Changes that individuals in the developed world should undertake to increase Environmental Sustainability.

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Introduction: Since the enforcement of the first environmental laws in the 19th century, the implementation of decrees to maximise environmental sustainability has increased dramatically – however the state of the environment is far from pristine. In order to preserve the environment, the responsibilities are not only targeted towards corporations and communities to undertake processes which support this cause, but it is crucial that each individual play a role in its conservation. With the right initiatives and values, there are a number of simple tasks households can undergo and incorporate within their daily routines to assist in the preservation of nature (Nováček,2013). By supporting sustainable energy sources, cutting unnecessary energy consumption, reducing, reusing and recycling, buying local to support the local economy, and most importantly; educating others, individuals in the developed world can reduce the pressures being placed on the environment and contribute to sustainability within their everyday lifestyles Body: A number of terms directly relate to environmental sustainability and the process of individuals incorporating sustainable measures within their daily routines – and the effect of which this has on the state of the environment, these terms include: Sustainability: “The degree of which a process or enterprise is able to be maintained or continued while avoiding the long term depletion of natural resources.” (Oxford online dictionary, 2014) Lifestyle – "A style or way of living (associated with an individual person, a society, etc.) ... the characteristic manner in which a person lives (or chooses to live) his or her life." (Oxford Online Dictionary, 2014) Pressure – “Continuous physical force exerted... ... middle of paper ... ....1 G. Crabtree & N. Lewis, 2007, ‘Solar energy conversion’, Physics today, vol.60, no.3. P. Nováček, 2013, “Human Values Compatible with Sustainable Development”, Journal of Human Values vol. 19 no. 15-13, pp.4-6 Unknown, ‘Sustainable definition’, Oxford Dictionary, viewed 12th April 2014. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/sustainable Unknown, ‘Sustainable development definition’, Oxford Dictionary, viewed 12th April 2014. http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/ Unknown, 2014 ‘Solar power’, Living Greener, viewed 7th June 2014. http://www.livinggreener.gov.au/energy/solar-wind-hydro/solar-power#how_much_power_can_i_generate Unknown, 2014, ‘Getting Started – Energy’, Living Greener, viewed 9th June, 2014. http://www.livinggreener.gov.au/energy/energy-efficient-living/get-started-energy#things_you_can_do_to_start_saving_energy_now

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