A Tree For A Tree

“Money is to be respected. One of the worst things you can do is handle another person’s money without respect for how hard it was earned,” – T. Boone Pickens, 1928-2019.

An oil tycoon, a business mogul, but most importantly, the Ultimate Cowboy. T. Boone Pickens has had many famous quotes in which I have agreed with over the years. I side with the quote above, but to a certain extent. During our class reading for the week, my learning community was assigned the “YES” article, which begged the question about whether or not the market economy is better at transitioning to sustainability than the government. The article had many solid points about greenhouse gas emissions and how it affects not only the climate, but the overall economy. A major takeaway that stood out within the article was when the author, Paul Krugmen, mentioned “cap-and-trade” as an economical solution to greenhouse-gas emissions. In short, I agree. According to the quote from Mr. Pickens, the worst thing a person could do is spend another person’s money without an idea of how hard it was to earn it. As mentioned before, I agree, but when it comes to cap and trade or pollution taxes, I believe this is one step we would have to undergo in order to begin moving toward a more sustainable future.
Another interesting topic mentioned this week was the Wicked Problems website we glanced over during the lecture. The website defines what an actual wicked problem is through the ten characteristics developed by Horst Rittel. The website further explains social entrepreneurship –– the act of recognizing problems (i.e. inequality, education, food and water accessibility, environmental and sustainability) and actively seeking solutions to mitigate or resolve them. For instance, TenTree is a company focused on restoring destroyed woodlands across the world through fashion merchandising. With each apparel item sold, TenTree plants ten trees in one of seven areas: Madagascar, Nepal, Haiti, Cambodia, Senegal, Canada, and the United States. I have followed and supported this company for the past eight years, as deforestation is a topic I have been passionate about for some time now. I plan to use TenTree’s efforts and research to aid in the overall credibility of my investigative report. As for my career, I plan to incorporate sustainable design, such as green-buildings, to reduce the use of lumber in my projects, aiding in the mitigation of deforestation.

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