Blog 1: Sustainability?

I never really thought about what sustainability means. What sustainability means to me is using the resources we have now without affecting the future generations in a negative way. It hasn’t really changed much. The real definition says not to deplete resources so we can maintain an ecological balance.

A wicked problem is a social or cultural problem that is difficult or impossible to solve. Examples of wicked problems are poverty, hunger, health care, obesity, and terrorism. A tame problem has a solution. For example, an algebraic problem with unknown values. It may take a long time to solve, but there is always a definite answer.

I agree with everything in The 11th Hour documentary, but it was kind of boring. You would see someone talking and then it would cut to a view of nature or something and then go back to someone talking. It kinda did that over and over. It was still interesting to think about though. We don’t realize what we do day to day affects the environment in an extremely negative way. We are constantly throwing away nondegradable materials. They either end up polluting groundwater, being thrown in the ocean or just sits in trash dumps.

The six characteristics of a wicked problem are vague problem definitions, variable solutions, solutions have no endpoint, solutions pose irreversible effects, solutions require unique approaches, and are urgent. These characteristics make wicked problems pretty much impossible to solve. Wicked problems today are getting more and more impossible to solve and are constantly changing. I feel like they are impossible because there are so many ways to make a change, but there’s no way you are going to be able to solve it without creating another problem or affecting some other subject.

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