I thought sustainability was how to make something environmentally friendly and I thought of recycling, renewable, natural, and “going green.” Sustainability is the ability to exist constantly and the capacity for the biosphere and human civilization to coexist together. The definition of sustainability first meant to conserve natural resources, but today it can mean many different things depending on what context it is being used in. More businesses are trying to use sustainability as more people are bringing it to light and showing how our world desperately needs it. People are putting an emphasis on maintaining ecosystems and conserving natural resources while still focusing on the environment, but making sure we will still have resources for the future. Sustainability focuses now on economic development, social development, and environmental protection.
A wicked problem is a problem that is difficult or impossible to solve with just one solution. There is no single solution for this problem so people must brainstorm multiple ideas on how to solve this idea or problem that can not be fixed. A tame problem can be solved by applying the right algorithm and this differs from a wicked problem because a wicked problem has no known algorithm for which to solve it. Many people have different views and ideas on wicked problems which makes it difficult for their to be one solution to the problem.
The six characteristics that make wicked problems difficult to solve are vague problem definitions, variable solutions, solutions have no end point, solutions pose irreversible effects, solutions require unique approaches, and urgency. There is no definite formula on how to solve these issues and problems which make it open for discussion among others. These problems also do not have a stopping point so there is never a signal on when they are fully solved. The solutions that individuals come up with can not be true or false, but rather good or bad. Any solutions for wicked problems can always be used, but some are definitely better than others. There is also no way to test a solution to a wicked problem. This is why climate change and other environmental problems are so hard to solve because they are wicked and do not have just one solution that would fix the whole problem.
Intergenerational responsibility is the responsibility of the present generation towards the future generations. I believe this to be very important and people need to be more aware of this. This is the idea that we need to preserve our natural resources and environment for future use. We need to look on how to solve issues such as climate change today and for the future.
Easter Island was one of the most inhabited places on earth and was once a flourishing and advances society. Easter Island is an example of the dependence of human societies on their environment and the consequences of damaging the environment. It became a place with few resources and massive environmental degradation was brought on by deforestation of the whole island. These people could not find the right balance with nature. The earth has only limited resources to support human society and all its demands. This is similar to today and we need to realize that we do not have unlimited resources.
The 11th hour was a documentary we watched in class and I learned that we need to separate us from nature. People today focus on the economy and do not treat nature gently. We have a reliance on fossil fuels and humans need to be aware of climate change and global warming. Some believe that the economy is more important than nature and more children are having asthma problems from burning oil. There is limited awareness among people about sustainable development and corporate economic industrialization.