I’m sure you’re wondering what the title of this has to do with anything? I’m also sure the rapper Future doesn’t even care about sustainability, but every time I hear the word “wicked” during class, this song is what I hear in my brain. The song is probably not the most appropriate thing to listen to but dont worry I’m going to try and relate it back to class.
“Sustainability” is a word I had heard a lot during last year being in DHM. But I never fully understood what it truly meant. I thought to be sustainable meant you recycled and were aware of trash and the earth. While that is partly true, that’s not all there is to it. After the first class period of Wicked Problems, I now understand that it is so much more than just being aware. Being sustainable is maybe one of the most important things that we need to be focusing on and being active about in our world today. The earth is a precious gift that we have been given and we are taking advantage of everything that it has to offer. Without sustainability one day soon, we will no longer be able to live on earth because all of our materials will be gone. This might be one of the scariest things I have ever heard. I never would have guessed that the planet I live on would not be able to sustain the growth of humans and our reckless behavior. This class has opened my eyes to all of the problems our world is facing.
When I told my friends “I’m in Wicked Problems” I always got a weird look out of them and they always said, “What even is a wicked problem?” And I truly didn’t know how to answer that question, I just knew I needed this class. A wicked problem is a problem that we are facing that has no solution in sight or has a solution but it is not attainable. One wicked problem that was brought to my attention is that once we hit 9 billion people, the earth will no longer be able to support all of us. We are growing at such a rapid rate. This is mind-blowing because we will reach that cutoff in my lifetime. It is predicted that in 2050 we will reach that number. With that prediction, we are headed straight for destruction if we don’t do all we can to fix these issues. I will hopefully have children at this point in my life but honestly, it scares me because I will be contributing to the issues leading to said destruction.
So now to try and relate this song with the class. As Future says in the song “I want green, green,green..” well so do I. He might not be talking about the same thing but I want the earth to be “green, green, green”. Deforestation is another wicked problem that concerns me. Trees give us life and the air we need to survive. Trees are being cut down at a rapid rate for unimportant things. We are cutting them down to build more buildings, businesses, houses and things that we already have. If it wasn’t clear enough from the people on Easter Island, they were reckless with how they lived and tore down everything around them. The earth is not full of resources at our disposal. We have an immense amount of non-renewable resources that are being foolishly used. Once our resources run out we will be just like the people on Easter Island and that is foolish. Let’s look at history and not repeat it.
According to the online calculator, my carbon footprint is 49 tons of carbon dioxide a year. It says that my family and I are 21% better than the average household. I’m not sure how accurate that number actually is. My parents and I travel a lot because they live in Texas and the majority of my family lives in Oklahoma. So we are usually the ones that travel back and forth. My brother also lives in Los Angeles so traveling to see him contributes to a lot of that output. I feel that we are conscious of how much we spend and how we use our resources in our house. We always recycle, have cars that get good gas mileage, and always make sure we aren’t wasting. Either way, if that number is accurate or not, that is a huge number and it could be better. Doing this assignment made me realize how much of an impact I truly have on this world and how I can change what I do to better the earth. Simple changes in my lifestyle can have a huge impact. Sustainability is cool!!