Being Mindful Every Day

My experience in this class so far is not at all what I expected it to be. I had no clue what a wicked problem was, let alone how many there are in the world today. The film “The 11th Hour” made me think about how many problems the human race has caused and is continuing to cause for the Earth. I began to question my own personal consumption and how much trash I produce. Thinking of my own usage times 7 billion really opened my eyes. I believe I am a mindful person when it comes to recycling paper and plastic. I carry a reusable grocery bag and don’t buy bottled water, and still produce a massive amount of waste. Just watching the movie and discussing wicked problems in class made me want to do something to help.

The reading on Easter Island made me realize that if the human race does not change our ways the path of humanity will soon turn to a dark decline. I have heard of Easter Island in school, but was not aware of how they used all their resources until they were forced to resort to cannibalism. The fate of Earth lies in our hands and until all of humanity realizes the impact we all have, we are doomed to a fate similar to that of Easter Island. What breaks my heart the most are beautiful habitats and wildlife that are being driven out of their homes because of pollution, deforestation, etc. I have always been aware these situations were occurring, but not on the scale that they actually are. Oceans are polluted, animals are dying, and global temperatures are rising. Change starts with one person and I hope that person can be me.

Just after attending Wicked Problems twice I knew this class will have a significant impact on my life and how I view the world around me.

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