Unsustainable Life Impacts.
To begin, I do use a lot of electricity in other ways like when I use my laptop. I use my laptop for school projects, watching Netflix, and anything that I need to do online day to day. It’s one of the best investments that I have made as a student, but I wonder how much energy it takes to charge it, and my cell phone every night. That would also be an outside factor since I don’t control where I get my electricity from, but I do determine whether I use it or not.
The things that we all do day to day affect how much things cost, how it impacts nature, and how it changes the way we think about what is good and what’s not.
As a student, I can be more sustainable by just drinking water or making my own coffee instead of buying coffee. With charging my laptop and cellphone, I can invest in a solar panel, and charge those devices that way.
I see that in the future, I will still want to live near where I work, since it is much easier to commute back and forth. My personal habits are hard to alter, since I don’t notice that I use a lot, but the consumer society as a whole makes it seem that way.
From the Urban Landscapes and Sustainable Cities reading, “Sustainable development is a broad term generally thought to include equity, and economic and environmental concerns.” This means that there are a lot of factors that play into how a city functions, and what it means to be sustainable. There are ways to improve equity, the economy and protect the environment that we have. For instance, Professor Kocs states in her document on Ecological Restoration in Urban Parks, “undertaking ecological restoration in urban settings not only provides local stakeholders with opportunities to define for themselves what counts as history, but also to define what counts as the “original” value of an area.” This perspective on cities and the environment do play a major part in how we view our lives in the realm of sustainability.
The most critical challenge that we have today is how to achieve this goal of a having a sustainable city. For that to be the normal in the next few decades would be really cool.
Thank you! Hope you all have a great weekend!
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