I was invited to write a guest article on a sustainability topic for the ‘Something to Ponder About’ blog. My chosen topic is about the impacts of overconsumption of material items on the environment and how we can make small changes to reduce our reliance on things. Click here to read the full article and associated commentary.
Here is a sneak peak below…
When I embarked on my sustainability journey, one of my key goals was to become less reliant on material items and reduce the waste I produce. I wanted to consume less materials and only buy things that I needed, with a preference for buying second-hand over new. A key sustainability challenge for society is to use far fewer material items. Every item that is created uses energy and resources to manufacture and use. It is simply not sustainable to continue the production of new items at exponential rates. Resources will deplete and the impacts on climate will worsen due to numerous factors, such as:
- Increasing greenhouse gas emissions will result from fossil fuel derived energy used in manufacturing; and
- deforestation and destruction of habitats due to land clearing for mining of raw materials.
The good news is that we can all make our own ‘Local Impact’ by reducing our reliance on material items… Continue reading here.
Happy reading! I would love to hear your tips and tricks for reducing your consumption of material items in the comments below.
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