Sustainability is very often seen as a broad concept. The efforts of sustainability are often left up to local governing bodies, who may or may not make the most of their positions to create sustainable environments for us all. However, efforts made by individual people can have as significant impact on the environment as well. By simply making your household one that recycles, your family can save several trees every year (sustainablog). If every household in the United States or the world did that, we could save a fantastic amount of trees and cut back on hundreds of acres of deforestation. This contrasts, however, how we conduct transportation. The burning of fossil fuels in the United States for our everyday commuting needs are some of the largest in the world. This contributes heavily to our impact on climate change. We burned about 374 million gallons of gasoline a day in 2014 (eia.gov). The problem becomes evident when, according to our reading in The Urban Transformation, many of those working in the city rely so heavily on these fuels that any reduction in the production of them would significantly impact their ability to get to and from work. This highlights many of the problems within sustainability, where changing some of our current practices could cripple our economy. It is our job to come up with new ways to conduct our daily lives.
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3) Sclar, Elliott, Nicole Volavka-Close, and Peter Brown. “The Urbanization of Climate Change: Responding to a New Global Challenge”” The Urban Transformation: Health, Shelter and Climate Change. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013