How do you find one solution to fix all of the problems humans have caused the earth? The answer is simple. You don’t. You move forward. You unite together, recognize the issues, and find a way to move on. What does moving forward entail? Turning a blind eye? Pretending the issues never existed? Pointing the finger and placing blame on someone else? No. Moving forward must be a worldwide effort. One person did not cause global warming. One person has not filled our atmosphere with more greenhouse gases than ever before. One persons actions do not cause natural disasters, illnesses, materialism, or overall greed our world has become consumed in. We have all taken part in this inevitable self-destruction. When it comes down to it, we are all to blame.
On the first day of class, I was shocked and horrified that my actions contributed to the images I saw flash on the screen while watching The 11th Hour. On the last day of class, I left filled with hope that being educated on these issues could help implement a change. We are smart enough to turn things around. What will make or break us is whether or not people are going to put their pride aside and admit that they are part of the problem.
I have always been the girl to root for the underdog. Maybe this is because at one point in my life, I was the underdog myself. My ideas have been shot down, doubted, and then used by someone who had more of a voice than I ever did. Because I have proved the people who saw me as an underdog wrong, that’s who I have chosen to put my hope in. I believe that change is coming. I believe there’s someone who’s voice isn’t loud enough yet who will change the world; who will open up the eyes of millions to the damage we have done. Who will not only make us realize the consequences, but also have a solution to offer and a silver lining. I just pray that this person doesn’t see themselves as an underdog as well because this can discourage him from ever finding his voice.
There is a voice out there that we don’t yet know we need. There’s a voice out there that will finally make us listen.
This class opened my eyes to so much. So much darkness, conflict, and changes that I need to implement into my life. As deep as that sounds, this class also left me filled with knowledge and self awareness that I never knew I needed. I have learned to not only be mindful of what I’m putting into the environment but also what I am allowing into my life. My well-being and quality of life is something that I have learned to be mindful of. The biggest takeaway I have from this class is my 10 minutes of “me time” to just sit and be aware of myself and my surroundings every day. Sometimes the silence is deafening, however sometimes it’s just what I need to get through the day. At first, a wicked problem sounded like some slang word my friends from home would say. Now, I realize it’s something that I see every day and was never aware of. My goal is to be more conscious and make more of an effort to be as friendly to the environment and to myself as I possibly can be. I am only one person but my impact can be fierce. If everyone had this mentality, these issues wouldn’t seem so wicked anymore.
We live in a world filled with so much wonder. Sadly, we diminish the reality of its beauty because we are too focused on ourselves, when in reality WE are the issue. Put your pride aside, throw your hands up, and understand that we all play a role in the issues in the world today–no matter how big or small.