Sustainability Questions Shannah 1. In your own words, describe sustainability. 2 marks Sustainability is meeting our current generations need while keeping in mind the future generations needs as well. 2. What does it mean when we say that ecosystems are sustainable and what is most important in maintaining their sustainability? 2 marks When we say that ecosystems are sustainable it means that we are using it as we need it right now but we are always keeping in mind what needs will need in the future. The most important part about maintaining their stainability is by not limiting the future generations needs. 3. Explain how human activities are interfering with the sustainability of ecosystems. 2 marks Human activities are interfering with the sustainability of ecosystems by polluting them, and cutting down their trees which interferes with the the wildlife’s habitat. We also take land from the ecosystems to build cities and much more. 4. Explain the concept of sustainable development. Provide an example in your answer. 2 marks The concept of sustainable development is to do something that we need to have done right now, but do something that will help in the future also. For instance, if we cut down a tree, plant a new tree and get a bird house for the birds that may have lived in it. 5. The recycling of nutrients is key to sustainability. Identify three ways you personally impact the carbon and nitrogen cycles. 3 marks I ride cars, update my technology every once in a while (get new) and sometimes forget to turn off the lights and tv. 6. Choose five new habits that you could easily adopt into your lifestyle that can have a direct affect on the planet as a whole. How will your changes be beneficial? 5 marks I could buy a car that is good on gas, or a hybrid making it better on the environment. Also, I could walk more often or catch the bus instead of driving somewhere. I could re-use my electronic products and take good care of them so I don’t have to throw them out. Another ways I can help the planet is by watching how much water I use. I could choose showers instead of having a bath. Lastly, I can watch the electricity I use by remembering to turn off lights and turning off appliances. 7. Give one example of a sustainable activity and one example of a nonsustainable activity. 2 marks An example of a sustainable activity is leaving earlier and walking, taking the bus, or car pooling to the place you need to go. An example of a non-sustainable activity is leaving the lights on in the house even when you’re not there. 8. One of the keys to sustainability is “getting more from less”. Describe an example of this principle you can apply for yourself. 2 marks A good way to “get more from less” is reusing stuff. For instance, I could take egg cartons and other recycling stuff when I babysit to make crafts.