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Environmental Change & Management: Sustainability

white windmill during daytime

Source: Tyler Casey (2019)

The way to combat climate change and the disastrous effects it has on the environment and how we live, humanity needs to prioritise sustainability. But what is sustainability, why is it important and how do we embed it in the way we work, learn and live? Read through these resources below to learn more.

What is sustainability? (University of California LA, n.d.)

Read through this website to get a summary of what sustainability actually is.

Sustainability Victoria

Sustainability Victoria support Victorians to transition to a circular, climate-resilient economy. Read through their resources to learn more about sustainability and how you can implement it in your life.

Sustainability (United Nations, n.d.)

Sustainable development requires an integrated approach that takes into consideration environmental concerns along with economic development. In 1987, the United Nations Brundtland Commission defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Today, there are almost 140 developing countries in the world seeking ways of meeting their development needs, but with the increasing threat of climate change, concrete efforts must be made to ensure development today does not negatively affect future generations. The Sustainable Development Goals form the framework for improving the lives of populations around the world and mitigating the hazardous man-made effects of climate change. Read through this link to read more about these goals.

Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Victoria

The Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability provides independent scientific reporting to inform policymakers, scientists, and the wider Victorian community on the state’s natural environment and support ecological sustainable development. Read through this website to learn about sustainability projects Victoria and read sustainability reports from Victoria.

What is sustainable and ethical fashion? (Sustainable Jungle, n.d.)

In a nutshell: sustainable and ethical fashion is an approach towards sourcing, manufacturing and designing clothes which maximizes the benefits to the fashion industry and society at large, while at the same time minimizing its impact on the environment. The two concepts overlap in ideology, but they each have slightly different concerns, both equally critical to the future of fashion. Read through this article to learn more.

What is sustainable farming and why is important for our wellbeing? (One Plate, 2019, March 1)

The demand for food is growing globally as the world’s population explodes. To meet this demand agriculture needs to increase yields without compromising the ability of future generations to provide for their food requirements. The answer to preserving our environment and stopping further damage to the ecosystem lies in sustainable farming – a system which is sustainable environmentally, socially and economically. Read through this article to learn more.

Sustainability initiatives (National Farmers Federation, n.d.)

Sustainable agricultural practices are at the heart of farming in Australia. The scale, diversity and variability of Australian agriculture demand that Australian farmers maintain the highest standards of land and animal stewardship in order to survive. Read through this website to see how different agriculture industries in Australia implement sustainable farming practices.

What is sustainable agriculture? (Union of Concerned Scientists, 2021, June 1)

There’s a transformation taking place on farms across the United States. For decades, they've produced the bulk of our food through industrial agriculture—a system dominated by large farms growing the same crops year after year, using enormous amounts of chemical pesticides and fertilizers that damage soils, water, air, and climate. This system is not built to last, because it squanders and degrades the resources that it depends on. But a growing number of innovative farmers and scientists are taking a different path, moving toward a farming system that is more sustainable—environmentally, economically, and socially. This system has room for farms of all sizes, producing a diverse range of foods, fibers, and fuels adapted to local conditions and regional markets. It uses state-of-the-art, science-based practices that maximize productivity and profit while minimizing environmental damage. Read through this article to learn more.

Australia is among the most liveable nations, but it lags other countries on sustainability (The Conservation, 2015, September 17)

Australia may be one of the most liveable places in the world, but a 2015 report ranks us in the middle when it comes to sustainability. Read through this article to learn more about this report and sustainability in Australia.

Business leaders aren’t backing up their promises on sustainable development goals (The Conservation, 2018, January 9)

It seems there is a gap between what Australian companies publicly state they are doing with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and what they are actually doing. Research found that companies are still not meaningfully disclosing the way these goals are measured and reporting their contributions. Read through this article to learn more.