The ever-increasing demand for products and services is taking a toll on the environment. Exploitation of resources and manufacturing by-products are increasing stresses on the natural world.
The reductions in consumption for countries are largely based on the premise that they should consume no more than their fair share of resources – a premise that recognises that it is inequality that drives environmental destruction and conflict. Consumption reduction is a challenge that the UK has to face in order to achieve sustainable development.
As consumers, we often use too much, for example energy or water. Sometimes we produce too much, for example food or waste products. Using too many natural and sometimes non-renewable resources (like fossil fuels) today means fewer will be available for future generations. There are many we as individuals can reduce the amount we consume. Have a look at the others sections on energy efficiency, waste recycling and water consumption to find out how.