What is Sustainability ? : Starting at Home

What is Sustainability?

Sustainability. It’s a vital word with many aspects. But when you break it down, it goes hand to hand to achieve primary challenges to live within our planet. Think by leaving something for the next generation, like a community as rich and full as we live. 

If you live in a home that requires energy, food, water, or continuous demand from our planet. Planning meals is an alternative to becoming sustainable when shopping for your families. It may be a stepping stone to buy and eat wisely, knowing how much we need every day.   

As a consumer, I grew up in an urban environment with supermarkets, farmers’ markets, fast food, and home cooking. The options to visit different places to eat can be an educated method for myself and communities to sustain our own Carbon Footprint. The difference between a fast-food restaurant and a farmer’s market can share different philosophies to benefit an organization. For example, a farmers’ market can’t compete with the demand being open 24/7 with a commercial food market. When many people become hungry, the servers require food, energy (natural gas), water, and equipment to feed the portions of ingredients necessary to turn a meal into a profit. The quantity of food to meet the demand requires other resources to keep the cycle moving, intensifying food production. This can be discussed in another article highlighting many aspects of discussing every sustainability challenge to maintain a fully functioning ecological system. 

    I had to experience my own footprint to understand how much hard work people put into getting a product available locally. And it is straightforward to learn. First, this article will focus on how we can be active at home by understanding the term “Sustainability.” Shown below are few examples of how a few authors defined the term: 

Definition 1: A community’s control and prudent use of natural, human, constructed, social, and cultural capital to foster economic security and vitality, social and political democracy, and ecological integrity for present and future generations. 

Source: Hackett, Steven C. Environmental and natural resources economics: Theory, policy, and sustainable society. ME Sharpe, 2010. (PAGE 5)

Definition 2: A guiding principle of environmental science that requires us to live in such a way as to maintain Earth’s systems and its natural resources for the foreseeable future. 

Source: Withgott, Jay, Scott R. Brennan, and Barbara Winifred Murck. Environment: The science behind the stories. No. Sirsi) i9780805395730. San Francisco: Pearson Benjamin Cummings, 2008.

Definition 3:  Methods of harvesting or using resources in ways that do not squander or permanently damage them. A sustainable lifestyle or society meets today’s needs without depleting (completely using up) natural resources for future generations.

Source: Boy Scouts of America. Merit Badge Series Sustainability, 2021. Page 13

We rely on natural resources

Food is an everyday resource consumption that is highly recommended to begin in our homes. Finding effective ways of living healthfully and sustainably on our diverse and complex planet will require a thorough scientific understanding of natural and social systems. Also, discussing with others to seek solutions that could develop workable solutions to the challenges we face for ourselves and the next generation.

How To Be Sustainably Active In Your Home

Next, please discuss what you have learned with someone about what it means to be a sustainable citizen. First, communicating with your friends and families could open new beneficial lifestyles for your health and savings. For example, the opportunity to ask questions with others can help provide information to resolve confusion when it becomes available simply and directly. Help others if they want to make a difference by starting to support each other. Continue researching how to create a sustainable community that would suit your own interests and minimize spending money or speaks with a specialist in the environmental field.

The Reality Into Moving Forward 

Many of the relationships within a community, both living and nonliving things, share the term natural resources or “natural goods.” What does that mean? It is vital to understand our relationship with the environment around us because we depend on the quality of our air, water, food, shelter, and everything essential for living. Our primary challenge is to live within our planet’s resources to sustain us, moving towards sustainable energy. 

We know incremental steps won’t be enough to reverse the negative trends of climate change, water scarcity, poverty, and other pressuring issues. We can take purposeful action, informed by reliable sources such as following my website or future blogs about learning simple steps to be sustainable at home.

I am defined as a consumer with an environmental science degree at Humboldt State State University. The top environmentalist educated programs in California. I enjoy eating salads, albondigas soup, apple pie with vanilla ice cream, egg fried rice, and other different cuisines. As a California citizen, our regions share thousands of home recipes with many fields where farming has always been. California shares a high value on food, with an estimated population of 39,512,223 in the state referenced by the United States Census Bureau in 2019. With such a large population to feed and to safely sustain the quality and flavor of our food long term, is moving towards sustainable agriculture.