What is Sustainability?

Isabella Jonathan

Posted on February 21 2019

What is Sustainability?


Sustainability is a product, service or concept which does not harm the planet, does not exploit individuals, and is financially inclusive.  It means providing the opportunity to use natural substances by making them more accessible and creating innovative methods which improve the environment, and socioeconomic conditions.  Houses, cars, fuel, skincare, food, clothing, textiles & plastics; all have the ability to be sustainable if we choose it to be.  Sustainability improves your well-being and society by respecting life and viewing your health as a top priority.  It is to demonstrate ethics & equity throughout daily life so humanity is united & empathetic.    


Science has demonstrated that living a sustainable lifestyle is the only solution to climate change and global warming.  The University of Alberta has expressed; “Sustainability is the process of living within the limits of available physical, natural, and social resources in ways that allow the living systems in which humans are embedded to thrive in perpetuity” (McGill, 3).  The more effective way to combat the issue of careless consumerism is to find ways to add small practices of sustainability to your daily routine, then one day you will wake up and almost every product and service you utilize will be sustainable.


Living within our ecological means will actually produce more abundance by allowing us to create a new system which will secure our future.  According to the University of Alberta; “Sustainability is a holistic approach that considers ecological, social and economic dimensions, recognizing that all must be considered together to find lasting prosperity” (McGill, 1).  Supporting sustainability will ultimately allow you to live your best life. 



 "What is Sustainability?"- McGill University.  Pg 1-4. University of Alberta Office of Sustainability. Retrieved from: https://www.mcgill.ca/sustainability/files/sustainability/what-is-sustainability.pdf

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