In the early years of the Industrial Revolution, cities began to develop well-planned and designed systems that promoted the growth of agriculture as a source of energy and food. As population boomed, the number of individuals living in cities started to increase, requiring less space in the countryside for housing and farming. Many farmers moved to the cities so that they could be closer to their customers.
This resulted in the displacement of many artisans from the countryside to urban areas touted to be more comfortable than their rural homes.It is this trend that has led some conservationists to suggest that artisans are losing ground to industrialization in sustainability. For those who love traditional craftsmanship, this concern is an important one.
It has become more difficult to maintain a balance between the needs of an urban and rural community. For example, while many artisans live in conditions that make it difficult to maintain a sustainable economy, it is possible to live in the city and live with a sense of purpose. What is needed is a plan that ensures that the environment is not depleted as quickly as possible.
Often, rural development works to encourage sustainable production of food and energy. However, when cities adopt agricultural practices that require huge tracts of land for agricultural crops, it depletes the soil of nutrients and minerals. This can cause serious problems such as shortage of water and decrease in quality of life.
Artisans are concerned about their livelihoods, as well as their community. In this economy, they don’t have a lot of money to invest in their craft and are often forced to do low-budget jobs that can create a strain on their families
Cities also utilize farmland and wildlife habitats to the point where these resources are nearly depleted, causing degradation of the ecosystem and the survival of some species at risk. By emphasizing preservation of the natural environment, communities protect the soil’s ability to produce agricultural crops. Without the natural environment available to support farming, many people have difficulty sustaining their way of life.
Perhaps the most pressing issue in sustainability in urban areas is the issue of urbanization. While it is true that most people can live in cities as long as they live in the right neighbourhoods, it is becoming increasingly difficult to stay in the cities. The construction of high rise buildings, the excessive use of cement and other concrete products, the spread of toxic contaminants through runoff, the construction of roads, railways and buildings, and the installation of sewage treatment plants and power generation facilities are altering the landscape entirely..
For many rural artisans, urbanization is a threat to their way of life. To conserve rural community resources, most artisans move to the city. When this happens, people who want to preserve their traditional lifestyle are forced to abandon their communities. Rural communities therefore become unsustainable because they are no longer able to support a sustainable lifestyle.
This is what is needed to change. Why not provide enough resources to these very people right at the place they come from? Little things like teaching them ways to produce green-manure, better techniques of irrigation, better methods of storage and by providing them access to an immense customer base which is otherwise limited could go a long way in keeping them home, a place which neither you nor I would be happy to leave.
Economic sustenance not only provides grounds to grow for these farmers but also helps them carve a way through the rural scenario to the urban.
One example what we found interesting was the agro-tech application on the play-store solely made for use by farmers to access resources centric to what they do and are interested to pursue. Details about seeds, how to prevent crop-burn, a vast library listing insecticides etc are all provided in one single application which is beneficial in n-number of ways to these farmers who look up to the cities for a livelihood.
A rural community that wants to preserve its way of life should create a plan that includes all members of the community. Once the community commits to creating a sustainable lifestyle for all people in the community, the balance between the needs of residents and the needs of cities can be maintained. There is a clear distinction between the needs of people living in cities and people living in rural communities.
Sustainable development and stability for urban areas have different meanings for people who are involved in the preservation of the environment. When both are practiced, the balance of nature and human communities can be preserved.
Global environmental sustainability is based on the premise that we need to be more responsible for the lives of the people who live in our community. A better understanding of environmental sustainability will give people the tools to become more responsible citizens. It is possible to take actions to protect our environment and our community from the destructive effects of modern society and its industries.

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