MapOur ability to change the face of the planet escalates at a faster rate than our ability to foresee the consequences of our changes. Meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs is the concept behind sustainability. As human population has increased, natural ecosystems have declined, causing changes in the balance of Earth’s natural cycles. The dimensions of sustainable living are referred to as not only being environmental, but social and economic as well.

The understanding of sustainability and Earth’s ecosystems is gained from ecology, climatology, and oceanography. Together they are coordinated with knowledge about human interrelationships gained from the social and economic sciences. Sustainability helps to evaluate and minimize the consequences, regionally and worldwide, of human impacts now and in the future.

If natural resources such as soil, nutrients, and water are used up at a rate faster than they are replenished, then the farming system is unsustainable. By using building materials that require cutting down trees faster than they are able to re-grow, we are not practicing sustainable building either. A sustainable building, or green building, is the outcome of a sustainable design that focuses on increasing the efficiency of resource use — energy, water, and building materials — while reducing impacts on human health and the environment.

Sustainable design aims to provide ways of building that use less non-renewable material, less energy, and cause less pollution and less waste while still providing safe and sufficient dwellings. It is a process of originating and developing a plan for a structure with the intention to be green. There is much potential for bamboo to provide long-term sustainable improvements in environmental, social, and economic wellbeing.  Adopting a sustainable lifestyle is our best solution for preserving life and creating sustainability for future generations.

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