Blog 2

Over the lectures the last week, I learned a lot about climate change, and humans’ role in the environment. Basically we have the power to make the world a better or a worse place than it is right now. There are more people who are not recycling in the world than are because of lack of know age or resources to be able to recycle. We also watched a ted talk where we were taught how to make clothes from tea that looked like skin. We also read many articles and had many takeaways from them.

The Easter Island and Dust bowl stories taught me more about the history of the Easter Island. I had never heard anything about it really until this article.   It was a really small island where a lot of people lived. Because they did not have the necessities they need in the land, people began to die off. They were completely isolated from the rest of the world and without enough resources they couldn’t live anymore. I thought it was a pretty sad story because it compares the island with society today, extracting all the resources out of earth.

We talked about the dust bowl and the three waves of dirt storms that hit. Many were killed from the storm, breathing sicknesses, and malnourishment. The question came down to if the dust bowl was man-made or natural. Due to “strip farming” this is perceived as manmade and natural. It is made by nature because of the drought that occurred. It was man made because of the market crash, which allowed flourishing crops in Oklahoma. Because of the deep plowing, all that was left was dirt causing the three waves of the dust bowl.

Some sustainable problems in my field would have to do with fabric. Since I am in Merchandising/ADP, I deal with fabric all the time. After buying fabric, I have scrap pieces from cutting out what I need. The scrap pieces usually end up in the garbage can which I usually end up throwing out and that goes to the landfill. There is a way that this could be avoided. Something I think that would help would be using a fabric that could biodegrade, so we wouldn’t have an emission problem from all the fabric that is going to get burned. Another thing would be to recycle the fabric. Maybe we can break the fabric down to create new fabric from that. A key catalyst to bring about change to the sustainability problem of fabric could be to refurbish the article of clothing that had been used and ready to be thrown out. Another key catalyst would be the change in how much water and chemicals are used in the process of making and cleaning fabric. There could be a way for the water and chemical usage to go down, but not many people know about the usage and will keep buying.

The Titanistad was the article that stood out to me the most. It was just interesting how it compares the Titanistad to life and how rocky everything is here on earth. It is an article that combines the Titanic with the slave ship Amistad to create Titanistad. It was just talking mostly about how we are like the people stuck on the ship.

The Wild Things design concept that I worked on in the last stage was a better way to get rid of waste in a way that was not harmful and made people want to recycle. We chose that there would be a store that you could return your perfume bottles for discounts on the store, or you could come and get them refilled. I thought this was a really good idea in order to get people to be more eco friendly, because people throw away bottles all the time without even thinking about the environmental consequences.

The tip of the iceberg represents events such as sustainable encounters; then just beneath the water will be patterns, which relates to things such as climate change that are driven by patterns. A little further down the iceberg are structures. These structures create the patterns, which can be political, social in the environment, and economic. Then at the bottom of the iceberg are beliefs. These are the lenses that we look through to base everything on. The paradigms are right there at the bottom of the iceberg. In order to create a paradigm change we have to make a self-narrative change. By doing this we need to ask “What if?” A paradigm shift, moves through the whole iceberg. We have to be ready to visualize possibilities whether we think they are possible or not.

The in class meditation made me really tired. But it also made me reflect on the class a little. Because of school, I am constantly going and thinking about things that I need to get done, but this was a really good way to unwind a little and focus on the here and now. I think that it was good for us, and I really think we should do it again.

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