Sustainability, going green, carbon footprint and ecofriendly, these words are spoken in the media on a daily basis. But, do you really know what these words mean? Is the media portraying all of this vocabulary in a coherent manner? It is important to understand what the words mean to live an environmentally friendly life.
Education is important in a society that misconstrues knowledge and turns it in to something that it is not. As with any topic, you need the right information to truly understand it and apply it on a personal level. Keep yourself on point with what is the truth so you can educate others who may not have the same knowledge. Education is one of the most important things in the world, and in fact it is extremely sustainable.
To break down what sustainability means, it can be classified as of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged, according to Webster’s Dictionary. Now that this is understood, it is possible to have a better understanding on why going green is so important. We want to sustain this land for as long as we can, so there’s no better way than going green.
Going green is a lifestyle choice that can cut back on carbon emissions, and be more sustainable. As you can see, without truly understanding these ideas, it would be impossible to understand what it means to be sustainable. To further define, going green and being ecofriendly are very similar, and those are products and lifestyle choices that are less destructive to the environment, for example, cutting out meat, using less plastic and driving less.
Sustainability is huge at Rider, and if you don’t understand why our school is doing this, or what it means, you now have a better idea. You can add the sustainability studies minor to any major on campus. This way, when someone asks about an aspect of going green, you have an answer.
If you have any more questions, please contact Melissa Greenberg or the Eco-Reps and come out to our events. We have campus sustainability day Oct. 23, and our green speaker, Adrian Grenier, on Oct. 24. Remember to keep learning and sharing.