Environmental Sustainability!

This week’s discussion prompted many thoughts in my wandering mind that had not yet surfaced. We talked about many “Wicked Problems” and environmental issues that are currently going on in our age today. If I am being completely honest, I did not know what to expect coming into this course. I was not sure what the term “Wicked Problems” meant until this past week! Some of the wicked problems we are facing include deforestation, global warming, and waste production. The conversation about waste production that we had in class really stuck out to me because you never know where your trash will end up. It is so important to take care of our environment and keep it clean because at the end of the day, this is our home and we are called to do the best we can to keep it running the way that it should. As a nation and community we need to do a much better job of taking care of our environment and planet. As I was on our course zoom listening to the conversation about this topic one thing that popped into my head was, you get out of it what you put into it and I believe this is so true in life. If we take care of our surroundings and the environment then in the end, it will be good to us in return.

            As we were split into breakout rooms on zoom, we were told to converse about situations that we considered Wicked Problems. My group focused on deforestation and the fact that URGENT action is needed. I believe that we need to do a much better job of taking action and attacking these problems when they arise. If we choose to take care of our environment, it will in fact take care of us. Our reading from Easter Island was very interesting to me. My break out room also talked about how the individuals on Easter Island should have come more prepared. We were told to come up with a first domino, tipping point, lessons, and lessons applied for the situation at Easter Island. The first domino for us was the fact that they came unprepared and with no supplies. The tipping point was basically them hitting the point of no return and progress for progress sake. The lessons learned and lessons that should be applied that we gained from this situation were to come prepared and have backup plans, always.

            Overall, I had a great first two weeks in this course. As I previously stated, coming in I did not know what this entire course would entail but after the first two weeks I can say that I am very excited for what is to come. I am very interested and eager to learn about more Wicked Problems within the world today. I actually find this course very interesting, as I believe it relates to my Problem Solving class. I believe it is always important to be an intricate problem solver and know how to work through things in an orderly manner!

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