Why should we ditch the word ‘sustainability’?
Sustainability is a buzzword we’re used to hearing. Some say that the term is dead.
That’s because the nature of the term ‘sustainable’ is a stagnant one. By definition ‘sustainable’ means: ‘able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.’ We are already living in a damaged world and, for me, the notion of sustainability is merely maintaining what we have left. This idea is, at best, only slightly helpful and, at worst, a lazy approach to what we should be trying to achieve. Sustainability certainly isn’t helping the dead oyster reef shown here.
Looking at the natural world as a business
My facilities management company is about people and buildings, but it’s also about business — revenues and resources. You can think of the natural world like a business — where revenues are declining fast and every year returns from our environment are decreasing as we deplete our resources. If we could only return to a revenue stream of years ago — of more trees and abundant wildlife habitats or cleaner waterways with plentiful fish stocks — we wouldn’t be in the same boat now.
Water pollution is one of the world’s most pressing issues. Unfortunately, the problem is constantly exacerbated by over use of plastics. Since very few people are prepared to begin buying fewer things from supermarkets, fast food restaurants, and elsewhere, the only practical way to cut down on the bulk of water pollution that the world is currently plagued by is for restaurants to wave goodbye to plastic straws, manufacturers to get rid of plastic packaging, and for businesses to not support manufacturers that use irresponsibly-sourced packaging.
Even though most people are fully aware of the fact that planet Earth is full of polluted ocean water, objectively few people understand the specifics of the pollution problem society is currently facing.
Here are several interesting facts about water pollution from 2018 & 2019 research.
- 14 billion pounds of plastics are dumped into the ocean each year
- 80% of wastewater contaminates groundwater after treatment
- Humans add 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated wastewater into water supply each year
- By 2050 47% of people on earth will struggle to find drinking water
- 18 billion pounds of post consumer plastic waste drains into oceans yearly
How to replenish our world?
In all ecosystems, we must learn to recover and replenish what has been lost. We should be looking at the potential of production — not trying to spread around the scarce resources that remain.
Want to lower emissions?
Plant more trees
Want to eat more fish?
Begin cleaning up our waterways. In North Shore City alone, over 12,000 kilograms of dirt and over 75,000 liters of chemical detergent enter into the water supply every year (those who wash their cars at home can be big polluters due to run off into stormwater drains).
Recovery and reclamation
Recovery needs to be the focus and reclamation should be the goal. The good news is that such initiatives are happening (as with SOAPBOTTLES) and that they are incredibly effective and provide hope for the future.
Havencab and National FM can consult to reclaim and recover resources
The Havencab Property Group specialises in recovery and reclamation of resources that are generated from multi-story buildings. As part of Havencab Property Group, National FM and their specialist staff can advise developers on resource recovery and reclamation as well as space optimisation for high end developments. Our specialists can also implement programs and events that will enhance community compliance for resource recovery. Talk with us about how.