“If it can’t be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled, or composted, then it should be restricted, designed or removed from production.” – Pete Seeger, Folk Singer & Social Activist
“Why are there hungry people in a world of abundance?”
How can we help to create a sustainable city?
Instead of being wasteful, what can we do with excess food?
On numerous occasions, my family and I, well, we cook too much food and, eventually, a good amount goes to waste. Especially in thanksgiving, I can confess that we tend to be wasteful with food. I am sure that many Americans tend to do the same thing too. I am also aware of the fact that it is known to all of us that there are countless homeless and hungry people residing in our city. Though one might argue that we are not responsible for ‘them’, what harm would it bring us if share with our neighbors? We do share the same subways, streets, stores, etc…right? Therefore, if you have excess food, would you rather to throw it out than to share it with those in need?
By doing this, not only will we be playing our parts as good samaritans but we will also be practicing sustainability. The video below is very interesting. It zooms in on a sustainable business that is specialized in ‘giving’ to those in need. It also explains in details of how we can be sustainable just by ‘giving’. Enjoy!!!
The creation of a sustainable future is totally dependent on all sectors in society. Like private sectors, public sectors and citizens are all responsible for the environmental and social improvement of society. What if it is only businesses that are practicing sustainability? What if consumers refuse to support sustainable business? What if government refuse to build and improve proper sustainable practices? What would happen to society five to ten years from now?
Re:thinking Consumption zoomed in on the the fact that consumers are now considering sustainable practices. His market analysis is as follow:
customers number one priority is safe drinking water
customers have sources that they trust most. These include certification seal, media reports and reviews from other customers.
This is indeed an interesting and informative article.
William McDonough’s Vision is to create “a delightfully diverse, safe, healthy and just world, with clean air, water , soil and power – economically, equitably, ecologically and elegantly enjoyed”.
He made a few interesting points about the current world. That of the harmful rubber ducky, created for children, is also an interesting highlight. I am pleased that they are now creating toys that are less harmful. Also, his long term strategies for sustainable designs are very remarkable. I do look forward to the changes from this world to the new world.
In this day and age, fashion and individuality is highly recommended/recognized. We all have our own ‘style’ and our own brands that we support because they ‘speak to our fashion senses’. We are also always concerned about, and interested in, what is trending in the fashion world. However, who would have thought that fashion would come second, after the oil industry, on the chart polluters in the world?
In an attempt to ‘fix fashion’s pollution problem’, Amit Karla made three valid suggestions:
Design recycleabe clothing
Design compost clothing
Instead of using the long lasting, harsh dyes on clothing, use dyes that can be easily accessible by everyone. He also suggested dyes from natural spices.
I strongly agree that ‘designing clothes with their death in mind’ is a good idea. What do you think?
Climate change is a matter we are all aware of. However, do we know the negative effects climate change is having on nature?
According to the acciona article, the global increase in temperature is having negative impacts on physical, biological and human systems. It also states that each impact affects the other, as all aspects are interrelated.
Physical – melting in the poles, glaciers, snow and ice; drought; flooding in rivers and lakes.
Biological – wildfire among plant lives and the relocation of flora and fauna in search of ‘better life conditions’.
Humans – destruction of crops and livelihood, desease and death.
This article successfully highlights the impacts of climate change. However, I strongly believe that the real questions, at this point , should be:
What are the major causes of climate change?
Is there anything that can be done to reduce/prevent climate change?
As the ‘Green Team’, we should all know that one of the keys to reversing climate change is proper sustainability practices. We might think that we can not make a difference alone but a wise man once said, “The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones”. I believe that change start on an individual level and, so, I implore us, from this day onward, to start personal sustainability practices and eventually influence those in our environments to join in the ‘change’.
Under normal circumstances I do not succumb to pressure. However, it was my birthday and my son did persuade me to, well, EAT MEAT! The tragic incident occurred on March 11th, 2019 at, approximately, 6:38pm. I can clearly recall ordering Dahl and Roti from the restaurant for myself and curry chicken for my son. Unfortunately, I didn’t check our bags until we were home and ready to eat. Sadly, my Dahl was missing and my son did jump at the opportunity to force me to eat some of his chicken. Of course, I was reluctant but he eventually persuaded me to consume it.
After the fact, I felt ill. I am unsure if I felt ill because of guilt or because my system got used to the vegetables instead. I intend to go back to my regimen and I also intend to randomly switch and eat meat for a night. The purpose of this will be to note how my body will react to the change. I will let you know the date I plan to do the ‘change reaction experiment’, the process and the results. In addition, because I broke my regimen I intend to extend my time frame to April 12th. It is after the 12th that I will do the experiment.
Plans for my Eat Less Meat journey:
Go back to my original fruits and vegetables diet.
Choose a random date to eat meat. The purpose of this is to see how my body will react to the change of food.
Note the date I disobeyed my regimen – March 11th 2019
Note the date I resume my regimen – March 12th 2019
Post the date I intend to break my regimen – TBA
Note the changes that occurred throughout my journey
This video highlights that today, in the 21st century, sustainability is playing a very important role in society’s development. It successfully zoomed in on the changing of technological, ecological and economical dynamics of this growing era. It gives a detailed description of shifts in sustainability practices which, today, focuses on the interest of the end user and sustainable outcome for overall systems. The entire presentation is centered around the effectiveness of sustainability in the modern world. I deem this video as very detailed one. Also, its information and presentation are properly structured. Indeed, it is an excellent educational presentation.
Eat less meat! Promote healthy lifestyle! Rebuild a healthy planet!
At the start of the semester, I highlighted the importance of consuming less meat. Since then, I have been following such practices. It has been a very hard task since my son is always eating meat around me. I have to say that temptation has been playing a very important role in my ‘meatless’ journey. Also, most times, I have to prepare two different meals at home. This tend to be very time consuming. However, I have been doing a good job and I am very proud of my results.
Furthermore, my diet mainly consists of fruits and vegetables. For breakfast I consume fruit smoothes with a side of any nut; lunch- I have vegetable salads, pastas, vegetable loaves, etc.; dinner varies and would be the heaviest meal of my day. I do know that breakfast should be the heaviest meal however, time does not allow me to change this aspect of my diet as yet but I am working towards it. Also, I do try to have my last meal by 6pm everyday, 7pm the latest.
My observations since I start my ‘meatless’ journey:
My skin has a healthy glow.
I am experiencing slight weight loss.
I feel less tired.
I look less droopy than I usually do.
I tend to be more energetic.
Improved cognitive thinking skills .
I have more positive energy/mood through out my days.
I intend to continue this practice for the duration of March. What have you been doing to make a change?
How often do we leave lights and electronics, that are not in use, on?
I live with my 11 year old son and it is a habit for us to leave our electronics running. From time to time, he would leave his games on to go watch the television; while charging his portable electronics. There are also times when we would walk out of a room and forget to turn the switch off. To be honest, these ‘bad habits’ have never been a bother to us. However after researching and reviewing the various types of sustainability practices we conclude that, as small as the action may be, we too can practice sustainability.
My son and I are still constantly working towards conserving. Yes, we still have room for improvement, as we are not yet at the point we wish to be, but it is a start. You too can work towards sustainable practices. Below are some ideas of simple practices that you can still enjoy.
Take showers, not baths.
Don’t leave taps running.
Ride a bike, instead of driving, short distances.
Unplug appliances that are not in use.
Consider going meatless for at least one week.
Use both sides of the paper.
Turn lights off when not in use.
Plant a tree.
Use reusable shopping bags instead of plastic bags.
Install a low-flow shower head .
Hope you find this useful. Looking forward to working together to change this world one step at a time.