Changing Climates, Changing Minds

Boy, did I think I knew what sustainability was? In retrospect, I thought I had a general knowledge of what we were going to be learning about in this class based on the problem-solving class I took last fall. Even in Problem-solving I think I had a habit of just looking at sustainability as a certain guideline to use when designing, or even in some ways a lifestyle. I do not believe that I ever really looked at sustainability as an ability to maintain resource from the environment. From the information I gathered from the first couple of weeks in this class, a wicked problem is a problem that cannot be solved. It’s different from a tame problem, because a wicked problem is complex, non-linear, and goes beyond the traditional means of problem solving. There are no known solutions to these problems. There are ways in which you could lessen their impact, but there is definitively no way to get rid of them.

            When touching up on the six chararcteristics of what a wicked problem really is, it started to feed my anxiety (as it should). But what really stuck with me the most is that people may not all agree that a wicked problem is a problem to begin with. With this information it is hard to pass down responsibility from generation to generation if not everyone is agreeing that that wicked problem is actually a problem. I think intergenerational responsibility is very important because we need to not be an example but set an example of what true environmental awareness should look like. I believe that the story behind Easter Island is an intergenerational lesson within itself. They neglected the needs of the environment to maintain their own lifestyles, which then led their civilization to perish at their own hand. The same thing will happen to the world if we do not act on it now before it becomes too late.

I believe the 11th hour had reiterated my perspective how I look at the problems that comes along with using the resources of the earth. I like how they implied that people do not look at humans as being a part of nature and that we think we are superior based on the technological advances we have created as a species.I feel like another reason our own mindset places us in line of peril, is that we are stuck in a state of self-narrative where we think attaining a certain level of material things are milestones accomplished across a lifetime. I feel like the gripes we came up with for this assignment were nothing really new or innovative, however I do believe that they are still things that people need to keep into consideration when going about with their day to day lives. Upon taking the carbon footprint quiz I learned that I had have carbon footprint of 22 tons per year which is 27% better than average. This also kind of makes me feel a little bit better about my self-narrative. However, I also think it can still be cut down way more than it already is. I also think that this comes from not having a car and not consuming dairy. I think that its also quite weird that the amount of money you spend on these items are taken into consideration regardless of asking of demographic or background.

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