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Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual's or society's use of the Earth's natural resource and his/her own resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption and diet.[1] Proponents of sustainable living aim to conduct their lives in manners that are consistent with sustainability, in natural balance and respectful of humanity's symbiotic relationship with the Earth's natural ecology and cycles.[2] The practice and general philosophy of ecological living is highly interrelated with the overall principles of sustainable development.

Lester R. Brown, a prominent environmentalist and founder of the Worldwatch Institute and Earth Policy Institute, describes sustainable living in the 21st century as "shifting to a renewable energy-based, reuse/recycle economy with a diversified transport system."[3]

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Sustainable development

The three pillars of sustainability.[4]

Sustainable living is fundamentally the application of sustainability to lifestyle choice and decisions. Sustainability itself is expressed as meeting present ecological, societal, and economical needs without compromising these factors for future generations[5][6] Sustainable living can therefore be described as living within the innate carrying capacities defined by these factors[7].

Sustainable design and sustainable development are critical factors to sustainable living. Sustainable design encompasses the development of appropriate technology, which is a staple of sustainable living practices.[8] Sustainable development in turn is the use these technologies in infrastructure. Sustainable architecture and agriculture are the most common examples of this practice.[9]

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  1. Winter, Mick (2007). Sustainable Living: For Home, Neighborhood and Community. Westsong Publishing. ISBN 0-9659-0005-3. 
  2. The Center for Ecological Living and Learning (CELL)–philosophy
  3. "An interview with Lester Brown" by Greg Ross [1] American Scientist.
  4. Adams, W.M. (2006). "The Future of Sustainability: Re-thinking Environment and Development in the Twenty-first Century." Report of the IUCN Renowned Thinkers Meeting, 29–31 January, 2006. Retrieved on: 2009-07-25.
  5. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency "What is sustainability?" Retrieved on: 2007-08-20.
  6. United Nations General Assembly (2005). 2005 World Summit Outcome, Resolution A/60/1, adopted by the General Assembly on 15 September 2005. Retrieved on: 2009-07-25.
  7. 2b4theworld.com Private company's website; adequately offers a supporting definition of sustainable living that is supported by other definitions. Intellectual property, used with permission. Retrieved on: 2009-07-25
  8. Fritsch, Al; Paul Gallimore (2007). Healing Appalachia: Sustainable Living Through Appropriate Technology. University Press of Kentucky. pp. 2. ISBN 0-8131-2431-X.  Unknown retrieval date, revised: 2009-07-25
  9. Wheeler, Stephen Maxwell; Timothy Beatley (2004). The Sustainable Urban Development Reader. Routledge. ISBN 0-4153-1187-X. 
  10. The Walden Woods Projects Thoreau Institute The Thoreau Institute at Walden Woods 2007.
  11. Nearing, Scott; Helen Nearing (1953). Living the Good Life. 
  12. Scott Nearing by Ryan Eroh
  13. Rachel Carson's Biography by Linda Lear
  14. SI: Donella Meadows Bio Sustainability Institute 2004.
  15. E.F. Schumacher Bibliography Schumacher UK.
  16. National Sustainable Development Strategies United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs April 2008.
  17. Sustainable Consumption and Production: Promoting Climate-Friendly Household Consumption Patterns United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs 2007-04-30.

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