Jessica Stella

A sustainable living glossary

Sustainable living is a practical philosophy that aims to reduce personal and societal environmental impact by making positive changes which counteract climate change and other negative environmental concerns. As you begin your journey to live a more sustainable life, understanding these concepts will help you tackle daily issues. 

Climate Crisis

Climate crisis is a term describing global warming and climate change, and their consequences. A situation characterized by the threat of highly dangerous, irreversible changes to the global climate.

Mindfulness

Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle and nurturing lens.

Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is generally defined as cotton that is grown organically in subtropical countries such as India, Turkey, China, and parts of the USA from non-genetically modified plants. It is produced without the use of any synthetic agricultural chemicals such as fertilizers or pesticides aside from the ones allowed by the certified organic labeling.

Overconsumption

The action or fact of consuming something in excess.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is energy from energy sources that are derived from the sun, wind, or other natural processes that are always available.

Resources

A stock or supply of money, materials, staff and other assets that can be drawn on by a person or organisation in order to function effectively.

Sustainability

Avoidance of the depletion of natural resources in order to maintain an ecological balance.

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or Global Goals are a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”.[1]

Self-care 

The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.

Earth Overshoot Day

Earth Overshoot Day marks the date when humanity’s demand for ecological resources and services in a given year exceeds what Earth can regenerate in that year.

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