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Learning more about our environment and how it is being negatively affected by our actions has intrigued and concerned me at the same time. Growing up I never really knew much about what it was until I started seeing more about it on social media. Now I see news articles about it almost every day.

Knowing about global warming and other global issues, I already had a good idea of what sustainability is. But the word can also mean many other things that have nothing to do with global issues. I do think that as environmental issues grow more and people begin to take it more seriously, I think it would be used as a global issue term.

Before this class started I had absolutely no idea what I wicked problem was. I’ve learned that a wicked problem is an issue that is complex with different solutions and different issues indirectly cause the wicked problem. A tame problem is a simple issue with one problem causing it and can possibly have several solutions to that problem.

The TED talks of Andrew Dent and Paul Gilding were both interesting topics to listen to. The were both similar because they refer to global issues, but one was a solution and the other one was stating the problem. Dents idea was interesting, and I think is a good idea to an extent. I think reusing things for other needs that could reduce waste, but I feel like it could become a hording issue if you don’t end up throwing anything away. That may not be the case, but that is an issue I could see happening.

Watching the video about Native Americans perspective on sustainability was interesting to me because it made me think of my grandmother. She was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation in South Utah and she would tell me that when she was younger her family had their own livestock to live off like chickens and goats. There was no waste in their lives. They had an outhouse for a bathroom and so there was no waste of water there either. I found that to be interesting that lives can be so different two later generations in a family.

The Easter island reading was intriguing as well because it is a good example of what the whole Earth could face if we don’t take ownership of our actions that we are causing.  We don’t have unlimited resources and the could eventually run out if we don’t use our resources better.

I would be really interested in learning more about what happens with a products life. From being made, to being thrown away. The life cycle of products and what can happen to these products if we don’t dispose it properly.

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