to reduce water waste:
Incorporating the pillars of Sustainability in our daily lives is vital for the future of our planet. By shopping locally, using alternative transit, using reusable bags, participating in Sustainable community events, and reducing water waste, we can all positively impact the environment and our communities. It’s important to remember that Sustainability is not just an individual responsibility, but a collective one. By working together, we can create a more sustainable future for ourselves as well as for future generations. Together, we can all make small changes in our daily lives to promote a healthier, more Sustainable planet.
What changes will you start making today to create a more Sustainable future?