We can keep our world ‘still’!
Unstoppable population growth, ever-increasing consumption habits and ecological changes began to show the end of the world. The successive disasters in recent years have caused the concerns of “Will there be a livable world for future generations?” to be voiced loudly.
The importance of policies
Due to climate change, extreme temperatures, melting glaciers, floods, fires and other disasters, the philosophy of sustainable life has turned into a new “mandatory” lifestyle from individuals to international politics: Acting consciously in all areas as long as we live; To leave a livable world to future generations; To empathize; to act responsibly; Respecting the right to life… mechanization and industrialization that started after the industrial revolution not only created the consumption economy, but also destabilized the ecological functioning. Due to excessive consumption, destructive changes have begun in our lives. According to United Nations reports, 20% of the world’s population consumes 86% of the world’s available resources. As long as a fifth of the population continues to use this vast majority of resources, we cannot live sustainably.
Not only is 20% of the population using most environmental resources, but most of the economic resources are accessible, including education and health care. Developing countries, on the other hand, trigger population growth with poverty and illiteracy. In this context, eliminating economic and educational inequalities constitutes one of the important pillars of sustainable life.
The importance of companies
In the world, which has turned into a small village with globalization, the policies followed by international companies have gained great importance. Under these conditions, it is not possible for companies whose sole purpose is to make profits to be long-term. For this reason, it has become imperative for them to adopt sustainable practices both in the production phase and in office life. First of all, employees should be made aware of sustainable living. In order to raise awareness of employees about sustainable life and to have a permanent place in corporate life. First of all, large companies have a very high energy and carbon footprint. To reduce this, environmentally friendly production models should be applied. In this context, exemplary companies participating in sustainable life began to emerge.
For example, the L’Oréal group has implemented a new sustainability concept called “For the Planet”, which aims to be completed by 2030, under four headings. These main topics are; It is listed as combating climate change, sustainable use of water, respect for biodiversity and protection of natural resources. Indeed, the words of Alexandra Palt, president of the L’Oréal Foundation, reveal the gravity of the situation: “The world has changed since 2013, when we launched our first sustainable development program. The scale of the challenges we face is unmatched. Our commitments need to be aligned with them. Not better, but what is necessary. We have to do.”
Importance of individuals
Contrary to popular belief, every step that individuals take for a sustainable life plays a very important role. The habits we make unknowingly harm the environment more than we think. For this, we must make “voluntary, conscious, respectful to the environment and our body” changes in our lifestyle. For example, charging the phone overnight, driving instead of walking, throwing away products that can be reused or recycled; It means consuming much more energy than it should. For this reason, we should put individual care, which will prolong the life of both the world and our body, at the center of our lives.
We can start by correcting our eating habits. Excessive consumption of food harms both the world and our body. In both cases, diseases increase and life expectancy decreases. In the environmental context, the wastes sent to the landfill are decomposed to form greenhouse gases. This causes carbon emissions. The excess of food sent to our body causes the formation of fat, which causes all kinds of deadly diseases.
Driving everywhere consumes both the planet and us. So we should try to walk wherever we can. Or using a bicycle or using public transport if the distance is long should be among our first choices. Therefore, we can reduce individual vehicle use and reduce the share of carbon emissions.
Instead of systems like natural gas heating, we need to find ways to benefit from solar panels or wind energy.
Unfortunately, we waste a lot of water while showering or using the sink. However, water means “life”. Like the environment, life will end when the waters run out. Considering this, we must be very careful in our water consumption.
We should reduce the use of plastic, cardboard and paper as much as possible. We should prefer reusable containers. Instead of plastic bottles, we should use glass bottles or thermos. Technology offers several possibilities to reduce paper usage. We can start with the invoices sent to our e-mail address.
We should make recycling a part of our lives. We need to separate chemical waste from our daily garbage. Paper, glass and plastic should be disposed of after separation. We can reuse objects that we think will no longer be used.
Rescuing a starfish…
Sustainable life is not just about philosophical thought. It requires internalization and practice. “What can I change alone?” When we are caught in his pessimism, we must remember the story of a surviving starfish.
A man was walking along the ocean beach when he came across someone hastily throwing something into the sea. When he gets a little closer, he realizes that this person is throwing the starfish that come to the beach one by one and asks: “Why are you throwing these starfish into the sea?” The person who constantly throws the starfish he collects into the sea says “for them to live”. This time the man points to the stars on the ground in surprise: “But there are thousands of starfish here. It is impossible to save them all. What will change?” says. The man picks up another starfish from the ground and throws it into the sea and says, “Look, a lot has changed for him. Someone survived! I saved someone.”