What can I do to promote sustainability in my community?
How can I promote sustainability in my home, workplace, and business?
How can I live a sustainable life?
What things can I do to promote sustainability?
These are few of the questions many people ask about sustaining their environments.
Sustainability starts with individuals and then extends to groups, hence the reason why we all as individuals must contribute our quota to it. For this write-up, I will mention some of the important and easy efforts each person can make towards promoting sustainability.
The roles, actions, and things you can do to sustain your community and promote sustainability are:
1. Recycling: You can contribute to recycling management by helping put waste in the proper channel. Most countries (except developing countries) have rules and processes for recycling. The most basic rules for recycling are:
Asides these rules, it is pertinent you follow other rules given in your country. For example, I live in a housing area where we have a separate shelter for waste disposal in a bid to make recycling easier. There are trash bins for various waste categories, e.g. food waste, plastic, paper, etc therefore we are expected to put each waste in the appropriate bin. Adhering to these rules and not mixing up the waste is an effort made towards achieving sustainability which should come easy for everyone who has the best interest of the environment in mind.
2. Grow Your Food/Have a Garden: one of the helpful tips of growing your food is that you tend to appreciate food more, considering the efforts you put into growing the food. And when you appreciate your food more, food wastage reduces. Growing your food also encourages you to take more vegetables and fruits. Some of the foods and plants you can easily grow are lettuce, tomatoes, herbs, etc. Your garden does not have to be a big one, a windowsill, hanging basket, or small space on your backyard soil will work fine. Do not think it is a big farming scale thing and then get discouraged.
3. Food Management: You can be creative with your leftovers and don’t have to throw away food all the time. Also, you can use food waste as fertilizer for your gardens rather than throwing them away. It is more advisable to use food waste as compost/fertilizer for your garden than using chemical fertilizer. According to the Environment and Natural Resources Publication, chemical fertilizers, if not properly managed, negatively impact the environment, plants, animals, and humans.
4. Conservation of energy: As an individual, you can conserve energy in your home by ensuring that your utility bill is not too high. The best way to achieve that is by ensuring there are no leaking water pipes/faucets, wrong wiring, amongst others. It is important that you turn off lights and other appliances that use energy such as AC/heater when leaving the home, unplug appliances when not in use and close the windows when the AC or heater is on. All these little things matter a lot and as minute as they seem, they contribute hugely to sustainability.
5. Use Public Transportation More: This will help reduce carbon emissions in the environment, as hard as it might sound, we should consider using more public transport than our private cars. You can also use a bike which does not emit carbons. However, due to the current state influenced by the pandemic, public transportation might not seem like the best option so you can opt for bike-riding. The most important thing here is to stay safe whether you use private or public transport.
For example, a new tramway system was recently introduced in Lund, Sweden in December. This is also an effort made by the country towards creating and maintaining an urban transportation system friendly to the environment. You can read more about the tramway with the link here
6. Contribute to projects, organisations and community services promoting sustainability: Such organisations are not scarce these days. I am pretty sure if you look around you, you will find one. Therefore, there isn’t meant to be the excuse of not finding such an organization, it depends more on your willingness and interest in joining these groups. If you are interested in promoting sustainability, I encourage you to join one of these organisations/NGOs. It is important to have it in mind that helping in organisations will go a long way in promoting and sustaining our dear communities, societies, and environments.
There are many other things we can as well do to promote sustainability individually and collectively but if you have not been making efforts before, start with the ones listed above. If you have been doing these and much more, kudos to you, it is indeed good to help the society grow and survive. So, the main question I have for you is:
ARE YOU WILLING TO PROMOTE SUSTAINABILITY IN YOUR ENVIRONMENT?
Master student in Media and Communication at Lund University. The author holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication Studies from the University of Ilorin. Titilope is an Editorial Director at 180 Degrees Consulting Lund.