“Be a change to change the belief that someone else will save it.”

The above quoted statement says it all about how critical it is for us to make use of our existing resources in an efficient manner.

Sustainable consumption deals with the fulfillment of basic human needs with the minimized use of natural resources and toxic materials, without endangering the needs of future generations. The word “SUSTAINABLE” refers to the use of resources in a wise manner, i.e., with a mindset that there must be no compromise in the needs of our future generations.

It also deals with looking for alternatives to our natural resources and consuming greens.

A sustainable society manages its economy and population size to support human and other life forms for a longer period of time.

Researchers have found out that the quantity of resources is degrading at a faster rate due to many reasons including overpopulation, deforestation, over consumption of natural resources, etc.

The consequences include shortage of non-renewable resources, water scarcity, depletion of materials, loss of forest cover, extinction of a variety of species, etc.

In simple terms, sustainable consumption aims at DOING MORE AND BETTER WITH LESS.

Some Facts and Figures

~ Global population will reach 9.6 billion by 2050; the equivalent of almost three planets could be required to provide the natural resources needed to sustain current lifestyles.

~ 93% of the world’s 250 largest companies are now reporting on sustainability.

A common American proverb states, “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.” It highlights the need for keeping our coming generations in mind while making use of the resources.

The survival of ecosystem and human livelihood also depends on the wellbeing and sustainability.

To maintain the balance between the consumption and production of the resources, various initiatives could be considered:

• The government and various sectors must aid actively.

• Play schools should impart knowledge about consumption and environment.

• More eco-smart behavior patterns must be encouraged.

• Promotion of the positive development in the goods and services being shared.

• Promotion of the ECOLABELLING schemes.

• Proper waste management must be considered.

• Recycling of goods.

These initiatives must be considered at a broader level. While talking about the initiatives at the basic level; sustainability must be considered in terms of food, housing, and transport.

For example, maximum use of public transports must be promoted; individuals must travel by bicycle or foot.

We can make transition to a new, renewable energy age by wasting less energy and making fuels last longer. More emphasize must be given to efficient and less or non-polluting goods and services.

From production to consumption, sustainability must be kept in mind to ensure the survival of our ecosystem. Existing technologies must be used in an efficient manner and to the best of human abilities. So, the need of the hour is the wide opening of our eyes and wise decision making in all the fields.

“If we control our appetites, then nature will definitely provide us with complete meals.”