When enrolling for classes at Oklahoma State University I decided to take a class DHM-1101 that is focused on Wicked Problems and sustainability of our world. With the lessons that have been taught in class so far, I have learned that our planet is declining at a pace that is increasing each day at very dangerous pace for our future. With this, not only comes health issues that will impact us as people but will also impact our environment in negative as well.
When attending class for these 8 weeks, I have noticed that think that everyone is taught and is informed on most of these wicked problems such as global warming, climate change, sweatshops, and the mass extinction of more and more animals each day. A wicked problem is a problem that has an unknown number of consequences and the information to solve the issue is unmeasurable while the problem itself is difficult to define and organize. This can make it very hard to solve the problem let alone make it nearly impossible to solve as a single individual. Therefore, Wicked Problems can only be solved by everyone coming together as a collective and starting to do those tiny things that may get on your nerves like recycling constantly.
We as people are aware of the things that go on in our world for example, global warming, animal cruelty, greenhouse gases and much more. Though we are aware of these problems existing, we are not fully aware that these problems are usually close to unsolvable. This brings up the topic of mindfulness and practicing being mindful in our everyday lives. I can relate my practice of being mindful is by focusing on being mindful of everyone around me throughout each day. For example, getting the doors, being mindful of wearing a mask when in public, doing small favors for people and more. I have learned from class when thinking mindfully my mind has felt clearer when dissecting new topics and solutions for problems. Secondly, I have found personally that it has created a new passion for me. I have recently switched my fabrics to all organic materials such as hemp denim. The start of this process is an example of me being more mindful of my surrounding and my capabilities to contribute back to the earth and our environment. I think a big step that the fashion industry could take is switching fully to 100% sustainable fabrics. This would be a very good step to take in order to get one step closer to a sustainable fashion industry. Another important topic that needs to be changed is the use in fur within the fashion industry. Over 100 million animals are dying every year for their pelts and fur.
When reflecting on myself with “compassionate responses” I found that I understand no one is going to be able to give their all to help create a sustainable lifestyle. People are too busy with other things in their life to fully give their all to create a sustainable planet. I do believe that each act that is positive towards a better outcome with our environment should be looked highly upon. Throughout the class, we have been told and have learned that not everyone will understand around the same time as everyone else in the class. I agree with this because I also find myself doing a part every once and a while throughout life. For example, remembering to recycle the correct products as well as pick up trash I see on the ground when walking by.
When seeing things through an emotional approach, viewing wicked problems can be very frustrating at times. For example, one group can have a very strong opinion about a solution to a problem. While others could have a complete opposite view on the solution to the problem. A small solution to this problem would be to start thinking more mindfully and the start of meditation. Meditation can really help one’s mind to open up to help find new ideas and solutions in a more calm manner.
Given what I have learned in this course, I see myself making small but important changes to my clothing line. For example, I want to soon make the switch to fully and only us sustainable fabrics such as hemp, organic cotton, linen, and lastly Tencel. Bringing sustainable fabrics to the fashion industry will be a great first step in hopes for a more sustainable and efficient industry within fashion. I think if more clothing lines become more open to sustainable fabrics that other lines will start to take the same approach.