It Can Be Done

This week I realized just how possible it is for us to live sustainably. What I learned from the article Thinking Ahead: The Value of Future Consciousness is that it all starts from within. Tome Lombardo says that each mode of thinking tends to reinforce the behavior that leads to the very results that are anticipated, and I absolutely agree. We need to be thinking like “winners”, understanding that the way we are living now is killing the planet and ourselves, but also believe that we can fix it and live in a sustainable world. This way of thinking increases our quality of life now, opens the mind to future possibilities, raises one’s self-efficiency, fosters creative thoughts, expands future consciousness, and ultimately lead us to a sustainable future.

The article Abandoning Ship Titanistad took a very different approach than Thinking Ahead: The Value of Future Consciousness. It started off very pessimistic. I had to read it more than once to fully understand the analogy between Earth and the Titanic, however I do think it was a great analogy. My take away from this article was just how important it is to have a leader to communicate the severity for more sustainable lifestyles/practices and have it go viral. If we don’t motivate people to “budge from their comfort zones”, we will continue to be like the Titanic’s first lifeboats that aren’t completely filled with passengers. We need everyone on board and working towards the same goal, to live more sustainably. Looking at the Future through a Cartoonist’s Eyes was also an interesting read, but wasn’t my favorite. I think his journey and accomplishments are amazing and inspiring, but didn’t quite grab my attention in creating as much of a memorable/useful learning experience for me as the others. It also felt like we was just talking about himself rather than trying to motivate or get the importance of sustainability across to the readers.

While reading Biomimicry in textiles: past, present and potential as well as Biomimicry: Nature’s Time-Tested Framework for Sustainability, I realized that living sustainably like nature has been doing all along can actually be done. They listed several different examples of how nature solves problems and adapts without creating waste, toxins, or using non-reusable recourses. They also provide examples of human designs that mimic the way nature solves problems or nature’s systems/structures that I never know existed. This raised my awareness on what is actually available to us that I’m not taking advantage of as a consumer. It also made me start thinking about other ways we can use nature as a mentor learning how to live in balance and harmony with our planet. Critically speaking, I preferred reading Biomimicry: Nature’s Time-Tested Framework for Sustainability over Biomimicry in textiles: past, present and potential, because it got me thinking on ways to improve human designs without overloading me with information. Biomimicry in textiles: past, present and potential had a lot of great information, but it was too much information packed into an article and became so repetitive that I stated tuning out. However, it did open my eyes to a lot of textiles that I wasn’t aware were inspired by nature. I think funding research programs that are focusing on sustainability through natural designs and processes in our industry, would motivate and have major positive impacts on our culture.

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