Importance of improving the sustainability of your home

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Sustainability is a buzz word that has more importance globally than many people realize. A value shared by many, sustainability basically means being able to meet our own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

So how does this affect our homes? Essentially, when our homes (and gardens for that matter) are sustainable, our environment is healthier, safer, and more energy-efficient.

To become more sustainable, we manage water use better, use renewable energy, and use materials and other resources that are themselves sustainable.

Ultimately, we reduce waste and cut living costs, and importantly we protect and preserve the environment.

But to realize why it is so important to improve the sustainability of our homes we need to understand sustainability and how it relates not only to the environment but to economic development and social equity too.

Understanding the Concept of Sustainability

Perhaps surprisingly, the concept of sustainability is relatively new, even though there had previously been decades of work on sustainable development following the first World Climate Conference in 1979.

The term, as we understand it today, can be traced back to the 1987 Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future which proposed long-term environmental strategies that would meet serious social and economic concerns.

A long-term goal achieved through many processes and pathways of sustainable development, sustainability has become a model for thinking about a future in which environmental, economic, and societal elements are balanced so that there will be an improved quality of life.

For instance, if an environment is healthy it will provide clean air, safe drinking water, and food and resources for those living there. It will also ensure that human communities are economically sustainable.

It is also a concept that has been integrated into a large number of global conventions and frameworks that are related to the key areas of sustainable development that include the:

Education, training, and public awareness of the United Nations (UN) Framework Convention on Climate Change, public education and awareness of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity.

Sharing of information about the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and what they do economically, environmentally, socially, and in many other ways.

Ten-year Framework of Programs on Sustainable Consumption and Production 2012-2021 that reaffirms that the promotion of sustainable patterns of consumption and production is an essential requirement for sustainable development…

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