Sunshine Association for Sustainable Development

Sunshine Association for Sustainable Development

August 6, 2015
by Sunny Days
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How to Help the Environment by Decreasing Your Carbon Footprint

How to Help the Environment by Decreasing Your Carbon FootprintWe know that climate change is greatly affecting our planet. The heat index is greatly increasing and is causing severe changes in our weather conditions. Flora and fauna are both suffering immense loss in population due to this harsh conditions. Many people get sick due to the changing weather. Slowly the planet is becoming unliveable.

As human beings we are assigned to be the caretakers of this planet. Each and every one of us has the duty to keep this planet alive for the future of our species as well as for the animals and plants. If only animals and plants lived in our planet, the topography will not change a lot, however humans in order to progress, has invented machines that has caused change. The damage that has been caused by human existence is nearly irreversible. On the other hand, we can help slow down the destruction of our planet by minimizing our carbon foot print and living a life that is eco-friendly.

People would normally think that living an ecologically sound life is difficult but this is not the case. We can do a few steps in order to shape the future of our planet into a brighter one. Following the three R’s of ecological living can help us do this

Reduce

In order to minimize our carbon footprint we must always try to reduce our usage of everything. We must first reduce our garbage. This can be done by separating our biodegradable waste from the non-biodegradable waste. If this is done. There will zero garbage since all biodegradable garbage can be used as compost and the non-biodegradable waste can be recycled. We must also reduce our water consumption. When we brush our teeth, must use a glass to prevent water being wasted. When we shower we must turn the water off when we soap ourselves. Water is as old as this planet. The water that we drink today took millions of years to be created. And even though there is now the technology to create fresh water from salt water, we must still conserve water since this affects the balance of life.

We should also conserve food and avoid throwing food by cooking enough amounts only and consuming what we have put on our plates. We need to conserve trees and reduce the cut down of forests by reducing our use of paper such going paperless for our bills and lessening the use of toilet paper and tissue. Electricity is another key player that we need to reduce. We must unplug our electronics when not in use since if they are plugged in, they still use about 25% of the total wattage they have. We can not only save the environment by doing so, we can also save money from our electric bills.

How about living in a tiny house? Most American and European houses consume much due to the size of the property. A 300sq foot hour or about 30sqm is liveable for about two to three adults. In Asian countries, people stay in such houses and live normal lives. Many people think they need much space to enjoy life. On the contrary, if one lives in a smaller house there is less time needed to clean and more time to do other things you would like to enjoy.

Reuse

Reusing things can be a big step towards saving the planet and minimizing our carbon footprint. There has been a movement towards a phone that can be changed to the specs you only need eliminating the need to buy a new mobile device. Electronic waste accounts for a big percentage of our garbage in the recent years. Reusing bottles as containers can be a big way to avoid garbage. Bringing reusable bags can also eliminate the need for plastic or even paper in the supermarket. The difference of reusing and recycling is the latter does not need much change or any physical or chemical processes to allow the item to be used again.

Recycle

Recycling is a step that people can do in their houses or can be projects to be done by a community or even the government. Recycling paper and plastic is a big step to clean up the surrounding and keep the oceans and bodies of water clean. Since plastic takes millions of years to decompose, we must learn how to recycle it. There has been a popular shoe brand, Adidas who has created a shoe out of plastics floating in the ocean. Paper recycling is a fun activity that kids and adults can enjoy.  Rubber can be reused to create new rubber products. Steel can be melted and used again. Parts of computers can even be mined for gold parts and other components can be reintegrated to new sets.

If we want our children and their children to live in an environment that does not cause them to get sick or even die, we must learn to live a life that does not damage our planet. We must show that we care. Little things do matter. If we do not do anything to improve our current situation, the effects of climate change will destroy mankind. We experience sweltering heat near the tropics and overly cold winters in the higher planes. But we can do something about it. We must act now. Because tomorrow may be too late.

November 14, 2014
by Sunny Days
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A Quick Guide to the Basics of Sustainable Development

bio-42609_1280The term sustainable development is often used in political and economic circles when talking about steps that can be taken to improve the economy of certain areas and to provide for the needs of citizens. However, not everyone understands what is meant by this phrase and the concept overall.

