Why Sustainability Is Important For Everyone
To understand why sustainability is important, you must first start by answering the question, “What is sustainability”?
The Brundtland Commission in 1987 identified sustainability as Meeting our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It means having the wisdom and vision to see beyond the immediate and seeing what lies ahead.
The importance of sustainability is broken down into three major parts: economic development, environmental conservation, and social responsibility. These things do not just happen on their own but instead come from intentional and thoughtful planning and execution.
As a society, we need to be committed to health and quality of life. Healthy communities need an environment consisting of clean air, abundant, and clean natural resources. Having a non-toxic environment benefits us all.
As our population and communities grow, there is a greater for additional resources. This includes resources such as energy, clean water, and space for living. To have healthy communities, we need an environment that supports it. Public health is affected by the quality of our environment. The quality of our air and the quality of our water have a direct impact on our health.
Sustainability Is More Important Than Ever
More and more organizations are coming to see the importance of the impact they can have. As a result, their philosophies related to sustainability are changing in positive ways. Organizations are able to impact social and economic issues through their communities and beyond.
It’s not always easy when needing to balance competing objects. It comes down to considering the planet, people, and the profits of the organization. Businesses are looking for financial gain. They need a return on their investment and seek to increase their profitability. Of course, this can be achieved while taking a deeper view of the need for sustainability.
Managing sustainability has benefits such as addressing consumers’ desires related to the products they buy. More and more people are consciously choosing an eco-friendly lifestyle and search support companies that align with their values. As a result, this helps builds trust and engagement.
A benefit of conservation is that it oftentimes leads to more efficient processes. Attracting employees who align with your mission tend to be more engaged and care deeper about the success of the company. This can help lead to increased customer sales and loyalty from your customers. It will also serve you well to build credibility and enhance your brand awareness in a positive way that can help you stand out from your competitors.
Sustainability should extend to your partners and suppliers. Sustainable procurement requires that you look at your entire supply chain. Also, make sure they back up their claims.
Practical Ways To Live With Sustainability In Mind
Here are a few tips for practical ways to live in an eco-friendly, sustainable way.
- Drink tap water instead of bottled water
- Turn off the lights when not in use
- Use reusable food containers to bring your lunch, snacks, and drinks in
- Take advantage of recycling bins when you can
- Plant a garden to help grow some of the food you eat
- Conserve water with simple things like shorter showers and full loads of laundry
- Unplug electronics and other items that draw phantom power when not in use
- Think local first when purchasing your produce
- Bike or walk if you can to cut down on the use of fossil fuels
- Support fair trade
- Purchase eco-friendly, green products
By changing our habits and thoughts towards sustainability we can make a difference for our generation and most importantly future generations.