Learn to live sustainably for the sake of the environment, future generations and your own wallet!
Understand what sustainability is
Living sustainably often differs from “being green” Living green has become something of a fashion word and is often used in obscure contexts in, for example, advertising messages. Living sustainably has a clearer definition and means that everything you do should have the least possible impact on the environment and bring about the least possible waste and that behavior should be repeated indefinitely without causing any cumulative damage to our environment or future generations. In short, the way we live and consume today is sustainable if future generations will be able to live in the same way or “even better” endlessly.
Reduce the use of fossil fuels (oil/gasoline / natural gas)
This very finite resource is something that modern civilization has become extremely dependent on as it provides over 33% (2009) of the world’s energy supply. Researchers have already found that we have already passed “Peak Oil”, which means supply can no longer meet demand. Oil production is declining while demand is increasing, creating a highly unsustainable situation and a major problem to solve.
– Take the bike more often than the car
– Make sure your electricity comes from renewable sources
– Get a heat pump to reduce your electricity consumption
Use less electricity
Since electricity usually comes from combustion of fossil fuels, it is important to first that many tasks are perfectly excellent to complete without electricity.
– Dry the clothes on the rope instead of the dryer.
– Use hand tools in the kitchen instead of electric machines
Use water sparingly
Nearly half of the world’s population lives in areas of high water stress, that is, water is an extreme scarcity resource. In addition, it costs energy every time water goes through sewage treatment plants.
– Wash in the sink instead of under running water
– Turn off the tap while brushing your teeth
– Turn on the shower first when you really need to shower and close the tap when you shampoo
The closer you live as you live and work, and the more locally produced (preferably organic) you consume in relation to non-locally produced, the less energy consumed and less fossil fuels burned.
Buy less and repair more
Reduce your overall total consumption. Realize the difference between “needing” something and “wanting” something. This applies to both shopping and groceries. Europeans throw every sixth food bag, and 8 kilos of clothes per year and person.
Recycle items and materials that you cannot or do not want to keep.
Unfortunately, all the resources of the earth are finite!