Sustainable lifestyle means leading our lives in a way that fulfills our present needs without threatening the ability of future generations to meet their’s. It is a necessity and the only alternative by which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony. We have reached a point where the need for awareness about environmental degradation and that to conserve it has reached its peak. After all there is a reason for all the noise about the alarming rate at which natural resources are being wasted.
I believe that the time when sustainable lifestyle was just an option is long gone. In fact, I believe that the root of the problem is that it is still being taken as just an option. It has led to the diffusion of responsibility among people with respect to their individual efforts. On the global level, developing countries hold the developed countries more responsible for repairing the environmental damage and for reducing carbon emissions.
We need to resort to options of sustainable growth like making extensive use of green technology and sustainable methods of production. Using renewable resources, reducing carbon emissions and implementing the three Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – in our routine has become imperative. Protecting and restoring biodiversity is equally essential.
We, as forefathers of the future generations, need to realise that if we don’t switch to a sustainable lifestyle now, the damage will be irreversible and the earth might just slip from our hands.
(The author is a Class 12 student at Army Public School, Dhaula Kuan)