What is Sustainability anyway?
There is no universally agreed definition on what sustainability means, and many variations of the term have been coined over the years, but simplistically, sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations. Sustainability is currently a major issue. As the world populations continues to grow, the pressures we are putting on our natural resource bank are greater than ever. Improved technology means that good can be produced quicker and cheaper than ever before, and as businesses compete to meet the demand of our consumer society, we risk inflicting irreversible damage on the planet.
Sustainability, or rather the threat to, is an issue that affects all aspects of our daily lives. This "One Planet Living" framework by Bioregional helps illustrate the ten themes of environmental sustainability.
At Green Beings we hope to make sustainable living in High Barnet and beyond, more feasible, accessible and main-stream. By working with residents, shop-owners, Councils, Government agencies and schools, our aim is to give High Barnet a complete sustainability make-over, that will benefit the community, the environment and way of life for not just our generation, but generations to come.
We thank you in advance for supporting out projects and events. We would also like to invite you to take the sustainability challenge yourselves! It can seem daunting, but every little helps! Start with small steps, then bigger until you are a Sutainability Hero! Have a look below for tips on starting your Sustainable Life, and you can also find inspiration and tips on our Blog.
Making lifestyle changes to become more sustainable can feel overwhelming. The more you research, the more you discover that you need to change. It really is a mine-field! Enough to put off even the most determined of eco-warriors.
Do not despair, however! Recently I came across this plan, courtesy of sustainablestalbans.org, and found it a really useful place to start. Begin with small steps, then bigger until you are a Sustainability Hero.
We recently launched the daily eco-challenge; a series of tips and suggestions of how to make, some small, some big, changes to your life-style to make it more sustainable. You may already be doing many of these? More will follow soon.
Becoming a Sustainability Hero takes time and effort. Aside from providing guidance on the changes you can make as family and an individual, we hope to make High Barnet more sustainability accessible. We will keep you updated, and hope that as shops, restaurants and other establishments take the leap to make their products, business and services more sustainable, you will support and encourage them, and help spread the word.
Coming Soon: a breakdown of some of the areas from the above plan, along with helpful hints, tips and suggestions on how to succeed. In the meantime please see our blog for more advice on becoming a Sustainability Hero. Our Facebook and Instagram pages also have plenty of ideas and encouragement. See links below. They are also a great place to connect with like-minded locals who are trying to make a difference, as well as to share your trials and tribulations.
If you are a local business, and would like some advice on making your services and practices sustainable, please get in touch. We would love to work with you!