This week in class, I was assigned to read the “No” article, which attempted to show a connection between poverty and environmental degradation. The article, however, mentions that there is no actual connection between the two. On the other hand, there are many ways in which poverty in parts of the world affect environmental degradation as well as other environmental problems. In a privileged society like we live in, we do not have to think about as many environment problems as people who live below the poverty line in poor countries. This is because we have things like public trash service, landfills, city workers, etc. However, those living in poverty do not have easy access to things that help to clean up our environment. In this case, environmental degradation comes into affect. The article also mentioned things we can do to step up, as in any problem. Initiating a movement of people and new regulations are just some examples of change that could be implemented.
Leyla’s Ted Talk showed me a new perspective on the materials we use and how they affect our environment. A good point that she made is that it is really more about what we do with the materials we use, rather than what we use. This was really a big take away for me because I had always believed that it was more crucial to stay away from certain items in general, however this brings me a lot of hope for the future in this case. Although we have been conditioned as a society to take the simpler route for many things in life, Leyla emphasized the importance in straying away from this habit. Oftentimes than we may think, the simpler route can be detrimental to ourselves and those around us.
The post-disposable future is a sustainable, environmentally-beneficial idea that was brought to our attention this week in class. Eliminating disposable products from consumers is a start to the plan and would be extremely beneficial to our environment. We dispose of things every single day and day by day our landfills are filling up to capacity limits, forcing them to close and for new landfills to be built which only adds to our environmental problems even more. The post-disposable future plan works with that aspect of our environment, however it is also working to incorporate nature into spaces like offices and public areas, which leads me to biophilic design. Biophilic design helps people to feel more connected with nature, especially those living in big cities whom don’t see much green space often. In such a modern advancing technological society that we live in, spending time in nature is extremely beneficial to our mental, physical, and emotional health and the idea of incorporating indirect and direct nature aspects into designs is such a great idea for our future. Biophilic design, eco-design, and the post-disposable plan are all wonderful and sustainable plans for our future that will impact our environment in so many beneficial ways. I enjoyed reflecting on these ideas presented in class this week and always gives me more hope for a more sustainable future to come.