What does it mean?
“Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.” – EPA
I first learned about the world ‘sustainable’ on the back of a smoothie carton. Harvested sustainably. I didn’t consider this phrase too closely at the time; I was rather too busy marvelling at the combination of mango, passion fruit and bananas. Delicious.
Then I moved to the University of Cambridge to study Natural Sciences. Perhaps somewhat predictably for a girl born and bred in the green, hilly Scottish Borders, I specialised in Zoology and Conservation.
Over my three year degree I heard a lot more about ‘sustainability’. We discussed definitions, examples, its necessity. I learned about farmers in East Africa who increase yields without reducing species number, companies in Bristol who upcycle their waste products, and about how to feed a growing human population without overexploiting natural resources.
By the time I was pushed out of the comfort of college halls and into the real world I was determined to make my mark on the world. It was here, fresh from university with a spring still in my step, that I became compelled to start a blog about sustainability.
Soon, I started hearing the word in other contexts. It seemed that, to me and many others, sustainability extends beyond protection of our environment and encompasses positive social, political and behavioural change for a fairer and more sustainable world.
So, here is my blog, ‘This is Sustainable Me’. I use it as a place to discuss the myriad of issues that fall under the umbrella term of ‘sustainability’. To date, this includes conservation, politics, development and behaviour. Read, share and enjoy!
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions, feedback or suggestions.