The world is full of problems and insecurities. Its population is made of beings that have used its resources to help enhance their own lives, but by doing so, completely disregarding the planet’s capacity. The planet has been used and used to the point where it cannot continue to sustain the population and their needs any further. That’s the basic idea of this course, showing the problems with the human relationship with Earth, and how it could possibly be fixed. A lot of issues were discussed in this course: pollution, waste, overuse of recourses, etc. Naturally, I found them all be interesting and I found myself wanting to know more about these different wicked problems. This class was eye-opening for me in the sense that I didn’t realize just how poorly we cared for the planet. I also didn’t realize to the capacity of how poor condition the world is in and that we’re in the final minutes of causing irreversible effects that we’ll eventually have to learn how to live with.
With this course, I learned that my ways need to change. I need to do more research into the brands I’m buying from and supporting, as well as how to make my life more sustainable and not add to the huge amounts of pollution and waste we already have on our hands. Of course, as someone who can’t afford much, and being plus size on top of that, my options are already extremely limited, but I hope that’ll change in the future, and I hope to bring that change as well for myself and others. I also learned that the wicked problems we discussed don’t contain any real or proper solutions when it comes to fixing them. Creating a solution would only cause more problems in the end, and not everyone would agree on the terms of fixing the issues at hand. Wicked problems need extremely creative and crafty solutions, as well as one most can agree will be for the better and the benefit of others.
In the future, I would love to learn how to create different solutions to solve the wicked issues and try to end them for good. I want to understand how much time we have to fix things if we still can, and to solve this puzzle to the best of my ability. It would be extremely difficult, but that doesn’t mean I can’t try and attempt. I love the different ideas of erasing fast fashion and collecting clothes that are versatile, as well as different methods to gain power from reusable resources such as wind and solar power. We need to find these solutions while also trying to maintain our similar lifestyle, which I believe can be done. I don’t think we’ll have to live a life of complete frugality if it’s achieved correctly. Solving wicked problems is a very difficult task, and it cannot be placed on any one person’s shoulders, but if we all gather and put our ideas together, it can be possible and it can be done. We need to do everything in our power to try and reverse these effects that we have caused and to change our inevitable future for the better. There are some things that cannot be fixed by our hand, but with time, we can find keys of how to repair these damages we have created.
Lastly, I want to discussed of what I can do to help influence my own circle. As I am just one person, there isn’t much I can do when it comes to world-changing abilities, but I can help others I know to rethink their own ways of life and just how poorly they could be impacting the environment around them. I want to show other’s I know what littering does, as well as using large amounts of energy or gas. Many people, like me before taking this course, don’t even realize the type of damage they do to the world, and someone needs to shed the light for them. The biggest reason why most don’t realize is due to the secretive nature of the mass media when it comes to trying to cover these problems up, as well as many large names saying “global warming is simply a hoax”. There are many false facts roaming around, and many believe these to be true. All I can do is try my best to share with others the true nature of these issues and why they’re such a big problem. I hope I can influence my circle in a positive way and help them to spread information and influence their own circles when it comes to dispersing this knowledge.
Wicked problems are truly wicked in nature, posing trouble and making it almost impossible to come up with an effective solution of how to somehow mend it. However, if enough people spread the word and information of how poor the Earth’s condition truly is, then maybe we can find more and more people to try and help our cause. We need everyone who is willing to be involved come up with ideas and solutions of how to rectify this situation we have put ourselves in over the span of centuries. Any small idea is useful, no matter how insignificant it may seem. Everyone needs to put in their effort to change what we’ve caused. Industries need to change, policies need to be changed and new policies need to be implemented, It won’t be easy, and it won’t be achieved over time, but we need to be willing to do whatever it takes to restore the Earth to a better and proper condition so we can continue living here happily. This planet is our only home, and we need to take care of it. It’s truly so beautiful, and our works should be used to simply enhance it, not destroy it. We can change our ways and make this world a better place over time, all we need to do is try.