The Challenges of the 21st century
With the rapid increase of the world’s population and the consequent effects of human activity on the environment, over the recent decades we have witnessed an unprecedented increase in the number of extreme weather events, such as heat waves, droughts, floods, cyclones and so on.
Thus, with consideration for the environmental issue and the ubiquitous threat they pose, a lot of people, international organisations, and even governments have concerned themselves with coming up with solutions that would mitigate the effects of climate change. As a result, sustainable living has emerged as one of the possible answers to the problem.
What Exactly is Sustainable Living?
Sustainable living is not a new concept. Far from it. There are indications that this notion took root as far back as the 19th century. What happened was that farmers began noticing that year after year crops affected negatively the soil, which led to soil degradation. To make matters worse, the urbanisation (the migration of large population masses from rural to urban areas) and the Industrial Revolution in the 19th century only made resources more scarce. That was how people began to realise what the ramifications of their actions were, which in turn served the purpose of reaffirming the need for sustainability.
Over the next century humanity became more aware of all environmental troubles and climate change, and a lot of people started working towards countering its effects, through leading a sustainable lifestyle. Essentially, the idea of sustainable living stands for using as little of Earth’s natural resources as possible, thereby reducing the effects that human activity has on environment. And while back in the 19th century the aim of sustainable living was to better the life of the individual, now, because of the threat climate change poses to us, it has grown far beyond that, striving to protect the environment and restore balance between nature and human beings.
With environmental issues deepening, more and more people have dedicated themselves to reducing their carbon footprint by adapting that way of life and implementing it to the scale of their homes or even communities. It’s also interesting to point out that contrary to popular belief, those who have adopted that lifestyle in order to live in harmony with nature are not technologically backward. Just the opposite, most of these people have put in use some of the most advanced technologies available.
Melbourne’s Way of Helping the Earth
So if you’re interested in learning something more about how to contribute to the efforts of saving nature, or are seeking some inspiration, Melbourne’s “Sustainable Living Festival” is the place to be.
The idea for the event was born 16 years ago, in 1998, when a small group of enthusiasts came together in Musk, a small town outside of Melbourne, to share information and knowledge about sustainable living. And while it has grown and change immensely in that time, sharing ideas and information is still at its heart, and hopefully, it will continue to be.
Since its inception this innovative event has provoked considerable interest. The growing number of visitors and volunteers necessitated for the organisers to relocate the event to a more accessible location. Thus, in 2001 the “Sustainable Living Festival” was for the first time held in Alexandra gardens in the City of Melbourne.
The new location became a prerequisite for even more events to be hosted during the festival, so in that year the “Sustainable Living Festival” showcased about a hundred seminars and more than two hundred exhibitions.
Quite expectedly, the audience grew even bigger in the following year, and in 2003 the festival was to be relocated once more, this time to Federation Square. That allowed for even greater audience to be reached, so now the festival attracts around 100,000 people annually.
This year’s 16th edition of the “Sustainable Living Festival” is to be hosted over the three-week period from 7 February to 1 March. It will, as always, treat everyone interested to an amazing program of workshops, talks, film, art and markets, all organised with the sole purpose of educating the audience, raising awareness, and engaging people in the effort to save the Earth.
So come along and have some fun while learning something new about the environment and how to preserve it to the best of your abilities.