Jessica Jackley’s Ted Talk over “Money, Poverty, and Love” was great. Sometimes people just need a little support or help to do great things and that is exactly what she did. We often let money define a lot in our life, but it shouldn’t. Jessica’s business Kiva helps the poor by helping them. Like in the environmental degration reading it discusses how we do not need to blame the poor, but help them, just like Jessica. Annie Leonard discusses how we ALL are destroying the earth by production and consumption, not just a specific classification of people. We are all destroying the earth by living in such unstainable ways. Yann Arthus-Bertrand shows impacting photos of what our unstainable patters have and will do to our home if we do not stop mass pollution. He said “We do not want to believe what we know”, this is so very true. We know the damage we are doing, but we just continue the bad habits until something goes wrong. We should choose to change BEFORE the problems become too wicked.
The article over tackling climate change talked about the LEED program. I think the program is a really great way to create a more sustainable world, city by city. If every city had to build green buildings like the ones in the article then much resources would be saved. Going green or choosing the eco-friendlier product usually cost more, but in the end, it is such a better choice by the amount of pollution it keeps from being implemented on the earth.
Being part of the Design, Housing, & Merchandising at Oklahoma State University I have learned a lot about the unnecessary negative impact the industry has on the world. Being a student, I will be a communicator. I want to let my friends and family know how small changes can have a large impact. I want to tell them about my carbon footprint and how much pollution we implement without even realizing. When I enter the work force as a merchandiser I want to be an activist. I want to be able to stop a company from buying unsustainable textiles, or promote eco-friendly designers, really just anything I can to make some sort of sustainable impact in career. My wicked problem discusses the impact textiles have on the world. I have learned many shocking things while further researching. Cotton is the most used fiber to create textiles. A Cotton crop requires 2,700 liters of water, which is the same amount the average person consumes within a two-and-a-half-year time frame. That means for every shirt hanging in your closet 2 and a half years’ worth of water for a human is lost. Dying textiles is just as bad, using 1.3 trillion gallons of water per year. This wicked problem is HUGE and changes have got to be made!!!