Becoming Environmentally sustainable
What is environmental sustainability? Environmental sustainability is getting on with our day to day lives by working with the planet rather than destroying it. Transforming our attitudes and the way we live our lives is now becoming a matter of emergency. As you are aware the world is slowly taking a turn for the worst, not because our planet is failing on us, but because we are failing on our planet. Now, I am not here to pressure you to throw away your electrical goods, stop driving cars or live in a wooden self-made cabin amongst an indigenous tribe. I am merely asking you to consider some simple steps that could help you to help the planet.
I am going to let you in on 3 simple steps that would not only help to preserve this planet and also save you some money!
Cycling is not only an incredible source of exercise and a nifty transportation method but it also a much eco-friendly method. Cars are simply being overused and the fumes in which the engine is producing is damaging the planet at a dramatic rate, in fact, it has been suggested that the exhaust fumes which a car is generating are twice as dangerous as roads. Carbon monoxide is an invisible gas that is produced from the motor vehicle, this poison spreads and a great amount of damage is caused to the environment and also human health. Cycling in cities is becoming an ever-growing trend; every year London sees a 5% rise and it is set to increase.
Unlike driving, cycling has a next to nothing carbon footprint, therefore, does not have a destructive impact on the planet. Cycling is also one of the easiest most effective ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
The household energy consumption is increasing every year and is becoming a huge issue to the wellbeing of the environment. The use of energy efficient light (LED) is a very beneficial substitute. LED generate a lot less energy when functioning which results in a longer lifespan than average light, this also means that it is a lot more financially efficient. The most effective way of becoming more sustainable in the household is as simple as being disciplined. Simply remembering to turn lights and electrical components off by the switch will make a humongous difference to the environmental effects and also your costs.
The benefits of recycling on our planet are remarkable. There has been a huge increase in the UK for recycling since 2010 and continues to get better as years go on, although, landfills are still one of the most dangerous threats to the planet still. Did you know that recycling a single run of “the Sunday New York Times” would save up to 75,500 trees! Landfills create various harmful gas such as greenhouse gasses, Leachate, Toxins and much more, this is a result of piling up mass general waste. A lot of different types waste in the landfills contain toxins which eventually seep into the ground, this substance creates a long-lasting effect on the environment.
Cities becoming sustainable
Cities around the globe are making it a priority for their societies to function in a sustainable way. Cities are constantly pushing the boundaries to discover new ways to thrive whilst maintaining the environment. In this day and age, humans are constantly finding new ways of collaborating nature with every day human needs.
San Francisco pride themselves on being one of the most sustainable cities in the world, they have made dramatic changes in order to work with the environment and have major plans for the future. San Francisco is home to some of the biggest names in business including Air B&B, Twitter and many more. These companies have all bought into the sustainability of their buildings and are constantly adapting in order to work with the environment for their own means of business.
San Francisco is also known for their public transit system. The city works on a zero-emission bus system and there is a slow rise in hybrid electric vehicle usage. San Francisco is expected to reach the goal of becoming zero waste by 2020!
Singapore is another thriving environmentally sustainable city; it is often recognised as one of the most “Forward-thinking green cities in Asia”. Singapore has successfully built a very effective transport system which is helping reduce pollution and also crowding on the streets. Lastly, Singapore is one of the fastest growing cycling cities across the globe.