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An important part of environmental action is sustainability. What will the future look like? How can we change what we are doing now to better suit our needs, as well as preserving our planet? Sustainability is integral to these efforts. It is a new way of thinking, and in a broad scope.

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Chelsea ReinhardtCOMM 4282Larry Erbert11 December 2012SustainabilityAn important part of environmental action is sustainability. What will the future look like? How can we change what we are doing now to better suit our needs, as well as preserving our planet? Sustainability is integral to these efforts. It is a new way of thinking, and in a broad scope, much can be done in this arena. It is estimated that we are using one a half Earths. Clearly, we only have one Earth (Living Planet), and thus need to investigate further our options for the future. To understand sustainability, one must first understand the environment, and what we are doing to it. We are using 50% more resources than we currently have, or can maintain at a reasonable cost to nature and ourselves (Living Planet). Of this amount, Americans are responsible for using more resources than most other countries. In fact, the U.S has the fifth highest ecological footprint (Living Planet). An ecological footprint is the amount of land and resources used, much like a carbon footprint but takes it further (Best Foot Forward). It involves your choices about where you drive, what you eat and where that food comes from, the amount of energy, water and electricity used in your home, where you get said energy, and how much waste you produce, and how you dispose of it (Best Foot Forward). For instance, someone living in a small to medium home who eats local and organic foods, recycles everythi

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