But what exactly does the term ‘sustainability’ mean? The official definition from 1987 is: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” That is quite a mouthful. What it really comes down to is that we ensure that we treat our earth in such a way that it can continue to meet their needs for our children and for generations to come. Sustainability is ensuring that the earth remains habitable. And that is of course important.
Sustainability is often described on the basis of the three Ps: People, Planet and Profit. Sustainability is about balancing these three – people, the environment and the economy. In this way we ensure that the earth does not become exhausted and that it remains habitable in the longer term.
And what is the ecological footprint? This indicates how much space is available per person on the earth. In the west we are all over this. Just think about how much space and raw materials are needed to produce everything you eat and consume in a year. This is of course not in proportion to the footprint of someone in a third world country.
In these times sustainability is extra important, our climate is changing faster and faster and all things in the stores are touched by inflation. Unfortunately, not only prices in the shops are rising, but also gas and energy. This is because the government has increased the price of CO2. Many of us have had high energy bills and now no one can afford it every month. Do you want to know how you can lower your energy costs? Contact us!