Why is Sustainable Living Important?

It is important that people try to live more eco-friendly lives. We take a look at the key reasons why we must look after the earth, including the impact of global warming.

Here at Esquires Coffee, we are passionate about helping to protect the environment. As the fastest-growing ethical coffee chain in the UK, we understand how much it matters to our customers. We enjoy being able to support them in making conscious decisions about their impact on the planet.

Why is Sustainable Living Important?

Here at Esquires Coffee, we are passionate about helping to protect the environment. As the UK’s fastest-growing ethical coffee franchise, we understand how much it matters to our customers. We enjoy being able to support them in making conscious decisions about their impact on the planet.
Everyone can help protect the environment in their way, and some can do more than others. However, everyone should be making an effort to live their lives more sustainably. Whether it’s changing our diets, how we travel, or what items we choose to buy, there are ways each of us as individuals can help to support our planet. There are also many swaps to make businesses eco-friendly.
That being said, there are still some people who are unsure of the importance of sustainable living. Here, we explain some of the critical reasons why people need to go that little extra for the sake of the earth.

green grass in a field at sunset

Finite Resources

People have always known that many of the resources available to them are in limited supply. However, our modern-day reliance on non-renewable goods has become critical. Without significant changes to how we live, vital parts of our daily lives could disappear.
The most significant example of this reduction in available resources can be found in fossil fuels. Civilisations have relied on oil, coal and natural gas to power much of their successes, and even now, these non-renewables provide around 80% of the world’s energy. These products take millennia to form and once they’re gone, they are gone for good. Therefore, people need to make a conscious effort to reduce the number of fossil fuels they are using. Also, if possible, people should switch to renewable alternatives, such as wind and solar energy.

wind turbines against a blue sky

Reducing Climate Change Impacts

While the finite nature of non-renewable energy sources is one concern, a much larger problem is their impact on the world’s climate. Sources such as coal and oil are heavily carbonised and, when burned for energy, release these compounds into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide, alongside other greenhouse gases, trap heat in our atmosphere and are the primary cause of climate change.
Put simply, global warming is the irregular fluctuations in average temperatures as a result of human activity. However, its impact is much more than just warmer summers and colder winters. Climate change has led to an increase in extreme weather events, threatening not only the environment but also people who live in these areas around the world. Climate change has also led to melting ice sheets across the globe, which are expected to cause dramatic increases in global sea levels. These sea level rises are a real threat to many major low-lying towns and cities across the world, including here in the UK.
Again, there are many ways people can reduce their impact with regards to climate change. Whilst using renewable energy is a significant way of reducing your impact, simpler switches, such as using reusable goods and cutting back on plastics, can also help the planet.

Animals of the World

Many of us don’t realise just how diverse our planet is! According to biologists, up to 8.7 million different species live on the earth, of which only 1.3 million have been discovered. Unfortunately, it is these animals that are expected to suffer most from climate change.
Variations in temperatures and seasons throw animal cycles off course, putting many species at risk. And these challenges do not even account for the impact of practices such as farming and deforestation.
It is believed that 55% of wild animals have disappeared in the last 40 years. Meanwhile, 75% of insects have been lost due to global warming in the past 30 years. The impact of these losses is more than just losing the opportunity to admire the diversity of the world. Many of these animals, particularly insects, play a significant role in the production of fruits, vegetables and crops, while also contributing to the wider ecosystem as a whole. It is essential we do what we can to help support endangered species, especially those that play such a vital role in our lives.

yellow bee on purple lavender

Thankfully, as technology has improved, we are now living in a time when it is easier than ever to live sustainably. Everyone can contribute to the effort through their purchasing decisions, which is why we at Esquires Coffee have achieved such success over the last few years. Our strong ethical and sustainable ethos allow customers to enjoy Fair Trade, responsibly sourced coffee while supporting a company that shares their values.

If you want to learn more about sustainability in coffee shops, check out our article on why coffee shops are so popular.

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