Consumers, Poverty and the Role the Industry could Play

This week in class we explored two new ways to meditate. On Wednesday we meditated through music and focused on the instruments being used and how their cohesiveness created something beautiful. On Friday we meditated on an object; I had a leaf and it was very interesting to think of the leaves lifespan and what it looked like when it first started to grow compared to how it currently looked. The leaf meditation made me more aware of how everything around me has a lifespan; a time to grow and a time to die. I found the meditations this week very interesting and reflective. On Wednesday we talked a lot about fashion and how it causes problems with sustainability. As a class we talked through many possible solutions to this wicked problem but the one that was most often repeated was that clothes should be made a cheaper way. The idea of making cheaper short lasting clothes would be great for the over consumer. The only problem is if the under consumer can only afford to buy one thing at a time how are they going to be clothed in a lower quality item for a long period of time? Making clothes that don’t last as long would remove some of the pollution that is used in making long lasting quality clothes but would create larger problems for the under consumer. The main solution I can think of to please the under and over consumer would be to continue having options for both types of consumers. On Friday we discussed the topic of poverty and what role the industry plays in poverty and environmental degradation. Some of the solutions frequently discussed were to give the homeless jobs within the industry in order to help protect natural resources. A problem with employing everyone is that so many people are already working jobs they are overqualified for. There simply just aren’t enough jobs in order to keep everyone safe, sheltered, and happy. Another solution discussed was keeping poverty off of the streets by providing shelter and new ways to educate those who cant afford an education. The only problem with the solution is how the funding would be provided. There are many roles the industry could take to improve the situation. It all comes down to whether the industry will take the time and money to invest in this problem.

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