Connecting with Nature to help Nurture

This week in class we have been focusing a lot on sustainability and the environment. The reading was about environmental degradation and we were split into a YES and NO group. I was in the NO group. When reading this article we were supposed to determine whether we agreed or disagreed with the statements. The NO part of the article that I read talked about how there is a common link between poverty and environmental degradation. They also talked about the common pairing of population growth and environmental degradation. The article said that though these things were commonly linked there is no actual simple link. This means that they are not actually caused by one another. The article also talked about ways of tackling the problem. It talked about having operational shifts, new regulations, and starting a movement of the people. I think that this is very important because if we really want to get something like this done it will take many people to help out. Can you think of any more helpful suggestions for starting to make a dent in the issue of sustainability? Going along with the topic of sustainability and ways we can make a change, we listened to a TED Talk by Leyla Acaroglu. She talked about paper and plastic bags. What I like about this TED Talk is that it gave me a different perspective than before. I had always thought that paper was the environmentally friendly choice, and I’m sure that’s what most people think as well. Why do we all think this if it is not true? This is because we are not being educated enough on sustainability and the little things we can do to help. She talks about how we do not think of the damage things will cause. “We like simple solutions,” she says. When faced with a choice we chose the one that is “better”, but what if they are both bad? We really need to take more time to fully understand what the consequences of our actions will be rather than just going whit what we think is better. One of the biggest things she said that stuck out to me is that it is not necessarily the material you use but how you use the material that dictates the environmental impact. This was very eye-opening to me and I think would be too many. This leads me to another thing we talked about in class, the post-disposable future. The post-disposable future is an idea that many environmentalists are working towards. It means that we will get rid of all disposable products in order to better help the environment. As of right now, we use disposable products all the time without ever thinking about it. It is the easier option for us but it is destroying our environment as we do it. It is a simple thing that we can work towards and an easy way to give back to the environment and help reduce waste. We need to be thinking more of the environment in everything we do. That is why biophilic design, which is a design concept we talked about in class, was very interesting to learn about. The biophilic design focuses on designing spaces that will help people to feel better connected to nature. Designers create this feeling by using direct and indirect nature in their designs. This I think is very good for the environment as well as the people. We should strive to feel more connected to nature and to help nature more. I think the biophilic design will be very helpful in that aspect. I think that if we really want to do something about the environment and the wicked problem of sustainability we really need to look in and connect with nature. Start a movement among the people around us. Start doing what you can do to help nurture our environment the way it has been nurturing us.

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