Sustainability. That word meant virtually nothing to me four weeks ago. Now I’m here blogging about it for the fourth and final time, and that just goes to show how time flies when you’re learning about how wicked problems are ruining the Earth. It’s been quite the mindful month for me, and I would assume it has been for everyone else too. Now that I’m are done with the joys of waking up for an 8 AM class every Tuesday and Thursday, how do I move forward knowing what I know now? Well, I’m not going to answer that intense question in the beginning of the blog, because for one thing that’s lame, and I would love to build up some suspense.
In our final yes/no article, We talked about if the government should intervene in our goal to make the world a more sustainable place or not. Let’s take a pause here so I can say this: If our government would unify and make the smart decision that we have to take care of our home, I think them intervening would be super great. Sadly, since they can barely agree on anything nowadays, I don’t think it would work out so well. Just to further prove my point, today when we watched the last part of the movie, one person talked about a Winston Churchill quote. The quote is: “You can always count on Americans to do the right thing – after they’ve tried everything else.” After he said the quote he told the camera how we thought we were ready to do the right thing. the 11th Hour was made in 2007, and unless I’m some time-traveling magician, that was 10 years ago. I don’t think we are doing the right thing still. I wish I could be critical here and tell you my thoughts on why this is happening, but my only thought is I think our government is just too stubborn, and that they are too focused on who’s on which side and it’s like they are competing with one another instead of coming together to do the right thing.
In the ‘no’ article, it talked about how environmentally friendly buildings were more expensive than the traditional ones. I mean, that makes sense to me because these sustainable buildings probably take more work to build, but is that the only thing that prevents more Eco-friendly buildings from being constructed? I think so, and I think that’s all because of human nature. It’s human nature to find the cheapest and easiest way around things, and I feel like that’s always been an issue, especially here in the west. For example, we import things from China because they are cheaper than things made here in America. In order to make things more sustainable, we can no longer take the easy way out. We need to face the challenge, and release our money pinching ideals.
To be honest, this class started off to be a lot to handle, and I was extremely overwhelmed. I thought ‘wow, I’m entering a field that deals with so much that affects the world. How am I going to get through this without making the damage worse? Is this a sign that I should find a new major already? No. In fact, this class has made me feel like that maybe I can make a difference as an interior designer. Maybe I can do some good for our Earth. Earlier I asked myself a question: ‘how do I move forward now, knowing what I know?’ Little do you know that I already answered the question in my own sneaky way. You might have noticed that I put some emphasis on three certain words in this blog. Unify, challenge, and overwhelmed. Of course I can recycle and do other small things to do my part in making the world sustainable. But I’m only one small freshman in college, and in order to make a real difference, I can’t do it on my own. Maybe I could do some research and find some groups that are trying to make a difference too. Maybe I could volunteer and help them in unity to make the world better. I’ll challenge myself and try to talk to others about how maybe they could change their ways (I’m rather shy, so talking about it in general would be the challenge). I’ll just have to be careful and realize that I still can’t do that much, or I might become too overwhelmed with this whole ‘try and make the world a better place’ thing. Anyways, it’s been fun everybody, I hope to see you all in a sustainable future.