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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Sustainable Living: Easy Changes You Can Make in Your Daily Life

May 4, 2023

I want to have a conversation with you about sustainable living and the environment. These days, we hear a lot about sustainability, but what does the term "sustainability" actually mean? To describe it in the simplest terms possible, sustainability refers to satisfying the requirements of the present without jeopardizing the capacity of future generations to satisfy their own need. It is about making use of resources in a manner that does not result in their depletion or damage but rather assures that they will be available in the future.

A sustainable way of life is one that encourages us to live more sustainably in our day-to-day activities. It is about adopting methods that will lessen the influence that we have on the environment and will encourage the preservation of natural resources. It entails making deliberate decisions regarding the things that we purchase, the food that we consume, and the way that we conduct our life.

Reducing our energy usage by switching to energy-efficient appliances, shutting off lights and devices when they are not in use, and opting for renewable energy sources such as solar or wind power are all components of a sustainable way of living. It entails repairing any leaks you find, taking showers that are shorter than usual, and installing a showerhead with a lower flow rate. It involves avoiding single-use plastics, recycling materials, and composting food scraps in order to cut down on waste.

Making informed decisions about the food we consume is another component of living a sustainable lifestyle. Selecting produce that is locally grown, organic, and in season not only helps support local farmers but also decreases the carbon footprint that our food has.

Supporting eco-friendly businesses that place an emphasis on environmental responsibility and sustainability is another important component of living a sustainable lifestyle, which also includes the individual acts listed above. It includes being attentive to the effects that our decisions have on the world and the communities in which we live, as well as advocating for laws and practices that promote sustainability on a larger scale.

Every one of us is responsible for the creation of a future that is more environmentally friendly. We can have a significant effect on the world around us by bringing about incremental shifts in our day-to-day routines. We have the ability to assist in making it possible for future generations to have access to the resources they will require in order to flourish. Let's commit to living a more sustainable lifestyle and collaborate on finding ways to make the future more sustainable for everyone.

For more information check out:

A Guide To Sustainable Living: Principles, Benefits and Examples

100+ Simple Tips To Live a More Sustainable Lifestyle

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