Where will we be in 20 years?

The amount of carbon emissions I personally contribute to the atmosphere is 27 tons per year. I asked my stepdad to take the same quiz and send me his results. He contributes 70 tons per year. He owns a house that has four people living in it. This is why our results are so different. Comparing results is eye-opening and has changed the way I want to live. My self-narrative has always been that saving the environment is important, but I never thought it was an attainable goal. But then I experienced a paradigm shift. Although I have only attended two of our classes, I have realized that I can make a conscious effort to live a more sustainable life. I have always thought sustainability was recycling and not wasting products. But I have learned that it is a lifestyle that involves completely changing the way you live. When someone decides to live sustainably they make the effort to not support unethical companies, not use plastic, and reduce as much waste as possible.

Living sustainably is an effort to cut down on carbon emissions that are negatively impacted, everyone. An important point that was made in the 11th hour is that we all vote all the time. Not in elections specifically but in what we as consumers decide what companies we support. We support companies by purchasing their products. Andrew Dent talked about how when manufacturers design product they need to think about how they will be torn apart and what will happen to those parts. As consumers, we also need to think about that when we are buying products.

During the ‘Wildest Thing’ exercise, it was interesting to see what the class had to say. One of the problem statements I agreed with is that the plastic rings that keep cans of soda together pose a serious threat to wildlife. Another point that the 11th hour stated is that nature does not use chemicals for their way of life. This idea goes along with what Andrew Dent stated. We can take elements from nature to come up with ways to live a more sustainable life. Such as using Nanocellulose for food packaging and synthetic spider fibers for fabric. While watching the movie and the ted talk, I questioned why sustainable technology is not being used if it is available. Another question I have is where the Earth is going to be in 20 years. As someone who is a young adult pursuing higher education and hopes to have a family one day, I am afraid of what the future holds.

Easter Island is a perfect example of what not to do. The civilization had so much time to tend to their environment but instead destroyed it because they believed being more powerful and prestige was more important. They spent their time building statues and cutting down trees. This lead to deforestation which made it impossible to produce crops and live a sustainable life. Instead of worrying about status and materialistic things they should have been using their time wisely taking care of their environment. I have learned that the environment can provide us with more happiness than anything materialistic item could so, therefore, we need to do our part of taking care of it.

A wicked problem is a problem that cannot be easily solved making it way more complicated than a tame problem. A wicked problem in today’s society is world hunger. This problem consists of all six of the characteristics a wicked problem does. There is no definite solution and cannot reverse its effects. This issue has been urgent forever and would require a unique approach to fix the problem. Every single person has a voice that can change the way we live.

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