Let’s make our present a present for ourselves and give it as a present to our future generations. Did I confuse you there? Let me explain myself better, I’m basically trying to throw light on the concept of environmental sustainability and why it is vital to conserve our environment.
Environmental sustainability is the responsibility to conserve natural Resources and protect global ecosystems to support health and well-being, now and in the future. Because so many decisions that impact the environment are not felt immediately, a key element of environment sustainability is the forward-looking nature. In fact, The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency defines it as “meeting today’s needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.”
When we look at the natural environment, we see that it has a rather remarkable ability to rejuvenate itself and sustain its viability. For example, when a tree falls, it decomposes, adding nutrients to the soil. These nutrients help sustain suitable conditions for future saplings to grow.
Looking after our environment is something we must all be a part of. There are many environmental projects promoting sustainable living – large and small, local, national and global – that we can participate in. Looking after environmental health is crucial to ensuring we, and future generations, can all go green and can live healthy lives on a healthy planet. Our individual or household environmental projects can include carrying out our own environmental impact assessment to ensure we use energy and water efficiently and make sure our food, furniture and clothing is from sustainable sources. To help make a difference to others in our own and our global community, there are numerous projects underway, which range from campaigns to clean seas and beaches, to educating children about sustainable living and empowering women to support the communities and combat the impacts of climate change.
It is critical to protect the environment so as to reduce the destruction of ecosystems caused by a myriad of anthropogenic activities. It is more of a moral obligation for humans to protect the environment from pollution and other activities that lead to environmental degradation.