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Sustainable Living

Sustainable living deals with all individual and collective activities that make a difference for the planet. Habits and routines that touch upon food, fashion, transportation or heating, as well as access to health, water and clean air are part of what makes sustainable living.


It is really, hard for humans to fathom their collective power as a species, not as individuals. Just like voting and the belief that “my vote won’t change anything”, a lot of people assume that their footprint won’t make a difference.


The transport and communication revolutions have shrunk and connected our planet in an unprecedented way. Consequently, we have also seen the apparition of global, common issues, such as the ozone layer, nuclear risk or the death of Michael Jackson.


Such causes connect each individual to the greater unit in which his actions should be understood. You, I, they are a one-man army. The temptation is also strong to throw the entire responsibility at private businesses and governments, who have theoretically more power to change things on a larger scale and faster.


This would be an arbitrary starting point of a process that is circular. Governments answer to desires and demands of their own societies. It is vital we understand that collective action is built with and only with individuals.


Everyday gestures are the ones that you do the most. Small gestures are the most impactful gestures you do in your life. Same goes for the environment. Refusal to use plastic bags, straws or the type of transport one chooses echoes in the depth of the oceans, as far as the Congolese rainforest, and high up in the outer atmosphere.


"Everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same." Use your power. Be one of the good guys.


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DATA INSIGHTS


Natural Capital Dependency

Informs the country’s reliance on ecosystem goods and services which in turn are influenced by climate change.

The ecosystem provides a wide range of goods and services including recreation, educational opportunities, fisheries, freshwater supply, and climate regulation. These ecosystem goods and services are generated by natural capital, which refers to the stocks of natural resources (i.e. water, air, plants, biodiversity and minerals). Natural Capital Dependency indicator informs the country’s reliance on ecosystem goods and services, which in turn are, sensitive to climate change.


Fossil fuels and mineral resources are not included in natural capital. The benefits provided by natural capital not only include essential goods for human development such as food or freshwater, but also ecosystem services such as the regulation of water quality and conservation of nature. Thus, natural capital is an important parameter for countries to implement strategic ecosystem management plans and policies that promote sustainable economic growth. (UNEP FI, 2018)


Each dot in the plot represents a country and its Natural Capital Dependency score (Y-axis) on a scale from 0-1, 0 being non-dependent and 1 being strongly dependent on natural capital. At a subregional level, Africa, Asia and Latin America are highly dependent on natural capital whereas Europe, North American and Caribbean countries have a very low dependence on natural capital (with an average score of below 0.1), mainly because they have transitioned to a service economy, much less dependent on nature than on intellectual and academic output. 

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Natural Capital Dependency

Informs the country’s reliance on ecosystem goods and services which in turn are influenced by climate change.

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The ecosystem provides a wide range of goods and services including recreation, educational opportunities, fisheries, freshwater supply, and climate regulation. These ecosystem goods and services are generated by natural capital, which refers to the stocks of natural resources (i.e. water, air, plants, biodiversity and minerals). Natural Capital Dependency indicator informs the country’s reliance on ecosystem goods and services, which in turn are, sensitive to climate change.


Fossil fuels and mineral resources are not included in natural capital. The benefits provided by natural capital not only include essential goods for human development such as food or freshwater, but also ecosystem services such as the regulation of water quality and conservation of nature. Thus, natural capital is an important parameter for countries to implement strategic ecosystem management plans and policies that promote sustainable economic growth. (UNEP FI, 2018)


Each dot in the plot represents a country and its Natural Capital Dependency score (Y-axis) on a scale from 0-1, 0 being non-dependent and 1 being strongly dependent on natural capital. At a subregional level, Africa, Asia and Latin America are highly dependent on natural capital whereas Europe, North American and Caribbean countries have a very low dependence on natural capital (with an average score of below 0.1), mainly because they have transitioned to a service economy, much less dependent on nature than on intellectual and academic output. 

Pesticide Usage in Agriculture

COUNTRY'S USAGE OF PESTICIDE

Pesticides are widely used across the world to kill pests, which are harmful to crops. The use of pesticides together with the adoption of technologies has increased agricultural production and led to a significant growth in the agriculture sector. The potential hazards of pesticides include soil pollution, water contamination, human health risks and disruption of ecosystem balance.


The recent data shows that insecticides may have contaminated surface waters in over 40% of the global land area. Due to poor systems to evaluate the risks of pesticides, workers and consumers, particularly in developing countries, have high exposure to toxic pesticides. (World Bank, 2015) Thus, it is important for pesticide users to raise their awareness of potential benefits and risks associated with the use of pesticides in agriculture.


The Pesticides Use indicator informs the average amount of pesticide use in kg per hectare (1 hectare ~ two football fields) in the agriculture sector for crops and seeds in each country. Each bar in the plot represents a country and its average amount of pesticide use per hectare, based on 2013 data. The Maldives uses by far the highest amount of pesticides per hectare (34.2 kg/ha)  Organic agriculture plays a key role to achieve several SDG goals by eliminating pesticides thereby, reducing soil and water pollution; ensuring the well-being of farmers by reducing exposure to pesticides; sustaining ecosystem to meet both human and environmental needs.

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Pesticide Usage in Agriculture

COUNTRY'S USAGE OF PESTICIDE

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Pesticides are widely used across the world to kill pests, which are harmful to crops. The use of pesticides together with the adoption of technologies has increased agricultural production and led to a significant growth in the agriculture sector. The potential hazards of pesticides include soil pollution, water contamination, human health risks and disruption of ecosystem balance.


The recent data shows that insecticides may have contaminated surface waters in over 40% of the global land area. Due to poor systems to evaluate the risks of pesticides, workers and consumers, particularly in developing countries, have high exposure to toxic pesticides. (World Bank, 2015) Thus, it is important for pesticide users to raise their awareness of potential benefits and risks associated with the use of pesticides in agriculture.


The Pesticides Use indicator informs the average amount of pesticide use in kg per hectare (1 hectare ~ two football fields) in the agriculture sector for crops and seeds in each country. Each bar in the plot represents a country and its average amount of pesticide use per hectare, based on 2013 data. The Maldives uses by far the highest amount of pesticides per hectare (34.2 kg/ha)  Organic agriculture plays a key role to achieve several SDG goals by eliminating pesticides thereby, reducing soil and water pollution; ensuring the well-being of farmers by reducing exposure to pesticides; sustaining ecosystem to meet both human and environmental needs.

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