Currently our world’s population stands at around 7 billion people, with experts predicting that that could increase by 2 billion, taking figures up to 9 billion people over the next thirty years or so. Because of our ever-increasing populations, the demand for essential natural resources has never been greater than right this very second, which is why experts are focussing all of their attention on sustainability and sustainable living for every single person on the planet, not just those who happen to be wealthy and living in affluent locations.
What exactly is sustainability and what can it achieve? – In order to measure true sustainability, many people would classify it under four separate categories:
- Energy consumption
- The quality of materials used
- Carbon footprints (impact on the environment)
Sustainability itself is designed to help achieve various different things that impact not just ourselves, but the environment and the planet we’re fortunate enough to live on as a whole. So, the main ideas behind sustainability include things like:
- Providing energy for all people
- Ensuring the energy provided doesn’t impact the environment in a negative fashion
- Ensuring all people have access to food, water, and materials required on a daily basis
- Strengthening communities to better cope with natural disasters
- Strengthening communities as a whole
- Improving the quality of life for all people and creatures
- Improving transportation without increasing pollution and emissions
- Ensuring that the environment is as well looked after as it can possibly be
- Ensuring that we provide the best possible future for generations to come
If all of the above doesn’t happen, not only will our natural resources begin to diminish, but so too will the quality of life for each and every single one of us. As natural resources diminish, the cost of living will increase dramatically, forcing more and more people into a life of not only poverty, but of crime as well. Emissions and pollution will increase, which will harm not only the environment, but our climate as well, leading the climate change which will then lead to extreme weather and far more natural disasters that could potentially kill thousands, if not millions. So, what is the solution, well, according to the UN, it could very well be ‘going green’.
The UN’s green economy report findings – Green economies are widely considered to be one of the most effective solutions when it comes to sustainability, helping to create new jobs, protect the environment, improve quality of living, and generate new growth as a result. The UN’s green economy report found some very positive findings indeed, including:
- Green investment scenarios can potentially reduce CO2 emissions by over 40% by the year 2050.
- A green economy will create new jobs, especially in the farming and agriculture industry, as well as forestry, transport, building, and energy production industries in the process.
- Within 10 years, investing in a green economy can generate much higher growth in both GDP as well as GDP per capita than standard business scenarios.
- The global demand for energy in a green economy will drop by roughly 40% over the next three and a half decades, all thanks to dramatic advances and improvements in energy efficiency.
The bottom line is that the world is changing now far greater than at any other point in previous history, and with natural resources diminishing by the day, as well as climate change and weather patterns becoming more and more erratic with the changing of the seasons, sustainability and green living, is now more important than ever before. Put simply, what we do today should shape the world tomorrow and should improve the quality of life and the environment for future generations to come.