Waiting on the World to Change

“Now we see everything that’s going wrong

With the world and those who lead it

We just feel like we don’t have the means

To rise above and beat it”

-John Mayer

This sustainability class has already been more interesting than I expected.  In the interior design field it seems like all we hear about is sustainability and LEED credits.  This class is refreshing in that it makes us think about sustainability rather than just inform us about it.  This has definitely made me more interested in the subject.

After reading Sustainable by Design by Stuart Walker it really made me think about how our society is driven by change.  In that if we didn’t have it, our creativity and innovation would stop.  And after realizing that our society is driven by change, I wonder why it takes so long for such an environmental change to take place? I would say that sustainability and “going green” are becoming fashionable, but how do we make it a standard way of living?  Will there ever be a world where sustainability is the norm before its too late?

Easter Island was an interesting story to learn about.  Looking at them from our point of view today it is easy to see what they did wrong.  For example, they obviously relied too much on tress.  I imagine someone probably looked around and realized what they were doing and realized it needed to stop.  But how could they stop everyone from doing it.  And if they weren’t smart enough to come up with alternatives ways, what else were they to do?

What frustrates me now is that in our era we do have the knowledge innovative minds to come up with more sustainable ways of life.  We already have many alternative sustainable ways but not many people are using them.  At the moment I feel sustainability is new to many people and look at it as a “hippie” lifestyle.  We need make sustainability desirable.  In order to do that we need to give sustainability a beautiful look.  Timothy from project Runway he had the right idea but he was a little too extreme.  If he had geared his dress more for today’s consumers he could have gotten a better response.  What stuck in my mind as important was what Walker said in Sustainable by Design.  He mentioned that we need to design for today and not have hopes of changing the whole world’s problems right away.  Instead, we need to take many steps towards reaching our goal.  Education is an effective solution but that is not enough.  I feel we need to make sustainability the easier, more affordable choice in order to make an impact on society.  We need to give society more reasons to be sustainable, more than just “its good for the environment.”

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1 Response to Waiting on the World to Change

  1. Dr. Cosette Armstrong says:

    This is a solid reflection! You have done a nice job of incorporating points from the readings into your discussion. I think you may be missing the third prompt?

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