Live life cleaner by making Earth greener
What is sustainability?
In simple terms, sustainability is about meeting our own needs without having to compromise the needs of future generations. What we need to be doing is to avoid depleting our natural resources in order to be able to maintain an ecological balance for global sustainability.
There are four main pillars of sustainability Environment, Social, Human and Economic. Sustainability, in general, is not only about preserving and improving our environment but also about preserving and improving our social and economic aspects of living. All of these pillars need to be able to balance each other out in order to achieve the overarching goal of global sustainability.
St Leonards festival’s aim is to be 100% sustainable by 2031. We plan on doing so by having a complete ban on plastics and any toxic chemicals that are harmful to the environment, we plan on diverting 90% of our waste away from landfills and have all areas in the festival that require power to be run on renewable energy i.e. solar panels, bio-fuels etc. We also plan on providing alternative foods locally sourced and grown and do more collaborations with our local schools and colleges. Our goal is to use the 2021 St Leonards Festival as the starting point in implementing a more sustainable living environment. We understand and acknowledge that becoming a fully sustainable festival is a journey and not a sprint!
In partnership with A Greener Festival (https://www.agreenerfestival.com/), we plan on joining in with other festivals and organizations who are doing more to become sustainable in order for us to meet our own needs without having to compromise the needs of future generations. At St Leonard's Festival, we want to avoid depleting our natural resources in order to be able to maintain an ecological balance for global sustainability.
Reducing waste is one of the many ways that you can be sustainable and contribute to the betterment of the earth's future and for those who will be inhabiting it.
30% of our food is wasted globally across the supply chain. This contributes 8% of total global greenhouse emissions. In simple terms, by us reducing food loss and waste we as a community will be able to bring numerous benefits, one of which being and increased availability of food to those who are most vulnerable.
By reducing out waste we can lesson the impact on our agriculture and freshwater locations. Managing our waste and reducing it means we can conserve the space in our landfills and reduce the need to build more more landfills which take up a substantial amount of space and is a source of air and water pollutions.
Noise pollution is thought to be any kind of unwanted or disturbing sound that can affect our health and other organisms. The invisible danger of noise pollution can cause health problems for many people and for wildlife, both on the land in the sea.
This sort of pollution impacts millions of people from all age groups, particularly children on a regular basis. Exposure to loud noises can also cause high blood pressure, heart disease, sleep disturbance, and stress
There are a variety of sources of noise pollution. The three most damaging sounds that cause the most pollution come form: Industrial Machinery, Vehicles and commercial construction projects. Blocking out the noise with materials, noise absorbents or nature such as trees and natural resources can be the best ways to reduce noise pollution.
TRAVEL & TRAFFIC CONGESTION
Congestion essentially relates to an excess amount of vehicles on a portion of roadway at a particular time which results in speeds that are slower than "normal" or "free-flow" speeds. Congestion often means stopped or stop-and-go traffic.
Congestion occurs when there is a demand for road space that exceeds the supply. Therefore meaning that building new roads or adding more lanes to current existing roads may seem like the most obvious solution. This sounds logical and seems like a good idea as this means we get an expansion of our cities as our roads serving our cities grow.
However, traffic congestion elevates pollution. It increases travel time and fuel costs, this adversely effects the organization and employees that are distributing goods and services. Severe congestions may lead to drivers being involved in "road rage" incidents that can have a major impact for instance, increased stress, major damage to vehicles, injuries to drivers and passengers and in some cases death.
FOOD & WATER
Food and water go hand in hand when in comes to sustainable living. Water scarcity has a huge impact on food production. Without water people do not have a means of watering their crops and, therefore, to provide food for the fast growing population. This can cause the use of more water than is necessary or for there not to be enough water to ensure that we can produce healthy crops for consumption.
Water is an essential resource that all living beings depend on and it is also crucial to all social and economic developments. Water pollution is toxic water that cannot be drunk or used for any essential purposes like agriculture. The pollutants of water include; bacteria, viruses, parasites, fertilisers, pesticides, pharmaceutical products, nitrates, phosphates, plastics, faecal waste and even radioactive substances.
Pollution of our water is caused by a many number of things such as:
- Global Warming: The rise in global temperatures caused by CO2 emissions heat the water which reduces it's oxygen content.
- Deforestation: Cutting down our forests is an exhaustion on our water resource. In doing so can generate organic residue which becomes a breeding ground for harmful bacteria.
- Rubbish and faecal water dumping: United Nations (UN) have said that more than 80% of the worlds sewage finds it way into the seas and rivers untreated.
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