Environmental Sustainability Diagram
1. Global organisations can do research, devise projects and recommend assistance appropriate to sustainable development 2. Discussion of issues and agreement of policy at a global level. It is important that all countries actually implement the agreed policy so that there is a 'level playing field' in world trade 3. Organisations such as Worldwide Fund for Nature and Friends of the Earth, with support from their members, can influence both global and national actions 4. Individuals can have an immediate effect on environmental sustainability by altering their behaviour, influencing politicians and supporting environmental organisations 5. National actions need to conform with or exceed Global Policies, and should not be party-political. This route can be a bit slow - politicians are reluctant to implement potentially unpopular measures 6. Actions at national level to encourage sustainable energy generation and material consumption, coupled with development of clean technologies 7. Behaviour changes at individual and company level can have an immediate positive effect. Delay in changing will increase severity of imposed laws and taxes in longer term 8. New technologies may become economically viable in the longer term, but must use minimal non-renewable resources and maximal solar-derived energy for their manufacture and day to day running 9. Some actions which can have an immediate effect, generally by reducing energy consumption - giving more time for new technologies to be developed. 10. Need to get here as soon as possible - by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and using less resources in the short term, with technological advances in longer term. Please go to the graph by clicking link at bottom of page.

Environmental Sustainability Diagram

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