It’s vital that a person understand the basics of the concept so that they can have a better idea of why it’s so important and how they can be a part of such development. Consider a few basics when it comes to this term and how it can be applied in both a political and economic setting.

Understanding Sustainable

The term sustainable refers to the use of something such as natural resources in such a way that it doesn’t compromise its availability in the future. As an example, bamboo is often called a sustainable material because it grows so fast; some varieties of bamboo grow up to three feet in one day. When there is a demand for wood such as for building or remodeling, a company might choose to harvest bamboo because they can take what they need now without compromising the availability of this material in the future.

The word may be used to describe materials that are naturally abundant such as that bamboo, or it may refer to proactive steps being taken in order to create that sustainability. For instance, a company may plant a certain number of trees to compensate for the trees it harvests, creating sustainability.

Sustainable Health

As well as putting into practice sustainable usage of resources, we also need to look at the way we are using chemicals on the land, on our bodies and in our foods and products.  Continually using pesticides is not sustainable as it has unfortunate consequences for plant and animal life and also for the nutrition levels in our food.  Moreover many of the chemicals declared as safe by the FDA and other organisations, are in fact toxic with regular use.  Often the studies that show that they are safe in a particular product do not take into account the cumulative effect on the body of these poisons, and also the multitude of products and foods that they can be found in. A good example of this can be seen in chemical dog worming treatments and also flea treatments for dogs.  We recommend using a natural dog wormer to avoid nasty side effects in your pets.  In your own life you should aim to reduce the amount of chemicals in your diet by using less unnatural products and choosing organic or locally grown food, where possible.

protect-450593_1280Development

Development refers to anything and everything needed to be done for economic growth and stability. This refers to providing citizens their basic needs for today as well as investing in growth for the future. This would then encompass everything from food supplies to planning and designing infrastructure for cities.

Other Core Concepts

The term sustainable development also typically refers to the concept of the needs of the world’s poor, which is given priority. It then also refers to limitations put on those who are in the business of development so that they do not affect sustainability of earth’s resources, and so that those in the poorest areas of the world have the same opportunities for growth.

This is the basic concept of sustainable development. Growth and development are respected, but within boundaries that will ensure future stability and that will ensure there is no priority given to the development of one class over another.

October 30, 2014
by Sunny Days
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Important Tips for Supporting Sustainable Development in Your Everyday Life

earth-43930Sustainable development refers to providing for people’s needs now and in the future without damaging future resources. This is an important concept because everything that people do now affects future generations, especially when it comes to building and the harvesting of earth’s resources. Precious minerals that are mined now aren’t going to be available for future use, and the way cities and infrastructure are planned and built now will also affect many generations to come.

If you’re interested in sustainable development and want to take more responsibility for how your own decisions affect future generations, consider some tips for applying this theory in your everyday life.

Look for companies with fair trade practices.

Fair trade refers to paying companies and individuals in developing countries a fair price for their goods and a fair wage for their labor. This fair trade can apply, for example, to fashion designers and manufacturers who pay a fair price for cotton and other materials that are grown and harvested in developing countries. If a company that produces clothing does not engage in fair trade practices, they may be paying pennies on the dollar for the materials they receive.

The fair wage paid for laborers is also part of fair trade. This refers to farms, factories, and other companies who provide a fair, living wage to their workers and who also provide safe working environments. To qualify as a fair trade company, they not only receive a fair price for their goods but must also pay that fair wage to their own workers.

Fair trade practices protect the development of those in underdeveloped countries. By paying a fair price for goods and a fair wage for labor, this money is then put back into their economy and they too have a chance at future growth and development.

Reduce, reuse, and recycle.

This phrase has been used so often that many people simply ignore it today, but this is one of the simplest yet most effective things you can do to support sustainable development. Reduce your consumption of gasoline by walking, taking public transportation, or carpooling. Have your kids walk or ride their bikes to school and around the neighborhood when safe to do so. Reduce your utilities by investing in energy-saving appliances and shutting things off when not in use.

Reusing and recycling can be done around the home but remember to apply these tips when shopping. Buy used clothing and furniture rather than new so you can help cut down on manufacturing. Fix items around the house rather than buying new. By doing this you protect sustainability and reduce consumption.

