Sustainability to me means learning how to conserve and protect our environment for future generations to come. I do not know much about sustainability, but from what I have learned in class the past two weeks I know it is extremely important. There are so many things I can be doing every day to help conserve our resources and the environment. These things include turning off lights, recycling, or reusing things.
The 11th hour movie really opened my eyes to what is happening in the world. It was very real and very sad. I didn’t know the extent of what we are really doing to the earth. We must change our ways of living to sustain our earth for generations to come. While working on the Wild Things activity, I had fun thinking of ideas and solutions to our problems today. I liked that our solutions didn’t have to be by the book, and could be crazy and fun. I learned a lot from doing this worksheet. It was interesting reading what the other groups in the class were writing as well.
While reading Fashion and Sustainability, it really made me think of the apparel production process and how things could be changed. I am a merchandising student, so this is very important to me. The main issues for me are the pesticides in growing the cotton, the unfair labor working conditions, and the clothing care. These are all things as designers, suppliers, sellers, and consumers that we can all work on. Even if we can’t fix the problem, we all need to be working together to make our world a better place.
Before I read the Easter Island article, I had never heard of that story before. It was very interesting, and I learned a lot. What I learned from this reading is that we need to use the resources that we have. We don’t need to go above and beyond what we have, like we are doing today in society. This is a very important lesson that everyone can learn from. Sometimes less is more, and this is a good example of that.
My carbon footprint value was 8.7. I got that number because I do laundry multiple times a week, and sometimes on hot water. I do not recycle at all. I really think it would be a good thing for me to start doing, but I just haven’t. It says I need to stop eating so much dairy. It also said I can switch to green energy. These are all suggestions that I will personally consider changing.
Before starting this class, I did not know much about sustainability. I did not pay much attention to the subject. I am starting to learn so much about our issues, and how as individuals we can help or solve those issues. I hope to learn a lot in this class.