Sustainability is a modern-day buzzword, but what is it, really? The original definition is: "Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". This is incredibly important to consider in the current times. Unfortunately, the development of humankind so far has not been sustainable at all, and the result is that we are living in an environment and climate emergency. We have about 11 years left to overturn a climate change catastrophe.

To make this happen, we need systemic change in how societies operate around the world. Since societies are made up of individuals, your personal actions do matter. SUSU encourages all students to think about sustainability and be more conscious in their life choices.

Are you ready? Below are some top tips from us on how to get started. This is an introduction to two types of opportunities: changing your lifestyle and using your voice and skills.

SUSU top 4 sustainable lifestyle tips

Change your diet

One of the biggest ways to reduce your carbon footprint lies in what goes on your plate. The most important point to note is that most meat and dairy production is, by nature, highly inefficient, and is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions and deforestation. A plant-based diet is significantly better for the planet than a meat-heavy one. So here are some ways to tweak your diet in order to preserve our home. 

Swap your plastic

While it is difficult to fully avoid plastic packaging, there are many things you can do to limit the amount you end up using (and throwing away).

Eat your food

Did you know that 30 to 50% of all food is wasted? This means that all of the resources like land, water, money and labour that went into producing it, as well as the greenhouse gases emitted in the process, were for naught. With increasing food demands due to growing population and climate change, this clearly isn't sustainable. So let's start eating more mindfully.

Use your voice

While individual actions are all well and good, there is no doubt that systemic change is needed - and in order to achieve that, it is best to act together. Speak up, rise up, volunteer - your actions and your voice matter!

We are working on a more comprehensive sustainability guide with even more resources, so keep an eye out!