Leaving Our Mark on the World

I first thought that sustainability was just related to recycling but didn’t really know fully what it was. I have now learned that sustainability is the ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level. What this means in relation to the planet is that the earth needs to be able to maintain itself but with the many issues that humans have caused over centuries we are getting closer to being unsustainable. That is why we need to use things that are sustainable and help reduce waste and help the environment as much as we can. Sustainability is a big wicked problem that we are seeking to solve. Wicked problems are social problems that are almost impossible, if not impossible, to solve. Some examples of wicked problems are climate change, poverty, homelessness, and hunger. These wicked problems are difficult from tame problems because tame problems can be solved by applying a method that we know works to solve problems. With wicked problems, we have to come up with and creative solutions because the methods that would normally be used to solve tame problems don’t work.

Some characteristics of wicked problems are:

  1. There are no right or wrong ways to solve
  2. They take a long time to solve and have no end in sight
  3. There is no clear problem definition
  4. Everyone has different ideas of how to solve the problem
  5. Most wicked problems are interconnected and affect each other
  6. Solutions are limited by a world view

The characteristics that stick out the most for me is that they are all linked and there is no solution or end in sight. This is crazy because it is hard to believe that some of the biggest problems in our world we don’t know how to solve. The 11th Hour documentary talked about these wicked problems. It educated us about the big problems like climate change and pollution and encourages us to do something about it. It is helping us to understand the importance of these wicked problems and inspire us to get creative about coming up with solutions and doing what we can to solve them. Rittel- Webber talks about wicked problems and defining the problem. It is about defining problems and identifying action. One of the main points made is about bridging the gap between what-is and what-ought-to-be.

When thinking about the environment, wicked problems, and leaving our mark on the world it is important to consider what we’re doing and how it is going to affect the planet. I feel like we often don’t think about how what we’re doing is going to affect the world in the future. We are all leaving a carbon footprint and it is essential that we do the most we can to leave as little of a mark as you can. I believe that it is important to do everything we can for the environment for generations to come. The term intergenerational responsibility has caused some controversy because some people do not believe it is our responsibility to save the world for future generations. I personally believe that we should take care of the planet and try to make it better for those who come after us. As we do things to help the environment we must also teach the younger generations so that they can continue to do all they can to keep the earth healthy. It is essential for all of us to continue to grow in our awareness of our earth and how we can help it to thrive and sustain itself. We need to leave a good mark on this world.

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