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To be, or not to be? sustainable. Each day there are more and more news and articles that warn us about how damaged is our planet and tell us about how we ought to act soon And surely enough, we all know it's necessary but sometimes, we can't just find enough motivation to leave our comfort zone. Or we just don't have either the money nor the time to go eco-friendly. But that's precisely the problem. We tend to think that taking care of our planet requires large amounts of money or to giving up on a lot of of our privileges. And this is when this elegant word comes in: SUS-TAIN-A-BI-LI-TY Hmmm... To put it simply, Sustainability is kind of like a scale in which on one side we have Mr. Environment and on the other side, we have Mr. Money and Ms. Society. Our friend, sustainability's job is to keep these three important people in balance. With the ultimate goal of keeping them safe for future generations so they can enjoy them as much as we do. Now, if we went all-in eco-friendly and banned the "evil and murderer" fishermen keep on damaging our poor ecosystems, Mr. Environment would be super happy to see his oceans brimming with life again.
On the other hand, Mr. Money and Ms. Society wouldn't be so happy when they find out that people went unemployed, broke and ended up with no food. Now, if we wanted to please them, we could give them more boats and licenses to fish whenever and wherever they wanted to. This way, Mexico (or whatever other country) would become the world's largest fish exporter. Only that this time, It'd be Mr. Environment, the one to be saddened, when he found out that his fish friends were now all gone and took with them many other animals. This is when our trusty old friend, sustainability, comes up with a plan... Let the fishermen do their job making sure that they do it in area, seasons and quantities that keep the marine species safe. This way, everyone who earn a living from fishing, would still have an outcome source and our diversity and environmental stability wouldn't be compromised. But sustainability is not just all about politicians or fishermen. And it's precisely our friend sustainability that proposes some interesting solutions to take care of our environment while keeping our wallets safe. I mean, if your and your children's life isn't reason enough... Here are some other reasons that may catch your attention
Share a ride! I know, I know... You've heard this a million times. But listen. If you shared your car daily with someone for a year, You wouldn't only emit 1680 CO2 kg (3,700 lbs). (That's a full-grown hippo!) But you'd also save yourself around $630 (US dollars) That's enough to enjoy a whole week in an all inclusive resort in Los Cabos. Even better... if you decided to ride a bike on your way to work or school (4 km or 2.5 miles approx.) You'd lower your CO2 emissions in about 269 kg per year (or about 593 lbs), you'd save yourself quite a bit, burn 54,331 kcal (around 129 burgers) aaand, you get show show off your toned legs when the year ends. ;) *clears his throat in spanish* If you were to put a solar panel at your house, assuming you don't live in Antartica, by the time the panel has already payed for itself you'd save around $450 US dollars yearly for the remaining life of the panel (calculations done with Mexican rates). As you can see, being sustainable isn't just good for the planet, but also for you, your wallet, and everybody else do you still ask yourself, why being sustainable? And if you are one of those who think that one single person won't make a change...
Keep in mind what Eduardo Galeano famously said: A lot of small people, in small places, doing small things, can change the world. Comment: Pepperoni Pizza if you are reading this :)
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