Unsustainability Can’t Be Fixed With a Band Aid!

Sustainability isn’t a short term solution such as recycling or donating clothes to Goodwill once when fighting the wicked problem of climate change. Sustainability isn’t a a band aid fix, it is multiple lifelong commitments to find solutions and craves pathways for our lifetime and beyond us. The Easter Island reading shows a small scale example of what a sustainable society looks like and how it works.

The Easter Island’s Indigenous population lived peacefully for 1,000’s of years. They built a relationship with the land. The people took care of the life on the island, and in return, the land gave the people healthy, strong trees for safe homes, a healthy variety of plants that would sustain their diet needs, and animals they were able to use for materials. The peoples of Easter Island were able to create a special bond with their land and build a long term healthy community. However, when colonizers came in 1722, it took 48 years for the Island to be destroyed and unlivable. Which was disheartening and painful to read about. 

 The story of Easter Island colonization and destruction of sustainability is still parallel and current in today’s society but globally. One society discovered unnatural and unsustainable energy 100’s of years ago, which is now the societal standard of living. While cultures around the world are still variable to the distribution of sustainability created society.

This is why I want to attempt to tackle climate change. As someone going into interior design, a career field focused on urban development and societal growth. I want to go into the field of work with a sustainable mindset when creating my spaces. So when doing research, I noticed how wasteful interior design is with creating textiles and its waste. Alleviating this wicked problem of materials is difficult, but sourcing local and ethically made resources seems that route to go in upon researching. And for the created waste, reusing and resourcing the leftover materials and minimizing the thrown out materials.

I thought I was living semi eco friendly before I enrolled in this class. Still, I find the mistakes I make when designing and accidentally over buying textiles and having leftover scraps. As well as accidentally forgetting my reusable water bottle and having to buy a single-use plastic bottle. But what I now find myself doing is reusing the single-use plastic to make it multi-use. And saving the fabric scraps for a new project. My behavioral patterns are slowly changing in my day-to-day life, becoming more constant in my daily routine, finding problematic behavior, and searching for solutions. Those are just the steps a wicked problem solver does.

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