‘Awareness key to achieving sustainable living’
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THROUGH empowerment, a sustainable lifestyle is achievable in Brunei, said Mas Dino Radin, country coordinator for Earth Hour Brunei.
“It’s the choices we make every day when it comes to what we use, wear or dispose of. So it’s imperative to have a synergetic approach that involves youths, government and private sectors, as well as other members of society to work together,” she said.
A sustainable lifestyle refers to attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the earth’s natural resources.
Those practicing sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption and diet.
“It is not about devaluating people’s lifestyles but about empowerment,” she said.
Mas Dino was among 24 youth ambassadors that participated in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Sustainable Consumption Production (SCP) the 4 Billion Dreams Project Training workshop in Bangkok, Thailand recently.
“As youth ambassadors, we want to encourage people to understand their choices (consumer behaviour) better and to think further about what it entails and what it means for the future,” she told The Brunei Times.
Mas Dino said attaining SCP is not only up to youths but a responsibility shared by every member of society.
Through the workshop, she said she gained better insight on how to approach the topic of SCP or sustainable lifestyles.
She said it should be inclusive and not dictatorial because people have different value systems when it comes to their consumption and production.
“One of the first things to do is better understand the reasons behind people’s lifestyle decisions.”
Once this is understood, the youth ambassador noted that it will be easier to motivate and encourage others to be more aware of their lifestyle choices.
She said this is being more aware of where things come from and whether they are made from finite or infinite resources, the processes it has to go through and how it is disposed.
“We want to encourage people to think beyond and to think more about their lifestyle choices.”
According to Mas Dino, once this is achieved, they can suggest more sustainable alternatives. “This can be as simple as refusing single-use plastic wares in takeaway food to growing your own food.”
The Brunei Times