Write an essay on Environmental Sustainability?
Analysis of the key concepts
(a) Environmental sustainability follows some rules and regulation to keep the environment in good condition for the plans, animals and future generation. Environmental sustainability maintains the factors and practices that contribute to the quality of environment.
(b) One example of live sustainability is eBay eco initiatives. The online auction site is allowing the people from different countries to exchange and reuse goods rather than throwing them away (Kahraman and Baig 2010). It is increasing their lifespan so they don’t end up as trash. The site is also allowing people to buy and sell used household products which are hard to ship to prevent the requirement of packaging.
(c) Some strengths of Environmental Sustainability are,
People can use products other than natural resources
Recycling reduces cost
Using recycled products prevents packaging and shipping which uses non-environmental materials.
Some challenges of Environmental Sustainability are,
Poor people can not avail the option of online exchange
In several countries people are forced to use resources which are way below sustainable level (Ikerd 2012). That means Environmental Sustainability failed to reach everywhere
Poor people do not have enough secure rights to have environmental resources.
(a) Economic sustainability allows an organization to use available resources appropriately to keep their business running while at the same time making money. According to this sustainability people must balance between how much money they are taking from their country and how much money they keeping in it (Sheate 2010).
(b) Germany is the best example of sustainable economy. Germany taught the world that it is not necessary that sustainability comes at the expense of economic growth. What Germany is doing to increase their economic sustainability is shifting to renewable energy sources from nuclear energy source.
(c) Some advantages of economic sustainability are,
It helps to configure new business models
It does not take into consideration the pleasure of present generation only; it also takes into consideration the requirements of the future generation.
Some disadvantages of economic sustainability are,
It is quite possible that while thinking for future, a country loses control of its present economy
Most of the people are not wealthy enough to sacrifice their present to build a secure future for the next generation.
(a) Human sustainability serves to establish specific goals and strategies to help preserve and improve the quality of Human life (Neumayer 2012).
(b)UN is the greatest example of Human Sustainability. UN’s Human Development Index (HDI) is 25 years old today. HDI releases ranking of the countries based on the quality of life they are producing to their countrymen. According to this index, wealth of a nation is measured by Gross National Income, health is measured by how long the people of a country is living on average and education is measured by average years of schooling by the countrymen (Jackson, Ones and Dilchert 2012).
(c) Advantage of Human Sustainability
It helps to secure the future of the next generation
It makes sure that the future generation gets a good society to live with
Summary and learning points
From the report it is clear that the rules and regulation of three-level sustainability are very important to follow. Human sustainability, environmental sustainability and economical sustainability are the three different aspects of sustainability method. These aspects serve to make the world a better place for our future generation. Environmental sustainability serves to save our eco system by implementing several unique ideas. Using recycled items and buying and selling of used goods are two very unique ideas of environmental sustainability. Packaging and shipping are two things that are directly connected to pollution. Packaging and shipping means goods are carried to a location where they are dumped under the ground. This is not a very eco friendly procedure. To prevent this, eBay has introduced a new option on their site. People now can buy and sell used items so that they do not go for dumping. Economic sustainability is much more country or locality oriented. Its goal is to improve the economic condition of a country so that the future generation can avail the pleasures of economic growth (Becker 2012). Most people think that to achieve economical sustainability it is important to increase economic condition of the country. Bur recently Germany proved that wrong. What Germany did is shifting from using nuclear energy sources to renewable energy sources like water, air or solar systems (Martin et al. 2012). This has allowed them a have a huge economic growth which they preserve for future generation. There another sustainability which is considered as the most important sustainability of all. It is called Human sustainability. Human sustainability carries much more wide ideas and range. Human sustainability serves to keep our society and surroundings clean and healthy so that the future generation can live in a healthy environment (Schroeder, 2012). It is knows that surroundings put a big effect on the children. If the surroundings are not offering quality environment, where they will grow up, it will ruin the future.
From this report it is also found that there are many challenges which are creating obstacles for these processes to work properly. One of the major reasons is poverty. People who are unable to collect food can now exhibit the luxury to think about future. Besides, in most of the country’s poor people are neglected. This will not help the cause because they may be poor but they are a major part of environment. If the world wants to make those three sustainability’s work perfectly, they will have to improve the condition of the people living under poverty level.
Implications for my own practice
From the report I learned a lot about the key concepts of three sustainability process. It is good to know that world is trying to make the Earth a better living place. What I learned from this report is there are three major sustainability rules which are environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and Human sustainability. Environmental sustainability serves to protect the environment. Recently I saw that pollution is creating lots of damage to our eco system. China has issues red alert as pollution level has gone over their expected level. In Indian capitol New Delhi government is using “Odd and Even” strategy to prevent the pollution. In this condition it is very important that we must work together to keep our environment clean. To protect our environment for our future generation it is important that we adopt new ideas like using renewable resources in place of nuclear resources.
Money is also an important aspect of human life. It is also responsible for any type of approach the world might take to promote other sustainability’s. If a country wants to protect is environment, it must build a strong economic condition (Mason 2012). I also understood that strong economic condition does not mean having huge amount of money in your inventory. It actually means how much you can save while keeping your goals intact. Germany has a great job as they are now using renewable sources in place of nuclear sources. This helped them to make their economy more strong and helped them to protect their environment.
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