The Past 2 Weeks
The first lecture was basically an introduction to the course so I am going to skip to the second lecture. The second lecture began with going over our carbon footprint and the fact that we need to reduce it. My carbon footprint came out to be 5.4 tonnes–which is a considerably less than Dr. Jayadas’s footprint. Maybe I filled out the questionnaire wrong, I don’t know. But I do live in a house with 80 girls, so that might account for some of it. Maybe I use less since I live with so many people? Some things that it said I could improve on was my consumption of dairy products and the amount of flights I have taken this year. I’ll be flying to Germany and the UK later this year, so there isn’t much I can do about reducing that, but I can work on my dairy consumption–less cheese, yogurt, etc.
We focused on the definition of sustainability for the remainder of lecture 2. This class definitely will cause me to be more conscious about creating more sustainable habits. I never really thought about it before and kind of left the responsibility up to the “hippies” and other people who seemed passionate about it. In everything I do, I want to be passionate about, but I haven’t ever been passionate about sustainability. Sustainability to me, after a few classes in this course, is slowly changing. I’m suddenly thinking about the future of the world and what we are doing now that might inhibit future generations. I guess right now sustainability to me is looking out for future generations and making sure they have a pleasant world to live in when they get here.
The Wild Thing exercise was actually kind of fun. It was just like doing an activity in Creative Problem Solving with the whole class. I think it caused a lot of collaboration and really brought everyone’s ideas together. The lesson I learned from that exercise was that it’s easier to come up with a solution if you have more brains thinking about it.
My learning community this semester will be different than my community from CPS last semester. Last semester, my group was with people that I was acquainted with and we all had similar backgrounds and goals. This semester I am the youngest in the group and I have never met my 3 other group members. It will be a different environment, but it should be okay. I can already tell that I am going to be the facilitator of the group. I kind of took charge and no one challenged it, but I also feel like I might be the only one putting effort into our projects and discussion…
These past two weeks have been eye-opening and mind-widening for me. Like I stated earlier, I have not ever really thought about the impact that my actions have on the environment. Taking this course should help me come up with creative ways to decrease my carbon footprint, and design environmentally-conscious solutions for everyone else.
The 11th Hour
The movie was interesting–even if we did watch it at 8am. In addition to listing a lot of the issues in the environment caused by society, the movie really targeted the main cause of the issues–human greed. The movie traced back all of the existing issues to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution and the growing human need to have the best, the most, and the biggest thing. What was really thought-provoking was the mentioning of the giant oil corporations actually controlling government regulations and halting any sustainability actions because the companies are just worried about the bottom dollar. If people would take a step back and realize what their actions are doing to the earth instead of focusing on money and profit, the world would be a much better and safer place.
A new way and perspective on how people and the environment interact needs to be discovered. Justice and fairness to society and the environment needs to be incorporated into every day life.
Fashion & Sustainability
I found this article interesting because it compared fashion and sustainability in a way I haven’t heard before. When most people think of fashion, sustainability doesn’t come to mind. Fashion is a fast industry–a certain trend comes in one month and goes out the next–causing a lot of waste and excess clothing to be produced. However, the author proposes that maybe fast fashion and competitive advantage actually promotes sustainability efforts. Companies are always trying to find the upper hand over their competition and to a lot of fashion people sustainability is a big issue. Some companies feel like the more sustainable their production is, the more customers they might draw in.