Mindfulness Thinking

Our third week of class in Wicked Problems we talked a lot about mindfulness thinking in our readings and how we can think better when it comes to stainability. I believe mindfulness thinking is, thinking about sustainability and how we can think in a positive way to better the earth. It means you care about the planet around you, for example: recycling, using less plastic, and picking up trash around your local neighborhoods. Mindfulness thinking also ties into activity two. Activity number two has allowed me to think very differently about my topic and my merchandising major as a whole. Something I want to look more into is fashion designers or people in the industry are making a change now in 2019. In my blog I will be talking about a TED talk from Marc Cohen we watched during class, the two readings called ‘Mindfulness and Sustainability’ and Environment and Poverty: Perspectives, Propositions, and Policies, takeaways from the two articles, and lastly Biophilia Design. Merchandising and sustainability mean the most to me because it pertains to my major. From this class I have developed an interest to better the fashion industry through merchandising. 

            The Marc Cohen TED talk simply talks about the importance of wellness, mindfulness and sustainability. This video made me understand the importance of the average person’s health. I never thought about correlating the two concepts of sustainability and someone’s health before watching Marc Cohen.  He described different stressors such as financial, relationships, jobs, people, and aging. Illness and wellness go hand and hand. He discusses how wellness and illness also pertain to sustainability. If we improved our health it would better overall our wellbeing in this world. I believe if people can’t take care of themselves than what makes you think we can take care of the earth for years to come. 

            Both the Mindfulness Thinking and the Poverty “Yes” reading opened up my eyes to seeing sustainability and poverty on a much larger scale than before hand. The first reading over the Mindfulness and sustainability talks about the over view of how our earth has changed over time. One of my favorite quotes from this reading is “Over the past 50 years, humans have changed ecosystems more rapidly and extensively than in any comparable period of time in human history, largely to meet rapidly growing demands for food, fresh water, timber, fiber and fuel” (Mindfulness and Sustainability). This quote amazes me because as our population grows the demand for food, fresh water, etc. will continue to increase. We have to think what can we do individually to make a change and save our ecosystems. Another thing I learned is from the subjective well-being paragraph where it states that “Having better health and well-being is beneficial to ourselves and to those around us. In addition, well-being is likely to have an impact on how we view and approach sustainable behavior”. This quotes goes along with what I said above about treating our well beings as a priority to help how we take care of our planet as well.  The second reading called Environment and Poverty: Perspectives, Propositions, and Policies discusses how poverty is a concern to sustainability. Professor J.B (Hans) discusses the relationship between environmental poverty. Poverty is everywhere and the utilization of space is concerning the people who believe its harming the planet. Poverty also is being called the “vector of environmental degradation where others highlighted degradation as the cause of deepened poverty” this means that the poor is being called the victims. After reading this I perceived a different perfective than I did before hand. I knew that the poor or homeless were living on our streets but never picturing them as being the victim in society. 

             Something interesting we learned about in class was called Biophilia Design which is design that focuses on nature that can be used to other forms functional to  life such as buildings. An example that uses biophilia design concept is the Thorncrown Chapel located in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The chapel was constructed in 1980 and is still standing today. We briefly talked about his example in class and I was stunned to find out that the building is strictly made up of mostly wood and materials common in the Eureka Springs community. This example made me think of other natural materials that could make buildings and other standing structures.

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