One of our readings this week discussed the history of Easter Island. In the article is reviewed how the people of the island ultimately destroyed their home and instead of use their resources wisely and sustainably. This is very similar to another Polynesian culture that I visited over the holiday break, the Hawaiian Islands. One of the islands, called The Big Island or Hawaii, is itself larger than the state or Rhode Island. This island is full of culture and has a vast number of temperate zones located on one small island. Over my last vacation to this island they told us how on one side of the island that is rather bare used to be a forest, similar to Easter Island. The difference was that the island of Hawaii is much larger than Easter Island and the deforestation of that side of the island was to help with the farming that was happening on the island with sheep. I find it very interesting that two cultures from the same area used similar techniques that just so happen to nearly destroy one island because of its size.
I think that the article about Easter Island also a very important article that everyone needs to read because it is very similar to what is happening all around the world with deforestation. I believe that this article will help people understand the importance of sustainable ways and the ideas of reusing and recycling.
The other article that we were assigned this week was specific to our majors, which in my case is interior design, so I read the article Environmentally Healthy Interiors. In this article it discussed the problems of older building that will ultimately lead to various health problems such as Sick Building Syndrome. This is something that all interior designers need to critically think about when they are given a renovation project because not only do we need to fix the various problems such as lead paint and asbestos but designers need to make sure that they are dealing with these problems in a sustainable way.
Overall I am very excited to learn more about sustainability in this course and discover ways that people from all over the world are trying to live sustainable lives.