Past Two Lectures
In the past two lectures, my learning community finished the Wild Thing exercise and discussed some articles about sustainability. Both of these discussions have helped me to better understand sustainability.
Easter Island and the Dust Bowl
The people who lived on Easter Island started to use up all of the trees in their forests and didn’t try to use fewer trees or fix the damage they caused. The people who lived in the areas of the Dust Bowl had over tilled and harvested their farmland, causing the land to become like a desert. I’ve learned that it’s important to change your harmful practices before they cause irreparable damage.
One of the sustainability problems that is faced in the apparel industry is the short cycle that designs go through. A clothing design is in style for only a short period of time and when it is out of style, the clothes are thrown away rather than recycled. Teaching people about recycling their old clothes and creating accessible places for them to take their old clothes will cut down on the amount of clothing that is thrown away. I try to be sustainable by donating my old clothes or giving them to friends or family.
This article compared the state of the world with the sinking of the Titanic. It states that the planet has reached its carrying capacity and everyone is in trouble, comparing the world to the Titanic when it hit an iceberg. When the Titanic sank, everyone on all levels was in danger, like how everyone is going to suffer from the lack of resources now. The people who have enough resources to survive temporarily are like the people who made it to the life boats on the Titanic, they’re safe for now, but it’s probably going to end badly for them too.
My learning community discussed what could be done to get more people to recycle. One of the ideas we discussed was to work with stores and to have them give their customers discounts in exchange for them bringing in their old clothing to be recycled.
Self-narratives and Paradigm
The problems we see in sustainability are the tip of the iceberg, while the patterns between these events are below the surface. Everyone can see the damage that has been done to the environment, but not everyone can see how the damage is connected to unsustainable practices such as the use of fossil fuels, deforestation, and landfills.
The in-class meditation was very interesting. I liked trying to relax and be in the present, even though I felt like I was going to fall asleep. I would like to try meditation again in the future because I think it would help me to relax if school is making me stressed.