What does 'being green' mean?
Green is the term used to describe best environmental practices and sustainable development.
- saving energy
- recycling waste
- eating organic food
- driving a fuel-efficient car
- cycling or walking instead of driving
- looking after our countryside
- buying locally produced food
- taking your holiday at a destination that practises all of these
and much much more . . .
Our way of life is placing an increasing burden on the planet - this cannot be sustained.
The increasing stress we put on resources and environmental systems such as water, land and air cannot go on for ever. Especially as the world's population continues to increase and we already see a world where over a billion people live on less than a dollar a day, more than 800 million are malnourished, and over two and a half billion lack access to adequate sanitation.
A widely used and accepted international definition of sustainable development is: "Development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". Globally, we are not even meeting the needs of the present, let alone considering the needs of future generations.
We can all help by adopting green practices in all that we do, from choosing a holiday to using less water.