After commencing this course it has given me the opportunity to reflect on two certain aspects of my own life, personal and professional and how sustainability plays a role in both. At a young age I was taught “what you give out you get back’ this was not just in reference to the way we treat each other but also how we treat the planet/environment around us. Growing up we always had quite an extensive vegetable patch where we grew quite a vast array of herbs and vegetables, we also had numerous fruit trees in which we loud pick fruit from all year round.
If there was too much fruit to be eaten it was either used as compost to be put back into our garden or it was dehydrated and stored accordingly. Products were only bought in the quantities required as to help eliminate the need for wastage. Much of what I have learnt growing up have put into practice in my own home. As I currently live in a unit I do not have the space to be able to grow my own fruits or vegetables however do source most of my fresh produce from local farmers, farmers markets or excess from my parents produce.
Unlike my home life, cycling in my workplace is very minimal. Within my unit complex, there are recycling bins provided. However within my workplace, there are no utilities of such offered. From other workplaces I have visited, there have been recycling bins allocated for staff, primarily next to the printer. Also have noticed some workplaces have statements below the signatures on the emails received stating “think of the environment before printing this email”.
I feel my workplace could adopt this method in helping environmental sustainability in the workplace. I have since learnt after watching Annie Lemonade’s “story of stuff’ additional information was not aware of such as we have consumed 1 13 of the world’s resources, and 80% of our original forests are gone. Annie Leonard also talks about perceived obsolescence which IS where we are convinced that we need to update our products even though the existing products are working well. Perceived obsolescence is designed to work on a psychological level.
I have had the same pair of high heels which I still wear for roughly 7 years now and even though they may not be part of the latest fashion trends they are still in very good condition. After completing my ecological footprint (Ecological Footprint Calculator WFM) I was quite surprised at the results if everyone was to live like do we would need 2. 2 planets to survive. After working out my own ecological footprint decided to work out what my mothers would be as her lifestyle is somewhat different to mine.
The number of planets she required was 1. 9, overall not a huge difference compared to mine. Even though her consumption was a lot lower her air travel was a lot higher than mine. However if we were to both reduce the amount of animal products we consume and only purchase reduces made out of 100% recycled material we would only reduce the number of planets we needed by . 02. Even though our ecological footprints are quite low compared to the Australian average of 3. Planets required to sustain our current demands there is still room for improvement. We can’t continue living the way we are, consuming more than what we need or what we can afford. I believe a lot of this has to do with education, not being educated correctly and complacency. If we are taught at an early age what the implications of our actions had on he environment and on our future I think a lot of us would think more about the things we could do as individuals to help our planet.
I know I still have a lot more to learn going forward but so far this course is pointing me in the right direction and also showing me extra things I can be doing to contribute to mine and my family’s future.