OUR Everyday Impact

Our everyday decisions impact the world we live in. deforestation can be from so many of our daily decisions. Such as the amount of paper we waste day-to-day. Deforestation is a huge problem that even contributes to climate change. Deforestation is the biggest threat in the world for forests. So many forests are being cleared away for the use of agriculture, urbanization or housing,  the construction of roads, and other uses that aren’t beneficial to the forests. All forests absorb billions of carbon dioxide from the air and a large amount of CO2 that comes from the burning of fossil fuels. Enhancing the wellbeing our forest can benefit natural systems and human effect on climate change. 

My understanding of a wicked problem now is that it’s a cultural or social problem thats is  nearly impossible if not completely impossible to fix. It’s difficult to solve these problems because people don’t understand how big these problems actually are. People ignore the problems because they think they won’t have to deal with or experience any of the problems once they are too far gone and ruining the beautiful planet we live on. Thus far is how much I understand wicked problems and the characteristics. I feel that I understand them well, but I’m sure there is more to be understood.

I learned so much from the sustainability visit. I didn’t know there was a place that refurbishes the furniture on campus. Which to me is so nice because some of the furniture in the older dorms could really use it. Also I didn’t know there was a place here in Stillwater where all of the recycling goes from the campus to be readied for recycling. If the efforts I saw from the visit did not exist I personally thing our oceans and just everywhere would be completely covered in trash. There’s already so much pollution in the ocean and I could not imagine what it would look like if there were no efforts at all to stop all the pollution and to clean them it up. 

The question I want to pose to the class is: what if there were no more forests to help absorb all of the fossil fuels, to help as a food safety net during climate shocks, reduce the risks of coastal flooding or other disasters, and to even regulate water flow?

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