To put it in the simplest of words, sustainable lifestyle is quintessentially the application of sustainability to lifestyle choices and decisions. It is a lifestyle or living that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of earth’s precious natural resources. In other words, sustainable lifestyle is composed of ways aimed at the preservation of the natural balance of humanity’s symbiotic relationship with natural ecology and cycles of the earth.
Believe me, it is a lot more complicated than its definition suggests, but I am not going to drive into the abyss of its intricacies because the only thing we need to understand here is that only sustainable lifestyle can save us from the destruction of earth. How? Read on.
In their mad pursuit for development, humans have played havoc with nature. They exploit it to its fullest because they view it as a source of fulfillment of their various needs to lead their dogmatic lives. But nature isn’t just a silent spectator.
She seeks retribution by various methods which we know as natural calamities. Thousands of lives are lost perpetually because of them. But our exploitation of nature and her subsequent degradation and rage carry on and their penultimate goal is the destruction of everything and everyone. This is when sustainable lifestyle steps in to take the reins.
It bridges the gap between the use of resources beyond control and their conservation. By adopting such a lifestyle, we will not only be able to lead much productive lives but also give our future generations a much needed chance to do the same.
Citing the above reasons, it’s safe, I think, to assert that a sustainable lifestyle is unprecariously a necessity as it is no longer an option, for the earth has suffered so much from man-made maladies that it hasn’t got ample time for us to choose.
(The author is a Class 8 student at The Frank Anthony Public School, Lajpat Nagar)