Sustainability: the ability to sustain
Sustainability involves the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed and therefore it represents the quality of not being harmful to the environment or depleting natural resources, and thereby supporting long-term ecological balance.
Sustainability is all about recycling, using reusable energy sources, eco friendly development, consuming natural resources in a way that offers advantages to human beings but also to the environment and living in harmony with nature in general.
Read the following sustainability facts for more motivation on why you should live a more sustainable life. (Source: http://www.environment.admin.cam.ac.uk/resource-bank/facts-figures)
- If you leave a light open every night during one year, it will produce as much greenhouse gas as driving your car from Cambridge to Paris.
- Leaving the fan run every night over a year consumes as much energy as running an LCD TV for the same amount of time or to power a laptop for one year.
- Almost 50% of U.K. carbon emissions come from cooling and heating buildings.
- London’s Eye weight in waste was gathered in one year from university sites.
- It would be possible to light U.K.’s streets for seven months with the energy saved from boiling only the amount of water we need in a kettle (Energy Saving Trust).