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What does sustainability mean to you?

Wednesday, May. 6, 2009

Reflecting on the sustainability quote “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the needs of the future”, it makes sense to consider the long term and short term effects of our actions. If you think about saving the environment now you also can’t do everything and leave problems that will happen in the long run for future generations. Part of sustainability should include awareness about the long term effects and ideas to minimize the harmful long term effects and magnify the positive effects.

A significant part of sustainability is also educating and serving. This is why the mentor program with high schools is important because it involves the SCU students serving while educating the younger generations. This program really emphasizes the ripple effect that when one person teaches another and then they continue the domino chain, many people can be educated as a result. Also, mentoring can be helpful because many ideas can develop in conversation and action and little by little one goes a long way. By creating small changes they can add up to a huge change in helping our environment.

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