More than just a wicked problem

The reading for last week, “Is Poverty Responsible for Global Environmental Degradation”, was very interesting, it helped me better understand what Environmental degradation is in the first place, which is the loss in environmental quality from pollutants and improper land use. This article allowed me to have a better understanding on how poverty remains the root of cause, and how the poor are forced into unsustainable practices because that is all that they have available to them. These practices that they are forced into lead to soil degradation and have a spiraling effect on the environment around them. I think the primary purpose for this article was to show people that the poor should be a primary focus group on helping keep our environment clean for futures to come, but in order to do that they need our help. This allows us to better understand how developing countries need the United States help in better practices. It allowed me to better understand how globalization does increase the wealth of developing countries but can also produce environmental impacts as well. I really enjoyed this article because it allowed me to think of what is going around in Stillwater and if there is anyone trying to help solve the problems that were discussed in this article. It also allowed me to process some topics that I wouldn’t have thought would affect our environment and how they were caused. Overall I thought this article brought up some very interesting points and found it to be very eye opening and made me think a little bit harder at how what was discussed played a role in my life. I found that the article brought up some very fair and interesting points and I believe that the topic would be different for each reader and that the readers’ mindfulness and specific perspective would help decide where they stood on the subject. I believe it is up to that person to do their research on both sides and then decide for themselves where they stand in the matter. This semester I have definitely learned some valuable lessons in our readings, class discussions, and videos that have made me realize the little things in life can play a big difference. Going into this course, I knew very little about sustainability, I knew of the buy back programs that businesses such as h@M and Levi Jeans offered. H & M is fighting wicked problems by offering textile waste recycling within some of their clothing lines. They saw a wicked problem in the industry and are doing their part in eliminating textile waste. The wicked problems website  has allowed me to understand the subject better and even made me realize that I would like to take another sustainability class to learn more about sustainability geared towards the apparel industry. I am able to identify wicked problems in my career and how they surround us in our everyday lives.  I learned that before we can act on a wicked problem, that we must change our behavior. I learned that sustainability is more than just recycling your plastic water bottles, and that it is more than just a few simple changes here and there. It is about changing the way you think and focusing on what choices you make and if they will benefit the environment.Since this class, I have been using more of the scrap material from the scrap piles bucket to make my samples in class, I have been carrying around a water bottle so I no longer use plastic bottles. As an apparel design student, I definitely want to create a collection made out of recycled materials and have it in the Euphoria fashion show on display. I have seen the seniors make dresses out of recycled materials and I knew that I loved the idea of turning something old into something new.  I am looking forward to seeing what other classes I can take to learn more about limiting textile waste in the Fashion Industry and I will definitely be on the lookout for more classes like this.

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