By: Yousef Abunemeh
What is Sustainability
Sustainability is creating and maintaining the conditions under which humans and nature are able to co-exist in productive harmony, while fulfilling the social, economic, and other requirements of present and future generations. If an item or an activity is said to be sustainable, then it should be able to last forever under all circumstances.
Hybrid cars are much more fuel efficient than conventional vehicles. They are much more likely to reduce the amount of the Carbon Dioxide released from fuel emissions. That is because the average mileage for a hybrid is 38.7 miles per gallon while conventional cars average only about 26.7 miles per gallon. Therefore, hybrid cars require far less gas to cover the same distance. Also, every gallon of gasoline contains 20 pounds of carbon dioxide that means that for every 100 miles, a hybrid car will emit 23.3 pounds less than a conventional car.
Plants, animals, and microorganisms all need to co-exist. That is what biodiversity means. Almost all cultures have in some form recognized the importance and necessity of nature and its biological diversity and the need to maintain it. That is when all of the other sustainable issues come onto play. Each one of them has an effect on biodiversity. Having biodiversity is key to having a healthy ecosystem. For example, a larger number of plant species means a greater variety of crops which ensures natural sustainability for all life forms which means that healthy ecosystems can better withstand and recover from a variety of disasters. Therefore, while humans dominate this planet, preserving the diversity in nature is a must.
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