There has always been a controversial debate over if poverty is responsible for Global Environmental Degradation or not. An article, “Is Poverty Responsible for Global Environmental Degradation?”, has two points of view that states different facts on both sides. J.B. Opschoor talks about why he believes that poverty does have an influence on environmental degradation, whereas John Ambler believes that poverty is not responsible for environmental degradation. It is very interesting reading both sides of this debate. On one side, the impact on population growth as well as the economic marginalization creates a negative decline spiral for people who live in poverty causing a radical alteration of the environment. While this is an excellent point, on another side world banks tries to measure income and poverty and then introduces indicators of education and health. By doing this it helps the poor to choose a more sustainable route. It is hard to choose which side I am on after reading both of these articles. It opened my eyes to other reasons on how poverty could affect the environmental degradation as well as how they don’t affect it as well. Leyla Acaroglu also talks about another environmental controversial debate, plastic or paper? I myself has always wondered which is better when it comes to these two different types of bags. In the beginning, I thought that paper bags would be the more sustainable route, but after watching her Ted Talk, I came to the realization that I was wrong. I learned that because paper bags weigh more, they take longer to decompose. Plastic, although would seem bad because it is not biodegradable, is reusable. Plastic bags have been used for many things making this the better option.
A post disposable future is a crazy thing to think about, but I am all for it. Think about it, a world where there are no products being just thrown away. It’s crazy! I already try not to use paper unless need be, I mainly use my iPad and laptop to take notes. I also use my re-usable water bottle and straw throughout the day to be rid of plastic water bottle waste. I also use reusable bags for when I go grocery shopping to not have any wasted plastic or paper bags. What I want to work on would be the things I don’t normally think about. For instances, buying from a brand who is not sustainable or environmentally aware. By buying from someone who is not these things, it shows that I support what they cause. RILA is a great example on how retail companies should be. RILA talks about how merchandising departments play a big role in companies in determining the products in which will sell while also reducing the costs and lowering the supply chain risk. RILA is a great website that will show merchandise the benefits of sustainability in merchandising. This also will help the products of service and consumption be recognized. By having a more sustainable product, the good produced would be advertised as such and consumers will be drawn to it. A post disposable future may sound crazy, but I believe that in the end, if we all work towards it, we can do it!