This post is a collaboration with University of Kent students. The opinions in this piece are those of our guest blogger and do not necessarily represent those held by Sustainability Connections.
Guest blog by: Yiannos Orfeas-Aristides
In ecology the word sustainability means that any biological system that exists can keep living and sustain itself forever. According to scientists, the earth can keep providing fresh air, water, food and a luxurious life for people living on it, but only if we are sensible with how much we use of its finite resources.
We need to find a balance between nature and human life because whether we like it or not we are dependent on nature. Yet we have become our own worst enemy, our way of life is at risk. Reducing dependence on fossil fuels, reducing the usage of synthetic chemicals, curbing the destruction of nature for construction purposes and ceasing the pollution of sea and air are some basic principles that will contribute to sustainability.
Therefore, we need to observe our “materialistic” focus and understand that we need to lead a lifestyle which ensures the security of our planet. If we all take action, it will have a huge impact; pollution and waste will be lessened. We will live in harmony with nature instead of against it. After all, we should never forget that we are all citizens of the earth.