I read the No reading by Leigh K Flecther, which was about building codes. A standard policy that can reduce electricity, limiting carbon since buildings are the largest contributor to electricity consumption. Her goal towards sustainability is to reduce carbon and limit buildings pollution. Reading Flecther’s work made me look at a perspective of climate change from a different viewpoint. Before reading, I didn’t even consider how much pollution current builds produce because I had a delusion that since the building is already built and running, it doesn’t have that much environmental impact as the waste industry or factories producing material goods. From her work, I took away a new perspective and knowledge of building’s environmental impact. Now I find myself unplugging electronics I’m not currently using and putting on jackets before thinking about turning up the heat now.
Today with the technology almost everyone has access to, I don’t see why not to look into wicked problems. The Wicked problems website is easy to use and accessible to understanding the variety of different source lens and perceptions of what is a wicked problem and how it all affects us, instead we know it or not. Before taking this class, I understood the urgency of climate change and the seriousness of how we aren’t living eco-conscious. I blamed myself and held myself accountable for everything, which crushed me. After learning about wicked problems and how intertwined they are, it was like a breath of fresh air. I stopped blaming myself and letting on the weight of the problem lay on me and my inability to fix it independently. A wicked problem is a wicked problem for a reason. I take a team of intelligent people from all backgrounds and cultures to aid one Aspect of a small issue out of the iceberg of wicked environmental problems.
I already limit my trash and plastic products, shop second-hand, and use reusable bags. But new goals going forward with my life is to find new ways to recycle. Recently found the plastic brick method. Taking a big plastic water container and cutting up plastic waste into pieces and packing them tight into the jug until it becomes rock hard, and donating my plastic brick to a company that uses them for repurposing them into building supplies. This will prevent more plastics and microplastics from going to landfills and taking them into a new life.
Gjenge Makers is a company founded by Nzambi Matee. Her company turns plastic waste into paving stones. Her bricks are harder than cement bricks creating value and quality materials out of waste. She gets her materials free from packages factories and buys from recyclers. Her company generated 112 job opportunities for garage collectors, which they hire women and youth. Her company is a pathway to solving wicked problems and making the most out of the sources we got.
My sustainability journey plans are to keep looking for daily habits that can change, make the most out of what I have, and make sure the waste I create can continuously evolve and find a better place to end up. I also want to incorporate sustainable practices in my future carrier and incorporate bio-design in my practices as a future commercial interior designer.