The term is well-known these days. However, few know exactly what it really means. Lets summerize it by saying that Sustainability is the process of maintaining change in a balance fashion. It means, the exploitation of ressources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspiration.
For many in the field, sustainability includes the following interconnected domaines or pillars : environment, economic and social. Meanwhile, Sub-domains of sustainabiliy are also : cultural, technological and political. While sustainable development may be the organizing principal for some, for others, the two terms are paradoxical. Indeed, development can be considered inherently un-sustainable. In short, sustainable development is the development that meets the needs of the present without compremising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.
Nice definition when we are currently facing climate change. For instance, since the beginning of August 2018, the intended of our ressources is already mortgaged. Each year sees that deadline met earlier. Therefore, clearly Sustainability is not to be negotiated anymore. It is urgent. Now the main question is: how are we each going to try to stop that never ending need for development? Maybe start in our own house, our own backyard, our lifestyle?
FloatYourHomeBerlin is trying to give its modest answer. By creating a sustainable way of living in a big city, it hopes to trigger interest and inspire people to try to change.
Change the way we live
FloatYourHomeBerlin doesn’t give all the answers. Just few ideas to try to entice every one to be as minimalist as possible. It can start with little. As shown in the Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World, one can take action on 4 Levels : (pdf popup)
You can also explore the entire UN.ORG Guide (site popup) to Saving the World.
Here are few simple examples to start with :
- Save electricity by plugging appliances into a power strip and turning them off completely when not in use, including your computer.
- Do a bit of online research and buy only from companies that you know have sustainable practices and don’t harm the environment.
- Compost—composting food scraps can reduce climate impact while also recycling nutrients
- Recycling paper, plastic, glass & aluminium keeps landfills from growing
- Buy minimally packaged goods.
And many other local actions which can make the difference.
Soon FloatYourHomeBerlin will give you ideas and tools how to do it. All of the above with people who indeed downsize and change the way they live.