A step in the right direction…

I always had an idea about what “living sustainably” meant, but never thought about how it affected me personally or how it affected the industry I hope to be a part of very soon. I am learning so much in this class from the readings, discussions and from my peers. I think fundamentally we need to see a balance between the big picture and what we can do on a daily basis, as we could very easily get caught up in how big of an issue it is and not even try. Getting together as a team and being aware of what we can do to make a difference is at least a step in the right direction. The ‘Lessons of Easter Island’ reading was reflective of how we consume so many of the resources around us and can see the damage it is causing, yet will not do anything about it. I feel there is close relation to the Chiefs of the clans from Easter Island and the government of today, as the movie 11th Hour discussed the government has the higher power to implement sustainable approaches and we will more than likely follow, however, this is not always a good thing when they are not giving the right instruction. This idea of self-inflicted harm we are causing which also links back to the reading has been an eye-opener to what is coming our way in the future and it really is quite scary. The ‘Fashioning Sustainability’ reading was a good review of what I already knew about the topic, but there were some concerning facts I did not know such as “50 million animals die worldwide every year so that their fur can be used by the fashion industry.” As much as I want to be a part of the industry that fact is extremely sad and animal welfare is definitely an area where change has to be made. As the class progresses I would like to have continued discussions on sustainable practices within the fashion industry and the fun quirky ideas and projects we can do to be more responsible at home.

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1 Response to A step in the right direction…

  1. Dr. Cosette Armstrong says:

    Excellent reflection this week! Keep this up!

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