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Before I took this class I thought that sustainability was a way to keep the earth clean and healthy in that moment, but after I was introduced to the course I shortly realized that that was not the case. Sustainability is a way to improve the Earth not only in the present but also in the future for every generation to come. This class also introduced me to many other issues I didn’t know were plaguing the Earth until now, like a wicked problem. A wicked problem is a problem that is so complex that it cannot be solved which is the complete opposite of a tame problem which has one solution like vaccines for a virus. Wicked problems litter the earth creating issues that grow larger every day and demand immediate action but we don’t really know what action will really help. There are six characteristics that make wicked problems so incredibly hard to solve, those are, vague problem definitions, variable solutions, solutions have no end point, solutions pose irreversible effects, solutions require unique approaches, and urgency. These characteristics make it nearly impossible for someone to make a solution to these wicked problems and are why these problems are so complex. Andrew Dent talks about the very large wicked problem of waste mainly speaking of the idea of thrift as a way to start relieving the problem on his 10 minuet Ted Talk. He talks of the importance of the acknowledgement that each item has multiple lives. He wants to remove the word waste from the modern -day language by thrifting. Thrifting will allow us to quit growing the massive landfills that are haunting this world today. Sustainability means different things depending on who you are speaking to. Native Americans think of sustainability as what can help us right now and in the future. The Native American man in the video says that his culture embodies the word sustainability and seems to pride himself in the way his culture has sustained the world as he should. He speaks of how they are even aware of sustaining the environment when they are doing something as small as picking berries. Sustainability isn’t even something they have to think about because it is engrained into their culture and the way they have lived for thousands of years. After completing a carbon calculator online, I feel much better about my impact on the world because it said that I was 13% better than the average person. I will definitely have the rest of my family take this test to see if we are doing okay as a whole. One Prime example of waste is Easter Island. On Easter Island people did not think long term and actually just thought about what would be easiest for them right in that moment instead of thinking of future generations. Because of their selfish thinking, they exhausted the small island of all its resources and ruined it. This class has completely changed my self-narrative and the way I look at the world and my own actions because of readings such as Easter Island. Every time I do anything now more than ever I really think of the consequences my action may have on the world and the lives of future generations. One of the topics I have really been thinking about since the class has started is the horrible waste of furniture and what people can start doing to stop that. Furniture waste is what I am choosing to focus on and explore throughout this class. Going into Interior design, this subject hit very close to home and I can’t wait to dive into it and see what I can do to help.  

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