Everyone consumes food, water, oxygen, and goods. With the Industrial Revolution came the mass production of consumer goods. These goods have increased our standard of living, but also gives producers and consumers the responsibility to produce in a sustainable way.
Have a look around you. Unless you are reading this somewhere out in nature, chances are that everything that catches your eye has been designed. We have designed our own world and with a topic so important to our daily lives, it has great sustainable potential.
Mobile phones, laptops, and televisions, all of our favourite devices need energy. But also hospitals, transportation, entire cities, and even countries rely on energy to keep them going. With the current fossil fuel industry polluting and draining our natural resources, renewable energy is a necessity.
Fashion has become a form of art and your clothing gives away your style, personality, and social status. But often forgotten is that the production of this week's must haves were pressing on the environment. Luckily there are initiatives that prove sustainable alternatives are possible.
We all eat, multiple times a day. In the western world it is an occupation so normal we rarely think of how essential it is for our well being. Feeding the world is a mission and doing so in a sustainable way is essential for a secure future.
The production of goods or services within an economy is called industry. It is what drives our societies and what generates wealth. It's hard to imagine a world without industry and in order to keep our wealth and standard of living, we must produce in a sustainable way.
Like the air we breathe, we forget how important the ports are that import and export nearly all of our daily utilities. They bring the high demanded goods to the places where we want them, keeping our economy alive.
Everyone and everything has somewhere to go. Consumers and businesses rely on the ability to move, but it is an industry that heavily relays on fossil fuels. Moving towards renewable energy is key to maintain our fast passed society.
Cities keep growing and with 54% of the current global population living in cities, the majority of the world population is currently living in an urban environment. Urbanism and sustainability is therefore an important topic in the well being of society.
A world in which waste no longer exists but instead is seen as a resource is a utopia already being realised by some people and companies. Until we are truly there, we need to find ways to process our waste in a sustainable way.
An essential factor for creating and sustaining life. With a mere 2,5% of the total amount of water on earth being freshwater, the vast majority is salt water. With such a limited amount of freshwater on the planed, it would be unwise to pollute this vital resource.