This activity has been the most eye opening of all the activities we have done before. The topic I chose was textile waste in landfills. Going through the research process has been a hassle, its not a “wicked problem” that is as prominent or talked about like climate change or deforestation. But, the problem to me has a lot of solutions you could try, so that will help in explaining some options. What I took away from the poverty reading is I can see how people can think that poverty can lead to unsustainability. Yes, people who are in poverty are not worried about environment because they are more worried about surviving the day. But, I also do not think it is their fault, I believe the people who are better off in this world should step up for those who can not do their part. The TED talk by Leyla was okay to me. The topic of switching paper bags with plastic bags is something all people should do because it is just smart. Plastic bags don’t biodegrade like paper bags and lowering the number of plastic bags in the world will help the ecosystem. They would not be floating around in the ocean for fish and other aquatic life to eat and die from it. As well it eliminates those being in landfills.
Biophilia is an interesting word in sustainability. If you break the word down and explain each part, you can basically have the definition of the word. First, bio is life and philia is the opposite of phobia, which is the love for. So, combine them makes the love for life. When I think about biophilia I first think about the love for wildlife I have. I also think the word could be interpreted as being aware of life and having empathy and compassion. Tying it all back to the start of the year, just being mindful of your surroundings. The small little field trip we had was very interesting to me. The office visit we had before we walked through all the different shops was probably the most information given to me. To hear all the awards that OSU has for sustainability and all the millions of dollars we have saved. For instance, one little money saver they do is they can tell which rooms aren’t being used in certain parts of the day and they can specifically control the temperature in that room where they don’t use power towards that room. They also encourage people to turn lights off in rooms no one is using. Also, they have roughly 75% of the energy we use on campus is from the OSU wind farm. I also learned that all the furniture on campus that can be fixed by us, the upholstery shop is the one to fix it. There are also furniture on campus that is over one hundred-year-old. One question I want to leave off with is whether you consider yourself a lover of nature and life?