Sustainably Present

            Sustainably will always remain a wicked problem going into the future. In another one of my classes, my professor said that climate change would be something that people my age and their children will have to worry about, and I feel like sustainably falls under that category also. But as a person in their 20’s, why am I having to worry about the problems of the whole world? These people in their 40’s, 50’s, etc. are the ones that have been working their way to getting us to where we are now. They have done their damage, and in theory should be learning from that, and building upon that. Like I had stated in my first blog “How do you work towards something you care about, when people are ever so mindlessly tearing down what progress has occurred on the daily?”. Yes, some companies realize what they’ve done wrong and decide to improve their environmental impacts, but those companies are out weighed by the bigger businesses not wanting to spend more to change their wicked habits. These wicked problems have made their way deep into the foundation of the world’s environment, creating cracks that we must amend before we can be better as a co-existing species. These issues don’t have a simple answer, us human-beings need to join together in starting a new way of seeing ourselves and others in our roles of sustainability. As each problem arises, we all must start thinking forward, and work on not only our sustainability but ourselves personally. Starting with the mind, am I currently doing my best and putting my best foot forward in being happy and holding myself to being the best person I can possibly be?

            As an environmental science major, I have been learning about the wicked ways of industrial practices since I became a student at Oklahoma State University. The classes I have taken so far at this university have helped me mould my thoughts on sustainability before I got into this one, Wicked Problems of Industrial Practice. The most eye opening part so far for me has been that not everyone else in this class has taken any other environmental conscious class. Not saying it’s a bad thing, or other students faults, but I feel like if we are “the future of sustainability” that maybe we all should be making a effort towards growing our knowledge just a little bit more on the idea of having a happy healthy environment for us to be able to survive for the years to come. This is the part of environmental science that gets me emotional. People are so in the dark of what actually happens in big business and in industrial practices. Just because these corporations are “following the law” doesn’t mean it is ok for the environment, and in the end if it is not good for the environment it is not good for anyone or anything. The truly wicked ways of society is one of the things that drives me away from wanting to care too much in the first place.   We all (even myself, and other environmentalists) need to create more mindful practices for us to create a mindful future for our environment. 

The ‘Wicked Problems’ we come in contact with only help us grow and learn the true meaning of being sustainable with our time on this planet. A truly wicked problem is a problem that is unmeasurable and cannot simply be fixed, but has an unknown number of consequences. Wicked problems of this day include, climate change, fast fashion, and as a human race how we constantly take from the earth but don’t have any mindfulness to think about what we should be putting back into it.  Although small, my mindfulness will hopefully reflect in my future and my children’s future. Creating good habits a now that I can pass on that will continue when I am long gone from the world we know. My current habits include recycling plastics and cardboard, growing my own herbs in my kitchen, buying products to last rather than to make do for the moment, and my other simple ways of being more mindful. This class has given me a small experience into the world of meditation, and I would like to use that more in ,y everyday life. Just liked we had learned at the beginning of the semester, to improve the world we must start with ourselves. 

            Growing up in rural Oklahoma, I have seen and been apart of communities big into agriculture. Agriculture is one of the leading industries contributing to global warming. I think that is what opened my views to industrial wicked problems in the first place, it got me interested into what could happen to us and our planet. My town helped shape my consciousness, so I should be leading the way helping others shape their own. Going green not only helps the environment, but humans as a species. When you start to recycle and think more sustainably, you have a truly good emotional feeling. It is like you are becoming closer with the planet, connecting back with the hunters and gather that started our civilizations. My parents both were into gardening, my mom with plants and my father with vegetables and whatever else he could get to grow in our unpredictable Oklahoma weather. That also triggered the green thumb in me with growing plants, and I have also gotten my roommate into growing plants and being more conscious of recycling also. We have also been having nice weather this week so we have been living with no air conditioning or heat, cutting down on our electricity intake and leaving our windows open for a nice all natural breeze. Like I had addressed earlier, this little things create great habits for us to teach others that they can also make small differences when it comes to sustainability. Those little gestures that will make their mark on the unsuspecting consumer out there, and hopefully it will change their mind for the better also. We can only work together and help others gain knowledge, all while avoiding tearing people down because they are also on their own sustainability journey, sometimes we all just need a little help. 

            With my experience in this course, I would like to use the many topics from fast fashion, to industrial waste problems on gaining a better understanding of what environmental problems are and what I can do to educate myself and others on working towards a healthy future. Each week we talk about sustainability in different parts of the world, at different times and eras. So as they were less advanced in the past, we need to start using our technological advances in our favor. This class has shown me it is definitely easier than you think to become more sustainable. But with the knowledge I already knew, and the knowledge from this class, I am happen to know that more and more people are being more aware of their own sustainability. We are as a humans a thing of the future, and if we want to succeed we need to be thinking of our healthy future. Direct or indirect, we can help heal the future.

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