Sustainability is about meeting our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own. Practical sustainability refers to taking concrete action to reduce environmental impact and improve social and economic conditions.
- Sustainability is a holistic way of living and managing the use of resources for future generations.
- Practical sustainability is not just about being environmentally conscious; it also incorporates being socially responsible and economically sustainable.
- Practical sustainability is achievable when individuals and communities weave together the three pillars of sustainability with other elements to create their approach to living sustainably.
The term ‘sustainability’ gets thrown around a lot these days. But what does it really mean? Simply put, sustainability is about meeting our current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (De Silva & Pownall, 2014). That might sound like a tall order, but there are practical ways we can all incorporate sustainability into our lives. Here are a few suggestions (Jorge et al., 2015; Collins et al., 2010; Pullman et al., 2009):