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The past two lecture have helped me to understand the negative consequences of not taking care of the environment in which we live in. Disasters such as the Dust Bowl show how the environment response when it is not being treated correctly. It reacts negatively and we are left to pick up the pieces. The ted talk featuring architect Rachel Armstrong was very insightful. I agree with her stating that we need to get connected to nature. I also enjoyed the ted talk with Suzanne Lee about growing your own clothes. I thought her approach to growing clothes in the comfort of your own home in a bathtub was very innovative. By creating synthetic biology, it can help to eliminate waste because you would grow what’s needed. Both relates back to the lectures on becoming more sustainable. Being mindful of the things we do to the environment, if we treat it well it will do the same in return. I am starting to see how important it is to become sustainable efficient, the class discussion and lectures have really made me view thing in a different light.

The Easter Island and the Dust Bowl stories help me to realize how important is to take care of the environment around us. Both stories show how the environment will react if you continue to treat it badly, it will erupt and survival will become very hard. I learned that everything that is being done now in the present of the ecosystem whether good or bad will effect the future world we live in. The earths environment can only take so much and if we keep abusing our resources and environment there will be nothing left for the future.

Some sustainable problems in fashion merchandising industry are clothing waste, the production of clothing and how its harming the environment, and short clothes lifecycle. All of these problem are putting huge strains on the environment. In an effort the help these problems less clothes need to produced. Instead of just making hundreds of clothes that no one wants, there could be a poll on retailer’s website where customer could vote on the clothes they prefer, that way clothing production can be narrow down to only the piece’s people are willing to buy. Clothing production needs to be shortened and made more sustainable by using more organically gown fabrics that consumes less energy. Clothes need to have longer shelf life. Looking at trends before their time and mixing current trends with the future trends could help clothes be in style longer. I will play the role of advocator in the change towards a more sustainable industry. Informing people of the negative effects of the sustainable problems within the merchandising industry, and what we can do to solve this problem together.

The article Looking at the future through a cartoonist eyes was very interesting to read. I enjoyed reading about how he came up the future technical advance from just exploring his creative side. I like the contrast he made between him stating that in order to create he has to go into a quiet area free from distractions, but also some of his best inventions were from sketched when he was in traffic with thousands of distractions around. I thought it was very insightful and it shows how you can draw inspiration form the things around you. If you’re in a creative halt, sometime chaos sparks innovative ideas.

The wild things designed concept that my community members and I worked on was creating a bill that made it a law to recycle your old clothes back to place where you purchased it from. We felt like the problem with clothes it that retailers purchase to much of it, and it goes out of style with the next month or tow cause retailers to rotate their clothing cycle to often. Ending up with huge rack of sale items that aren’t selling.  The bill will make it so that each store has a recycle bin in the back of the store where customers can donate the clothes back to that retailer. This way we can repurpose the used or unworn clothes back into the clothing cycle, instead of trashing it and then having it go to a landfill and cause unnecessary waste.

I think self narratives and paradigm helps us to understand how our behaviors and patterns play a role in our sustainability challenges. The tip of the iceberg when it comes to substantiality problems would be any sort of natural disaster. The paradigm is what leads us to the start of that point, all of the unsustainable practices of the world such as damaging our ecosystem and the resources around us. People are structured to do what ever it is to get ahead in this world. Leading to people buying unnecessary products, deforestation, and man made structures that are causing the environment harm causing the earth to react negatively. Which is why it’s being so hard to get the world sustainable because people are already accustomed to that way of life doing what the please to the environment. There no limitation on how far one can go so the limit are being pushed further and further causing the earth to reach the tipping point.

The class meditation really helped me to understand that everything I do now is preparing me for the future. It was hard visualizing my surrounding during the meditation, I felt like I was going through the motions but it was all a blur. It’s hard to imaging what I will look like, let along where I would be living, or job I will have ten years from now. I found that part of the exercise to be very difficult because you just never know how your life will turn out even if plan every detail of it. Towards the end of the meditation I realized that just like the class which pertains to sustainability and helping the environment for the future, that it is much like a person life. In order to have a better life you need to take care of the present you in order to ensure that the future you will be at its best.

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