Blog #3

For Activity 3 I chose the wicked problem of contamination in water from dyeing textiles. I learned that this is one of the most hazardous ways of polluting water. The waste water that flows in the drains corrodes and damages the sewage pipes. Flowing in the drains and rivers it effects the quality of drinking water in hand pumps making it unfit for human consumption. It also leads to leakage in drains increasing their maintenance cost. Such polluted water can be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. Textile effluent is a cause of signifiant amount of environmental degradation and human illness. Chemicals evaporate into the air we breathe or are absorbed through our skin and show up as allergic reactions and may cause harm to children even before birth.

In the TED talk Leyla aims to make people think about how the choices they make on a daily basis affect the environment. She also explained her story in a fun way. She engaged peoples attention with her team from a design at Eco Innovators to get individuals and companies looking at the full life cycle of products in order to make the kind of savy decisions that can actually affect change. She displayed her design of a card game that helps people think about how to approach sustainability from a systems thinking view. The game features three types of cards, “purple” (Design Problems) cards, which highlights products that lead to strain on Earth; “turquoise” (Design Strategy) cards, which offers approaches to rethinking them; and “green” (Design Inspiration) cards, which offers solutions that others have tried with great results to further open up brainstorming.

Biophilia is the love of life or living systems and the urge to affiliate with other forms of life. This shares the need to (re)connect people with nature and this helps their health and well being. The Biophilia hypothesis is the instinctive bond correlating to humans and living systems. The TED 10 consists of 10 steps that help with sustainability. These 10 topics include, Design to min. waste, Design for cycle ability, Design to reduce chemical impacts, Design to reduce energy and water use, Design that explores clean/ better technologies, Design that looks at models from nature and history, Design for ethical production, Design to reduce the need to consume, Design to dematerialize and develop systems and services and lastly Design activism.

Merchandising is the practice that contributes to sales of products to a retail consumer and not just a physical store. With this you have to be able to think about satisfy increasing stakeholder demands, reducing risks, identifying new opportunities and ensuring supply resiliency for the long term. A traditional retailer – supplier relationship is more of an arms length transaction between the retail buyer and supplier unlike an emerging retailer – supplier relationship where its more of building and maintaining trusted relationships. The value of retail merchandising reduces greenhouse gas emissions, destruction of forests, raising animals, biodiversity loss, human capital and chemical exposure.

In readings over Poverty I was asked to look in depth for the YES view, I found that poverty is responsible for global environmental degradation. It was interesting reading about the two views this Professor had over the relationship between environmental quality and poverty within the wider context of the environmental development system. He examines first that poverty is a vector or agent of environmental degradation and the second that poverty causes a deepened poverty. He concluded that the two added together in a dynamic setting yield the vicious downward spiral.

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