Reading 4 described how environmental degradation is becoming a subject that can decline the environments quality and release harmful pollutants into the atmosphere that will ultimately cause major damage to the earth and all that resides in it. This article highlighted the problematic situation of poverty and the level of contribution those living situations defined by this term participate in. It was a main concern for those within this description practice destructive acts because they are unable to have the luxury of exhibiting sustainable practices. The result of this is the destruction of soil and undertaking improper waste destruction. There were other concerns over the harm to the atmosphere that can result in acidic rain from sulfur contaminated water. It is mentioned later that rather than poverty being the cause of environmental degradation, it is a side effect and poverty does not create the whole problem. “Poverty can be both a result and a cause of environmental degradation.” The whole blame should not be shifted toward those who have little access to sustainable practices. The competition between poverty and wealth is constant and can separate persons from living stable and productive lives. “Poverty is… a social relationship of competition among individuals, social groups and the state in a pursuit of wealth and power.” We can do more to assist those living in poverty and improve their connection to the environment and sustainable practices to care for the earth. We should take advantage of the problems at hand and show compassion for those less fortunate than us. We can create change if we stop shifting the blame to others and take responsibility for part of the problems created by humans. It is unfair to blame others even if they are not within the poverty system. Our opportunity is now. Pushing this problem aside will not make it disappear, but only grow in destruction.
In a post-disposable future, I believe that it would increase the earths health and exponentially decrease the amount we spend on daily items. If we can promote the use of upcycling clothing and creating strong donation organizations as well as increasing material recycling, then the ability to implement a post-disposable future should be something that could be easily adaptable, but difficult for many to completely switch to because of comfortability within the norm.
In the Ted talk with Leyla, I was inspired by the new developments she mentioned involving water waste and how much we do not realize is wasted by everyday activities. The model design for the water kettle caught my attention because of the water reservoir that measured the amount of water by however long the button is pressed to stream water into the section to be boiled. We are lazy and making a kettle designed to appeal to that laziness was inspired.