Becoming the change for the environment

This past week we read “Is Poverty Responsible for Global Environmental Degradation?”. For this article I was assigned to read the NO section. My overall takeaway from this article was the amount of pollution that is given off due to excessive amounts of energy consumption. Climate change is expanding due to global warming and greenhouse gases. The environmental problems we face today will become an even larger issue if we consume too much energy. Taxes on toxic waste have been set in place in an attempt to reduce pollution, but environmentalists disagree with money as a punishment. The environment we live in today needs to be protected from these harmful gases that are released from buildings, and construction waste. In order to be sustainable, we must find solutions to better our economy and help the earth from climate change. 

After visiting the Wicked Problems website, I have learned that Wicked Problems are faced all over the world. The website enlarges the topic of Wicked Problems outside of my recent research. It focuses on the economy and workforce as well. I have been educated on the characteristics of these complicated issues, and have learned that these problems affect everyone. There is no denying that there is no definite solution to a wicked problem.

In order to try and solve a wicked problem you must think of all the differences and problems that might occur. This leads to almost an impossible solution. Perceiving these problems and educating on the topic could reduce repetition of problems and could prevent future ones from occurring. To be sustainable and make a positive impact on the future, we must develop different strategies and perspectives on wicked problems. 

Brands such as Beyond Meat use plant-based meat to illustrate a plant based diet. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, livestock accounts for 14.5 percent of annual worldwide greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity. To reduce the environmental impact meat has on the world, we must avoid dairy and meat productions which produce pollution and other economic issues. Food and climate change lay hand in hand, so we must be aware of what we put into our bodies and what harmful gasses that the manufacturing process gives off. 

Overall, I have learned a lot about wicked problems and how to be sustainable. Before this class, I was unaware of energy consumption and the environmental impact from pollution. From now on, I will be more sustainable and more aware of what is bad for the environment. I will focus on impacting the economy in a positive way by up-cycling, recycling, and educating others on these issues.

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