So what is Sustainability and why is it so important?
In ecology, sustainability is the capacity to endure; it is how biological systems remain diverse and productive indefinitely. Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems. In more general terms, sustainability is the endurance of systems and processes. The organizing principle for sustainability is sustainable development, which includes the four interconnected domains: ecology, economics, politics and culture. Sustainability science is the study of sustainable development and environmental science. Sustainability can also be defined as the ability to be sustained, supported, upheld, or confirmed.
Healthy ecosystems and environments are necessary to the survival of humans and other organisms. Ways of reducing negative human impact are environmentally-friendly chemical engineering, environmental resources management and environmental protection. Information is gained from green chemistry, earth science, environmental science and conservation biology. Ecological economics studies the fields of academic research that aim to address human economies and natural ecosystems.
Batad rice terraces, The Philippines —UNESCO World Heritage site
Moving towards sustainability is also a social challenge that entails international and national law, urban planning and transport, local and individual lifestyles and ethical consumerism. Ways of living more sustainably can take many forms from reorganizing living conditions (e.g., ecovillages, eco-municipalities and sustainable cities), reappraising economic sectors (permaculture, green building, sustainable agriculture), or work practices (sustainable architecture), using science to develop new technologies (green technologies, renewable energy and sustainable fission and fusion power), or designing systems in a flexible and reversible manner, and adjusting individual lifestyles that conserve natural resources.
I find that the slideshow above has given me a better understanding on the brief given to us because it goes in to a lot more detail into sustainability.
This years designs of the year exhibition is based on how we can make the planet more sustainable and how we can either fight against or with the problems that are occurring by mother nature herself. I’m looking at maybe helping mother nature by creating a substitute of what we-the human race are taking away from this dear planet of ours. There are lots of things to choose from as that we as people unfortunately need these resources to carry on in our day to day life, but the question is how am I as an individual going to attempt to change the way people live?