See if you can make new trendy things from old, you can even create furniture this way – now known as upcycling. See these Upcycling ideas

jam-428094_1280Consider your everyday consumer choices.

Virtually everything you buy can and does affect sustainable development. Make changes by buying locally grown foods as this will mean less transportation to truck in items and in turn, less use of fuel. Buy recyclable batteries and light bulbs with a longer life, and choose naturally sustainable materials when you want to remodel your house. Bamboo grows very quickly and is a good choice for wood floors, and concrete can be used for countertops if it’s stained or painted to look attractive.

Consider how much paper you use around the house when it comes to paper towels and napkins and switch to washable cloths, and forego plastic bags which need to be manufactured and shipped to stores. Always opt for energy-efficient appliances and electronic devices when purchasing something new.

If you are more aware of how your choices affect sustainability then you can make better choices for yourself and your family. In turn you can be protecting development and growth for future generations.

Be happy, connect with people

Don’t forget that within all of this you must learn to be happy and lead a fulfilling life.  If you spend your time always worrying about things you may forget about other important things in life such as inner peace, connecting with others and finding love.  Why not join up with other people who feel the same as you do about sustainable and green issues.  Sometimes though even that is not enough and finding a long term partner has been proven to make you live longer and more happily which is surely part of the point of sustainability.  If you are finding it difficult to find someone you could try online dating as one of our colleagues recently did after seeing this match.com review.

http://www.thelovequeen.com/match-com-review-love-queen/

October 30, 2014
by Sunny Days
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Uncommon Sources of Renewable Energy

spatter-83169_1280Our Planet is suffering from environmental cancer. Greenhouse gases has caused Earth to heat up immensely. If we continue to rely on fossil fuel, it is estimated that earth would heat up to about six degrees Celsius by the year 2100. On the other hand, by using alternative fuel, we can slow down the heat up of the world’s surface to about one to two degrees Celsius only.

Humans have heavily suffered from the massive changes in climate in the recent years. Fields have dried up due to droughts. Hurricanes and typhoons seem to increase in speed and velocity, destroying lives and properties along the way. The icecaps are now melting causing the sea levels to rise. If we do not shift from the normal fossil fuel, humanity’s eminent death will come sooner than we think.

What are some of the Uncommon Alternative Energy Sources?

We have all heard about many sources of renewable energy. We have solar, wind, hydroelectric and geothermal energies. The use of such energy sources have increased to about 30% all over the world. Aside from this resources, there are also the uncommon sources of renewable energy.

Methane energy – Methane gas is the byproduct of burning gas and coal, landfills and your common trash. This renewable energy can be easily accessible. By using this gas, we can minimize the bad effects it does to our ozone layer such as greenhouse effect. By using Methane, it is converted from a pollutant to fuel like commodity.

Biofuel – Ethanol, which is a product derived from sugar cane can be used as a substitute to gasoline for cars. It can be used as a heat source for cold month as well. By using biofuel, we can have an alternative energy resource that can be replenished easily.

tree-wood-140567_1280Woodchips – The University of Antwerp is now currently studying the use of fast growing trees such as willows to produce woodchips. First they grow a forest that provides a good source of oxygen. The trees also absorb CO2 in the atmosphere which helps humans breathe fresh air. Once the trees reach about an inch or so in diameter, they are harvested and ground into woodchips. The woodchips are then sold to be used in power plants. They are also used for heating by helping create steam in houses and livestock farms.

Kinetic Energy – Have you ever seen a mouse running on a wheel? Well as the wheel spins, it produces kinetic energy that can power a small light bulb. The same principle can used in households. There has been experiments where humans using stationary bicycles or treadmills which are connected to batteries which in turn stores energy. This renewable energy resource is beneficial in many ways. First it allows the person to produce small amounts of electricity that can be used to power laptops, cellphones or light bulbs. Second, the person benefits by getting physical exercise to sustain vitality. This energy resource may not be able to power a whole house but would be very useful to help the environment.

There is only one Earth. If our planet continues to degrade and change it may turn into a hostile desert where humans may not be able to survive. If the ice caps continue to melt, then the water may flood all the available land killing both humans and animals. We must do something now while we have the time. We must minimize our carbon footprints. Renewable energy is one of the answers to the cancer that is now eating our beloved planet.