Climate change has been one of the most important scientifically verified claims for at least a quarter of a century. We have all come to realize the truth and veracity of these claims given what see happening around us locally and throughout the world. Global warming and the dire consequences it’s having on the climate throughout the world are therefore forcing our hand to take action in order to save ourselves and our collective home, the Earth. Increasingly scientific institutions, professional communities, non-governmental organizations and even some governments, local and national, are taking it upon themselves to come up with ideas and strategies to ensure the sustainability of renewable resources and energy efficiency. Unfortunately, there are many more countries, most of which are developing, that are still unaware of the significance of recycling efforts and reusing materials to minimize waste and reduce the demand on natural resources.
This book aims to develop and establish certain guidelines for individuals and citizens who are the grassroots actors of increasing environmental sustainability. It presents a number of perspectives to researchers, scientists and all interested readers about the functioning of natural systems and possible solutions that environmental scientists and others have developed and will counteract the damage that has been caused by our anthropic actions. As the required technology is now at an acceptable level of readiness it will also be a valuable reference for scientific institutions and policy makers to initiate their immediate plan of action. Decision makers, business leaders, and entrepreneurs are also invited to take an example of those “lessons learned” and how plans of environmental sustainability were successfully executed in global cities and communities.