Our EnvironmentDefine sustainability and sustainable development. What is a sustainable society? It is essential to transition to a sustainable civilization. What are the major points to transition...

Our Environment

Define sustainability and sustainable development. What is a sustainable society?

It is essential to transition to a sustainable civilization. What are the major points to transition to a sustainable future?

Describe one environmentally friendly project that has occurred in your local area? Why is it good for the environment?

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marbar57 | Elementary School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

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In response to #1 (environmentally friendly project):

Liberty Tax Service Centers nationwide are conducting the "Cell Phones For Soldiers Drive". They set up donation boxes at each one of their locations where people can drop off their old, dead, and broken cell phones and equipment. The cell phones are then recycled into usable prepaid phones and sent to servicemen overseas. 

I think this project is good for the environment because those old phones don't end up in a landfill somewhere or by the side of the road, causing clutter and litter. It's also cheaper to recycle an old phone than it is to build a new one, so this is good for the environment because we use less natural resources and create less pollution.

The biggest factor in recycling old phones is in the moral encouagement it gives the servicemen overseas as they realize we care and think about them enough to provide them with prepaid communication devices they can call home with.

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pacorz | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

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Basically, if a product can be grown quickly it is sustainable.  For example, bamboo grows faster than trees, so bamboo is more sustainable.  Resources that we cannot recreate are not sustainable, such as crude oil.  Once it is gone, we can't make more.

I beg to differ. If a product can be grown quickly is it renewable. That does not necessarily make it sustainable. The example of bamboo is a case in point; while the plant does grow very quickly, it takes a lot of energy to process it into useful products, so while bamboo is renewable, it's not a truly sustainable product for uses like fabric fiber and flooring.

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lmetcalf | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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An example of a local project that was good for environment is our communities recent "Electronics Collection Day." People where encouraged to recycle old computers, vcrs, dvd players, phones, radios, portable music players, some types of batteries and the like.  The intent of the collection group was to strip down the products and separate the materials: wire, glass, plastic, metal and then recycle it.  It saved all of those items being added to the local landfill or non-recyclable waste must go. These types of events add, a small way, to the idea of a sustainable society where there is more "use/reuse" and less waste.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The first answer describes a sustainable resource, not a sustainable society.   A sustainable society is one which does not use "too many" resources.  Of course, it is hard to know what "too many" is.  Basically, in order to create a sustainable society, we need more sources of energy that are renewable and less dependence on fossil fuels.  We need to conserve energy as well by simply being more frugal as well as by developing new technologies that give us the same things we have now but with less energy consumption.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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Basically, if a product can be grown quickly it is sustainable.  For example, bamboo grows faster than trees, so bamboo is more sustainable.  Resources that we cannot recreate are not sustainable, such as crude oil.  Once it is gone, we can't make more.

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