What changes can be made

Sustainability is the balance of natural resources and human life. Sustainability in itself is a “wicked problem.” Wicked problems have six characteristics presented in “Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning” by Rittel and Webber. Wicked problems have vague meaning, which results in a kaleidoscope of solutions. This kaleidoscope of solutions has no limits. The solutions also may result in other wicked problems causing further consequences. Rittel and Webber state due to the diversity of the people in the community, solutions have no optimum approach for implementation. Now that I have given a vague outline of a wicked problem. Let’s look at some takeaways from the “11th-hour” video. According to the video, the increasing population is putting a strain on the planet. Fertilizers and pesticides applied to the mid-west fields are causing a dead zone where the Mississippi River dumps into the Gulf of Mexico. The melting of Arctic ice sheets will reduce the solar energy reflected into space. The problems stated above are defined as a wicked problem because they meet either one or more characteristics. So, now ask yourself, what can I do? Examine your carbon footprint. My family’s carbon footprint is 34 tons of CO2/year, 56% better than average. We can also look into policy-makers, examine changes that can be made in our own homes and our communities, and change our buying habits. As our grandparents taught us how to cook, sew, garden, food preservation, and hunt or fish. We need to continue with future generations. With the loss of home economics in schools, we rely on fast fashions. According to Assefeh Barrat, consumers spent three trillion dollars on fashion last year. As long as brands and designers create fifty-two collections a year, landfills will continue to fill with fast fashion. Brands should embrace small designers that upcycle.  

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