Don’t be a Koala!

  14th May 2019

What is sustainability?

The ecological definition of sustainability originated with the Brundtland Report in 1987, which describes sustainable development as a kind of development that satisfies the needs of the present without adversely affecting the ability of future generations to satisfy their needs.

This term can be applied to food and water, as well as energy.

MEES reports define how energy efficient your property is. Sustainability and using less energy is better for your tenants – and better for the planet.

Here’s why you should be more MEES – and less Koala.

A Bear of Little Brain

Koalas – cute, fluffy, adorable poster child for Australia – what’s not to love? Well, they do have very small brains – honestly.

We aren’t picking on these cute little guys, honest. However, their own habits are contributing to their almost extinction.

Newsweek reports that the Australian Koala Foundation believes “there are no more than 80,000 koalas in Australia,” making the species “functionally extinct.”

Koalas only eat a very limited diet, mainly eucalyptus leaves (gum leaves) in a very specific stage of development. This means they need a huge area of forest to sustain themselves and thanks to humans, their habitat is shrinking – but guess what?

Hey, humans are also the good guys!

That’s right – because while humans are responsible for deforestation, it is human efforts that are helping keep Koalas alive.

While they will occasionally eat other foods, proving a dietary change is possible, a local koala population will often consume all the Eucalyptus leaves in a given area before the food can reproduce, meaning demand quickly outstrips supply – they don’t naturally adapt to eating other foods. Koala groups often have to be moved to a new area by conservationists to ensure their survival.

If a koala bear had a bigger brain, it could maybe understand that adapting their diet to eat a wider variety of foods more regularly would help them become more adaptable, and make their lifestyle more sustainable.

Humans have bigger brains than koalas. Humans can play our part in helping endangered species like koalas survive – but we can also learn a lesson or two from not following these cute creatures and moving towards a sustainable lifestyle so we don’t fuel our own extinction.

To see how you can down on your carbon footprint, click here.