One major issue of solving wicked problems is as such: each issue either comes from another wicked problem or causes a different dilemma. Wicked problems such as poverty, climate change, deforestation, population growth, and more, are all tied together in an extremely complicated family tree. If one is cracked, then it could cause even more issues in other problems. Another problem we are faced with in finding solutions is that from person to person, each wicked problem can be seen differently. For example, an environmentally aware liberal may see climate change as a ticking time bomb that will one day destroy the Earth. Meanwhile, a very religious conservative could see the it as just a hoax used by the left to distract the right so their big businesses and places of power will fall. Another person may believe in climate change but just not care. These extremely different viewpoints make fixing the global warming controversy nearly impossible.
When two massive hurricanes hit the United States, many people saw that this was a direct product of climate change. However, others believed that this was God’s doing and that this is the beginning of the Rapture, and that their Jesus Christ will be coming soon, so all is well. How many lives have to be taken by floods, mudslides, tornadoes, and earthquakes before the extremely religious see that these natural disasters are because of what we have done to our Mother Earth? If God loves all his children, why is He creating so many fatal catastrophes that tear families apart, break hearts, and end lives that haven’t even taken off yet? These tragedies are the human’s own doing, and we must own up to our actions. This is not divine destiny, this is inevitable death created by man. Don’t get me wrong, while I am not religious myself, I give massive amounts of respect to people that are. I wish that I could have the hope and faith to fully believe in a power that I cannot see. However, religion is dangerous when we find more credibility in an unforseen, not-proven power than science; science that has been studied, researched, and proven 100% real.
The conclusion I have gathered from my four weeks in Wicked Problems of Industrial Practice is that our time is almost up. The absolute destruction of our planet could 100% happen in my lifetime and that fact is absolutely terrifying. I am a vegetarian who tries to recycle as much as possible, who doesn’t buy from companies that animal tests, that uses fluorescent light bulbs, that always turns my lights off and walks as much as I can. I do as much as I am aware that I can do to support the longevity of our planet. I know that I could always be doing more. It hurts my heart to think of the unaware, the climate change deniers, and those who do not believe in animal rights. What will it take for those people to change their ways?
To solve wicked problems, there first must be global admittance that they are real and that they are detrimental. Personally, and this breaks my little heart, I do not see this happening soon. In the US, more and more people are becoming outspoken about the condition of our Earth and it is awesome. Perhaps, if a shift in government and the general consensus occurred, there might be some hope for our planet. Unfortunately, we must get all the other countries on board with turning their focus on the longevity of the Earth, rather than focus on war, urbanization, and the climb to the top of the power ladder. If this happens, Earth would be able to breathe and flourish and triumphantly survive as it once did long ago.
Humans are parasites and the Earth is our host. In many cases, hosts tend to prevail in the end while the parasite is killed off. In order to preserve both the human race and our Mother, we must be able to form a symbiotic relationship. Unfortunately, as I said before, I have little hope of this happening in my lifetime.