Sustainable means that something is able to last or continue for a long time. It relates to the preservation of the environment, as well as the health of humans and animals, for generations to come.
We do not exist in a vacuum. Climate change is a pressing threat to human health, and the way we treat the Earth reverberates in the physical environment, and also in our own physiology. Chronic diseases and health conditions such as cancer, asthma, reproductive problems, and developmental disabilities have all been linked in some way to toxic environmental exposures. So has the deteriorating health of our planet. Noxious chemicals emitted into the atmosphere have undeniably contributed to a changing climate here on Earth that threatens the health of all living beings, human or otherwise, and will for generations to come.
To live sustainably means to consider how we can more kindly treat our planet, so that it does the same to us in return. Whether through supporting organic farming practices, avoiding toxic substances and opting for safer chemicals, or becoming fluent in the language of recycling, there is so much you can do to live sustainably. Start now. Start here.
Sustainability at HackensackUMC