How do you Improve your Sustainability Knowledge

A Beginners Perspective

Steve Bailey


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When it comes to explaining what Sustainability is, there are plenty of descriptions available. I like the National Geographics explanation,

Sustainability is the practice of using natural resources responsibly today, so they are available for future generations tomorrow.

And here is the United Nations’ definition of sustainability,

Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs

When I read the texts above, I think about the greater cause for the future of humanity, it is really simple, if natural resources are lost, we will perish. I will have to question anyone’s values if they see no issue with leaving future generations with a scarcity of natural resources. As you can understand, the value linked to sustainability is paramount for future generations. Unfortunately, at present, the value that most advanced economies place on sustainability is not aligned with the needs of the future of humanity.

Being Intentional on Sustainability Knowledge

It is easy to remain passive to the environmental challenges we face, with this limited approach you can understand the contexts for the need to reduce emissions and participate in discussions up to a point. Tracey Brighten states that; Life is a process of transformation as we face new challenges. Shifting your focus to understanding more about sustainability and the wider climate change debate can direct you to a path where you can start to make moves to align to a ‘higher purpose’. The ‘higher purpose’ can be action to reduce emissions or promote behaviour that reduces impacts on climate change.

The Catalyst for my Own Sustainability Knowledge Enhancement

So over the past 2 years, I have developed a healthy habit of reading books, this summer (2022) two books I read resonated and had me asking deeper questions about my values.