The Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Environment states;
The cumulative effects of saving energy, reducing waste and adopting more environmentally friendly forms of transport by individuals would reduce the need for energy and resource consumption. In this way the actions of the individual can help to promote the conservation of natural resources like coal, oil and gas and bring about a reduction in air pollution, thereby encouraging more sustainable development.
So, what is Sustainable development? The Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Environment calls it
…development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Sometimes we think that we cannot individually make changes to our world. However we can as individuals collectively make a difference. We can reduce our own energy consumption, by turning off unnecessary lights, taking showers rather than baths, walk and cycle rather than drive, use the car only for essential journeys, join a carshare scheme, recycle our household waste wherever possible and buy local produce to support our local community.
These are just a few ways to make a difference that will enable our world to continue to support humanity for generations to come. Take a look at the ‘Green’ pages to find out why we need to address this issue and how little changes to our lives will make a big difference.