Eye Opener

After the  first week of attending the the Wicked problems class I have learned a lot of things about the world that I was unaware of  such as how climate change started, how cars are really hurting the earth, deforestation, and how we are Using the earth’s resources as we need them even though doing that may lead to our demise. The thing that stuck out to me the most was how little I knew about the problems in the world and problems with the world in the past such as the destruction of Easter island due to the island’s resources being used up very quickly. The movie, The 11th hour also opened my eyes to problems such as climate change, and the rapid use of the world’s resources. To be quite frank I used to not believe in climate change, and other problems because the people in my life, such as my family and friends, don’t  believe that climate change is a real problem happening in the world today. Their argument is that scientists cannot have any idea if this is maybe just a pattern the earth follows throughout its history because humans haven’t been around as long as the earth. In the 11th hour I was presented with real evidence that the climate is changing because of the way we are treating the earth. A specific piece of evidence that resonated with me is that the polar ice caps are melting at an alarming rate. Another piece of evidence that is not in the movie but is happening right now is the fires in California. Another problem that stuck out to me is the deforestation that is happening in South America and the rest of the world. As we learned in class, deforestation was also a huge factor as to why Easter island fell into shambles. The people living on Easter Island used the  wood from the trees on the island  for everything including transporting stones, and building boats. The people ended up using all of the wood stranding themselves on the island and from there they went extinct because they used up what was left of the islands resources and had to resort to cannibalism to survive just a little bit longer. So far I am very interested in learning more about the worlds problems first because I was not aware they were such big problems and second because I want to learn what we as individuals can do to make a difference, and I want to learn what we can do as a whole to hopefully make the world a better place to live in in the future.

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