This past week in lectures I really took away the consequences that come from our misuse and over use of nature. I also have come to realize that people are not looking past the surface issues of how unstainable we are and are focusing on the physical damages on the earth not what we are doing to cause them. We also learned about how our field of work in fashion effects the environment and the ways we can fix it. The past two lectures this week caused me to do some self-reflection and start thinking more about how we are abusing the earth without even thinking twice about what we are doing.
Learning about Easter Island was eye opening about the limited resources we have on earth because everything is presented to us and are so easy to attain you never think about it running out. The people of Eater Island were so advanced that they focused on flourishing rather than paying attention to the limited resources that their small island offered. I learned from the Easter Island story that the environment can be ruined from the pressure of society and our constant need for its resources and we need to be more carful and aware because we could fall into the same fate as the people who lived on that island. Along with the Easter Island story, the dust bowl is another example of the damages that can come from abusing our environment. The dust bowl can be argued that it was a man-made storm because of the farming practices at the time. The dust bowl, like Easter Island, is another warning of what could happen if we continue to neglect and take advantage of our environment.
Being in the merchandising option, there are many unsustainable parts of the fashion industry. There are sustainability problems all the way from the very beginning when they are making the clothes to the end when the clothes are disposed of. Some examples are the use of pesticides in growing cotton, the use of energy when taking care of the clothing, and the increasing amount of clothes that are ending up in the landfills. The best ways to address these sustainability issues in my field of work is to change the ways the garments are disposed of and encourage recycling, change the way garments are cared for and encourage pesticide free growing. I will play a role in helping merchandising be more sustainable by making sure I am doing my part when it comes to properly disposing of clothes and being aware of how my clothes are being made.
What really stuck out to me in the Titanistad article was when they said that “investing in human justice and sustainability as a possibility on the other side of collapse-not as an assurance or even a likelihood, but simply as a possibility.” I liked that comment because switching over to a sustainable society would mean that we would have to make a lot of social changes and that would mean people would have to trust and embrace the change. Comparing that to the sinking Titanic and the warning that no one took seriously to abandoning our unsustainable ways the way people had to abandon the ship was smart because they are both a leap of faith. I also found it interesting how to article called out the problem of the wealthy abusing the poor even though we are all sinking in the same ship.
Self-narratives and paradigms play a major role because they are our beliefs and our outlooks on sustainability. The iceberg concept is really interesting to me because I think it is a really good visual representation of how sustainability is portrayed today, everyone only sees the tip. Everyone needs to realize that the damage that we can physically see is only the result of the problems that we create. The bottom of the iceberg starts with paradigms and where we all personally stand with sustainability and then it moves to the structure of society and then the patterns that cause the damage to the earth and then the tip is the actual physical consequences from the rest of the iceberg. In order to change how unsustainable we are as a whole, we have to look past the tip of the iceberg and get down to the root of the problem that is often ignored.
I have meditated once or twice before so when we did the in-class meditation reflection I kind of knew what to expect. What I really liked most about the meditation was how relaxing it was and the sound of rain is my favorite. I was having trouble picturing my future self and what I look like, I kind of just pictured what my mom looks like and went with that. I really would like to start meditating more and working on taking deep breaths and focusing on my breathing because I know it is really good for stress and relaxation.