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Sustainability and Environmental Protection


Sustainability means the ability to endure. In ecological terms, the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. The oceans and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems – Invisible processes occur naturally to maintain balance, clean water, generate oxygen, and manage carbon through the world's living and non-living systems, and have sustained life for millions of years.

As the earth’s human population grows, natural ecosystems are declining and changes to their natural cycles has a negative impact on both humans and other living systems.

For us, caretakers of the planet, sustainability means the potential for long-term wellbeing, or maintenance of the status quo, which depends on the wellbeing of the earth’s ecosystems and the responsible use of natural resources. The very fact that humans even consider sustainability is an indication that we realise now that we do not want to lose what we currently have.

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