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Is sustainability really THAT important?

November 8, 2018

Today I’m taking a closer look at the importance of sustainability.

 

Now, the title of this video is “Is sustainability really THAT important?” Since Cut Fluff is all about living a clean and sustainable life, you can probably assume my over arching answer to that question is “YES”. But the real question is “WHY is it important?”.

 

Well, it all boils down to the fact that we need resources to live. We need water. We need air. We need soil, plants, and other living organisms to live life. Even the bacteria in your gut. We need that.  If you don’t have all those things, then you will no longer exist on this world. You would not survive.

 

It is said that on average, humans can only go about 3 weeks without food, 3 days without water, and 3 minutes without oxygen. But if any of those resources were contaminated, then our bodies would not be able to last that long. So, when we pollute our land, water, and air with toxic chemicals, we are essentially polluting ourselves because we need all those things to survive. Especially with our growing population, every day we need to harvest more and more resources from Earth. Having those resources being clean from pollution, would be the best scenario.

 

This is where sustainability comes into play. Let’s take a look at the definition of sustainability.

 

“Sustainability is the process of maintaining change in a balanced fashion, in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations.”

 

What does that mean? I’ll explain it in the simplest way I can. Sustainability is to maintain life as we know it at a certain or better level. And that is important because of our worlds limited, finite resources.

 

Here’s an example, imagine a family of four living in a bubble. The bubble includes just them and a vegetable garden. They plant, maintain, and harvest this garden every year. Since they live in a bubble, the garden is limited to a small size and only produce enough food to feed everyone equally. Well one day, the greediest family member decided that they were going to eat half of the garden and then throw-up on another forth of the garden leaving that part contaminated. This left only a fourth of the garden for the rest of the family to eat. However, this was not enough food for the remaining 3 family members. And slowly, they began to parish from starvation. Because one of the family members was greedy and took almost all of the resources for themselves, the balance and harmony of the bubble world started to erode and fall apart. Life in the bubble became no longer sustainable. It could not maintain life at a certain level.

 

Now scale that bubble up to include earth and 7.5 billion people. The same thing is happening right now on a much bigger level with lots of moving parts. Some people are greedy and are taking more resources than they need to sustain a comfortable life. They are taking from other people who might need those resources to just survive. The interesting tid-bit about this is the growing world population and the need to spread resources even thinner across everyone. This is why sustainability is so important right now.

 

If we don’t figure out how to support all of life on Earth, then our bubble world is going to erode and fall apart. And actually, it is already starting to happen with everything that is connected and happening with climate change. So yeah, figuring out how to live a sustainable life is important. What do you think?

 

Thanks for reading today. Have a beautiful day being clean and sustainable.

Take care of yourself.

Peace <3

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