Sustainability is the ability to maintain functional resources, be they natural, mechanical, economical or simply the health of human livelihood. Protection of the British Isles and the support of its natural resources will rely upon the practices of ‘sustainability’.
Our future depends upon a greater respect toward the ecological environments of wetlands, forests and agricultural lands. This includes the equilibrium of the fauna and flora of all such land. Society must regulate to develop and protect our natural resources in order to sustain the human species.
In this modern world of rising populations coupled with increasing temperatures, the outcomes appear to be inevitable. Large numbers of people from the southern hemisphere will continue to migrate north to avoid drought, famine and oppressive hardships. This will cause additional and rising pressures upon the established communities of Europe and the United States of America.
The developed economic resources of the world are heavily concentrated on the north western hemisphere. This causes a disproportionate draw on movements. Immigration is also increased by the ambitious desire for education from people seeking a better future. Increased population will demand more housing and infrastructures. Such changes may force a need for intensified farming methods.
It is an imperative that policies are formed to prepare for the inevitable changes that will occur. Sustaining the planet must begin at home. The need to sustain farm land and water supplies is a basic requirement for the survival of the nation. If the UK is to flourish, post Brexit, it must adopt environmental policies that support sustainable control over natural resources. An important resource is the safe supply of water, for drinking, cooking, washing and cleaning purposes.
Global regulations will be necessary to sustain the planet. Bio-security is required to avoid risks from invasive species. Bio-diversity must not impede agricultural or domestic development. Much of the attempts to regulate and sustain the natural environment will of course be terrain dependant. In such instances regulation would be modified accordingly.
The quality of water and the air we breathe will require standard regulation. Climate changes will need monitoring to ensure that there are no unexpected environmental issues. Britain’s own unilateral ‘Climate Change Act’ imposes tough requirements for “cutting carbon emissions by 80% on 1990 levels by 2050”.
Following the departure from the EU there will be a new scheme to replace the Common Agricultural Policy. This is likely to encourage healthier soil and richer biodiversity. There is an argument for the restoration of nature where depletion has taken place. Encouragement by subsidies may look to restore fish stocks in the oceans, rivers and lakes. Natural conditions for food production may be improved by attention to biodiversity and changes in farming methods.
Much has been said about ‘wilding’ the landscape and the introduction of predating species to reduce over stocks of unwanted forms of wildlife. It is most important that careful attention is given to the balanced wildlife, fauna and flora that form the multifunctional infrastructure of our sustainable future. With better protective policies for the indigenous wildlife, vegetation and soil conditions, they will together form an improved and more sustainable ecosystem.Sustainable-Water-Supply