Four Conversations is an annual signature programme by the National Library where thought leaders share new possibilities for the future, while inspiring lifelong learning and the creation of new knowledge.
This resource guide has been produced to complement the conversation on Sustainable Living.
The speakers for this session are:
Sue Riddlestone OBE
Co-founder of Bioregional (UK)
Founder and Director of
Sustainable Living Lab (Singapore)
This session was moderated by Stephanie Dickson, Founder and Editor in Chief of Green Is The New Black.
Sustainable living involves making deliberate choices to reduce individual and collective environmental impact in the hope that future generations will be able to inherit a safe and healthy planet. As the earth’s resources are finite, it is crucial to reduce one’s carbon footprint by using the earth’s natural resources economically and minimising the production of waste, pollution and greenhouse gases. 1
A circular economy approach is often proposed as a means to both promote economic development and environmental sustainability. It is an economic model where materials are reused, remanufactured, recycled or recovered for as long as possible and waste generation is significantly curtailed. 2
An example of this in Singapore is how used water is treated and purified using advanced membrane technologies and ultra-violet disinfection to make NEWater. 3
There are many ways to live sustainably, such as making conscious decisions about how home appliances are used, the kind of products purchased, the type of food consumed and modes of transport used. Living sustainably not only helps to improve the well-being of our planet but also has tremendous health benefits when humans rely less on vehicles, become physically more active and consume better quality foods grown organically and locally. 4
The Circular Economy: A Simple Explanation: Cillian Lohan
The Circular Economy: A Simple Explanation: Cillian Lohan. (2018, February 18). TEDx Talks. Retrieved August 31, 2021, from https://youtu.be/cbm1MCTobVc/
Why I live a zero waste life: Lauren Singer
Why I live a zero waste life: Lauren Singer. (2015, May 27). TEDx Talks. Retrieved August 31, 2021, from https://youtu.be/pF72px2R3Hg/
Towards a greener lifestyle
Riddlestone, S. (2014, Jun-Aug). Towards a greener lifestyle. EG Magazine, 19(6), 9-11.
The COVID-19 lockdown effect on the intention to purchase sustainable brands
Alexa, L., Apetrei, A. and Sapena, J. (2021). The COVID-19 lockdown effect on the intention to purchase sustainable bands. Sustainability, 13(6), 3241.
To see a world in a grain of sand - the transformative potential of small community actions
Watabe, A. and Gilby, S. (2020). To see a world in a grain of sand - the transformative potential of small community actions. Sustainability, 12(18), 7404.
Urban gardening in Germany: Cultivating a sustainable lifestyle for the societal transition to a bioeconomy
Maier, A. and Lewandowski, I. (2019). Urban gardening in Germany: Cultivating a sustainable lifestyle for the societal transition to a bioeconomy. Sustainability, 11(3), 801.
Industry 4.0 and circular economy: Towards a wasteless future or a wasteful planet?
Mavropoulos, A. and Nilsen, A. W. (2020). Industry 4.0 and circular economy: Towards a wasteless future or a wasteful planet? Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. (Call no.: R 338.927 MAV)