Wicked human nature leads to wicked problems in our nature.

It is no secret that our planet is wounded and suffering. There are numerous things we as citizens could do to even slightly make a difference, yet do we all do that? Often in public school systems we are introduced to “green living” and eco-friendly tips to incorporate into our daily living habits such as recycling, conserving water, and turning off unneeded lights, but as we all grow up we slowly stop practicing these measures to save our environment. As individuals, we often don’t take into consideration how our own living habits impact our surrounding environments, and we brush things off with the excuse of “it doesn’t apply to me”. In reality, though, every little difference that we can make helps and establishes a future for more change. To me, I considered sustainability to mean how something performs or reacts. However, this definition has evolved and proven to have a new meaning from the recent knowledge I have gained from readings in this class. A wicked problem is an issue that is difficult or impossible to solve due to incomplete, changing, and contradictory requirements. A tame problem, however, is very similar to a wicked problem except for these problems can be solved from applying the correct algorithm. Wicked problems vary within six characteristics: vague problem definitions, pose irreversible effects, variable solutions, solutions that have no endpoint, solutions that require unique approaches, and urgent problems. Personally, all of these problems deem to be equally important to me and require equal effort. The 11th hour film has so far stunned me in many ways with the factual information regarding our environment that I was unaware of before. My biggest takeaway from the film has to be the key factors that are destroying our environment as we speak, such as global warming, climate change, deforestation, polluted waterways, and raging wildfires. It’s not that I wasn’t aware of these things before, but this film really brought it all to awareness and made me realize how crucial change really is. This realization, as a whole, was my major takeaway.

 My takeaway from the Rittel Webber reading was that the problem within a wicked problem is not the problem itself, yet it is discovering where the trouble really lies. This is because in a society, we all live among our own varying standards and values. What satisfies one may be loathsome to others. This takeaway and point made me realize just how complex wicked problems can be, and are. At the end of the day though, we all hold our own self narratives and paradigms- these help to define who we are and what role we play in society. Personally, I carry a self narrative of being humble and kind. On another note, every single thing that we do today sets the tone for future generations and how our ancestors will live and survive. This is beyond more important than we may think and contradicts the excuse of “it doesn’t apply to me” that so many of us abuse. Intergenerational responsibility is like a gift to the future from the past and can be practiced in many ways. As citizens, we can do things everyday to improve our world for ourselves and our future generations such as reducing litter, conserving water, planting more trees, conserving wildlife, reduce pollution into the atmosphere..the list goes on. But besides basic eco-friendly habits such as these, our carbon footprints can make a bigger impact than we think. My household’s carbon footprint sits at 52 tons of CO2 per year which is crazy! I value this as needing change and can say that I will be working toward improving this for the sake of our environment. Every industry field has wicked problems, however one in specific relating to Interior Design that I would like to see change sought after in is waste management. During projects and construction as old material is getting tossed out and replaced with new products, we seem to care less about where the rubbish goes. Landfills across the nation are closing due to overcrowding and many states, such as Indiana, are struggling to open new landfills for its communities. A better solution to waste management in this field would be very beneficial for the world now and the world in the future in order to keep practicing and promoting sustainability and help our already-suffering environment to heal even the slightest from what we have caused overtime. 

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