What is Sustainability Day

Sustainability Day is the fourth Wednesday of October each year. On Sustainability Day 27 Oct, people get together and think about how to be more sustainable and what are some plans for the future. People gather together to discuss and plan for the future, how to be more sustainable, and what are some problems that we need to address for a better future.

Sustainability Day Background

It is hard to say who exactly came up with Sustainability Day, however, many universities all over the world celebrate Sustainability Day. It seems to be connected to the Campus Sustainability Day, which was started in 2014. CSD stands for Campus Sustainability Day. “Each October, colleges and universities are encouraged to create events on campus and elsewhere that draw participants for the exchange of ideas and knowledge among faculty, staff, and students, from across all departments and disciplines, and even from across the campus ‘edge’ between town and gown. While each university celebrates differently, there is a common theme of reflecting and planning around the topic of sustainability. How to be more sustainable and what are actions we can take to make the world a better place, a more sustainable place.

What are the 10 rules of sustainability?

There are many ways you can get involved and you can do this alone or collectively, you don’t have to necessarily do something extraordinary or start a riot. To celebrate this day you could simply re-think some of your habits and rituals.

Here are some ideas wrote down:

#1 Donate your clothes instead of throwing them in the bin.

#2 Today, why not ride the bike instead of the car (why not every day!).

#3 Be mindful of your water consumption

#4 Recycle, reuse, repurpose clothes (eh, not just clothes).

#5 Use a reusable water bottle, or reusable straws anybody?

#6 Support and investigate brands that are sustainable. Don’t know where to find them? 

#7 If you are shopping online today, order locally.

#8 Why not try to buy second-hand clothes?

#9 Give it a go to vegan boots and bags 

#10 And finally, buy less and buy better!

Share and Be Sustainable

You should do something. If you are still a student, check out if your school has a Sustainability Day event, if not, it could be something you take initiative and start. If there is one, participate, join, listen, and get involved. Share with others what you have found out or did, spread the word and get more people to participate in the years coming. On Sustainability Day, we want to gather people and do something for the future. Whether it is reflecting what we are currently doing and how to improve or plan. Every small thing that you decide to do for Sustainability Day is important and is better than nothing.

About the Author: Hajra Ashfaq is doing BS in Environmental Science (5th semester) from GCWUS. She is also a green blogger and an executive member of Marketing Team of “The Earth Needs Love”.