The idea of design activism is congruent with the changing of culture, and today’s culture of designers like to apply their skills to problems that matter; improving the lives of people in dire need. Design activism involves finding the most challenging issues in the world and helping make the world a better place, one area at a time. The designers also have to create products that will be practical for each specific area. For example if they are trying to create a product for a geographical region that does not have a lot of technology, they wouldn’t use electronic based products because no one would be able to fix them when they needed to be fixed or altered. They seek the most extreme users, because the best outlooks come from the very edges of the market. It is also important to understand the design constraints of the extreme conditions that may be present in different parts of the world.
I think design activism makes a lot of sense. As designers we can not create one universal product and expect it to work for everyone in such diverse situations and geographies. It is important to take one idea and modify it to work for different regions based on their needs and limitations. I agree that we need to focus on where in the world is in need, rather than just trying to create the next best thing. Creating a design that is innovative and solves a real-world issue would be the most rewarding in my opinion.
There are many issues with the amount of human and natural capital being used to create things in the clothing environment. First off, human capital that is a reoccurring issue is children being exploited at young ages and not being paid enough for their labor. We source from other countries for cheap apparel, and there are questionable practices being used making the products so cheap. Along with the negative human capital being used, there is negative natural capital. Many dyes are used and are harmful to the eco system. Many companies dump their toxic chemicals back into the environment and ruins homes to animals. Resources that can not be replenished as fast as they are being used is another issue. There are other ways to go about manufacturing clothing that will cause positive human and natural capital rather than negative. If clothing companies can ensure that their workers are of age and will get paid a reasonable amount than poverty can be reduces and a better living standard can take place. If companies source their materials from sustainable and replenishable resources than the ecosystem will stop being harmed as much, and less creatures will be harmed.
A problem that is occurring is poverty. The rates of poverty around the world are at all time highs. Something that could be done along with raising money for donations is teaching the people in these third world countries how to grow their own food, and ways to do a lot with what little they have. The people of these third world countries don’t just need food and money, but they need the tools to create their own food and clothing. They need educators to show them how to use the tools, and how to creatively problem solve. I would like to help raise money and help educate people in third world countries on how to create their own irrigation systems if they have trouble growing their own plants. And help them problem solve their issues, and figure out how to live a better life with the resources they have.
According to the CO2 calculator, my habit is 5.8 tonnes and the ideal is 2 tonnes. My hands are the biggest part of my body because I use the most energy at home. This makes sense because I do not drive or travel a lot, and car pool a lot. My house has 5 other girls living in it so we run our dishwasher and washing machine a lot. It is suggested that I eat less dairy, change my dishwasher settings, and turn down my washing temperature. I will talk with my roomates about these suggestions and figure out a way to implement these into our household as a group effort.
Pomping is a huge part of OSU and homecoming but is very unsustainable. First off, I think the magnitude of the homecoming decks is excessive. The regulation for how large the decks are allowed to be should be a fraction of what they are now. This would save a lot of money that could be put to better use, and it would take way less materials to create it with. Also, the pomps are made up of colorful tissue paper, which is harmful to the environment in the amount of trees harmed to make them, and the toxic chemicals and dyes. OSU should source their pomps from a biodegradable material with natural dyes because the impact that homecoming has on the environment is negative. Even if the sustainable materials are more expensive, downsizing the decks would off-set the upcharge and protecting the environment is priceless.