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 ability to use natural substances and creating methods which improve our lives instead of threaten it.  It is simply; to sustain life. 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 the act of providing ethics & equity so the human race is united, cooperative & ready to create positive change to use what nature has provided for us; to produce more nature.   


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 a dose 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 is ultimately to replenish and nurture life, instead of draining and exploiting it. 



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

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