Sustainability at the University of Derby Students' Union
Sustainability is the idea of living in a way that meets your own needs but considers the needs of future generations and acknowledges that certain resources are finite. It isnt all about being Green though, it's about consider ways in which society can develop whilst creating a process that looks after people (social Justice), planet (environmental justice) and pocket (economical viability). Sustainability is a collective and individual action that can be applied to every aspect of life. This ranges from how you travel to University to how large organisations reduce their carbon footprint.
Why is it important?
Living ‘unsustainably ‘means we are continually using resources which are finite and will run out. This means without considering sustainable sources of food, energy and materials we will eventually use them up. For example, according to the Global Sustainability Institute (2014), the UK has 5.2 years of oil and 4.5 years of coal supplies remaining. If we used these unsustainable fuel sources alone we would have no fossil fuels to power our daily lives.
It’s not all doom and gloom though. If we shift to sustainable lifestyles, consider where our energy, food and materials come from and start to reduce our individual and collective impact on the environment, we can ensure an infinite supply of resources for future generations. Not only will this benefit future generations it will also benefit us in the here and now. We will have cleaner air to breath, more vibrant and healthy natural spaces and we can ultimately ensure we still get what we want without damaging society’s quality of life.
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