What is sustainable consumption

Our planet’s regenerative capacity is being greatly exceeded as the world’s population is now producing and consuming more resources than ever. How we use and dispose of non-renewable resources is radically altering our ecosystems and even the planet’s renewable resources (such as water, timber or fish) are rapidly being exhausted. We have now reached a tipping point where the quality of air and water needs to be improved, the level of production needs to be balanced and the amount of waste generated needs to be reduced.

Sustainable consumption is all about ‘doing more and better with less,’ through reducing resource use, degradation and pollution while increasing the quality of life for all.

The massive consumption of both renewable and nonrenewable resources contributes to a massive loss of biodiversity – with current extinction rates of birds, mammals and amphibians estimated to be at least 100 times, but possibly over 1,000 times, higher than pre-industrial rates. The poorest population is most affected by such changes giving that they rely directly on natural resources — such as fishing, small-scale agriculture or forestry — for their livelihoods.

Pollution and over-exploitation of the world’s resources are increasingly compromising our own well being and quality of life. A transition towards a more sustainable lifestyle is crucial to enable future generations to have access to their fair share of resources.

There are many possibilities as for how we can change our unsustainable consumption habits while also improving our quality of life.

Read more on how we need to help sustain the earths regenerative abilities here...

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