I have always been interested in being sustainable and sustainable design. As I get older, the more I learn about being sustainable and why it’s important I feel more and more of an urgency to do so. The 11th Hour was very eye opening. My epiphany this week was becoming aware about how much water trees carry. I was shocked to learn that planting/cutting down trees are directly linked to floods. That was crazy to me. After watching The 11th Hour, I immediately text my fiance and said, “We have to get solar panels and plant a lot of trees when we buy a home!” The film made an obvious impact on my perspective of the environment.
The reading about Easter Island is equally shocking. It hard to imagine that when the community used up all of their resources, they turned to cannibalism. Could this happen to us in the United States? I would say no but then again, we haven’t ran out of necessary resources to continue living. This thought may be one that many people haven’t considered but adopting children could be an answer to being sustainable. If all the orphans in the world were adopted into families who would educate them about sustainability and how to live such a lifestyle, I believe they would be more likely to do so. If we continue to let these children grow up in orphanages, they are less likely to feel loved and important. As a result of this, they are less likely to care about the well-being of the environment. They are more likely to want to destroy property out of anger.
While reading Interior Design: A Survey, I was disgusted by how much bacteria and fungi grow in office buildings and how easily it can grow and manifest itself in homes as well. No wonder why people have so many respiratory problems and allergies!
I am surprised at how much I am enjoying this class already and am looking forward to learning as much as I can about sustainability and how I can do my part to design conservatively and live an eco-friendly life style.