Sep 23, 2022
I believe that communities that will directly reap the effects of any ecological changes actively done deserve the right to be a part of the consultation, conversation, and decision in the change being made. I envision a world where Indigenous communities are able to have all three dimensions of justice, distributional, procedural and recognition be satisfied. In particular the Indigenous communities will have no net negative impact on their community, food sources, etc. due to the change. The Indigenous communities will be consulted before changes are implemented and their values and cultural aspects are taken into consideration and will be preserved with any ecological change. I want to start a movement to bring more awareness of the lack of autonomy and involvement the Indigenous peoples are given in decisions regarding their ecological communities. In particular, I want to advocate for a policy/law to be implemented in every province in BC first, and then slowly expand to countries where for every new project/change, a committee of Indigenous peoples or any other group affected in the change are created and are directly part of the conversation. This committee must give permission and agree before any changes can actually be passed. This would not only benefit the Indigenous communities by allowing Indigenous leadership to direct the change that is proposed, but also allow further consideration of environmental, cultural, and health-related consequences that may arise from the proposed change. Also if changes that were allowed that impact the environment, the responsibility of those implementing those changes hold the responsibility of still maintaining the environment and making efforts to preserve or even compensate communities affected. #UnleashValues
Sep 16, 2022
For the question “What positive future do you envision?” The first thing that came to mind for me more sustainable shopping, in particular with clothing. Recently, the common norm for women’s fashion consists of articles of clothing that have relatively less materials than they would have 10 years ago (as most are cropped now), poorer quality, as well as higher prices. I did think that this trend would pass however it is now the new norm and people are expected to buy such things. My vision for this would be that there would be changes in production of these clothing that although they may be newly produced, that they are made of different materials to last longer, especially enough that if people wish to get rid of these clothes (after the trends pass), that they are still durable enough to be sent to vintage/thrift stores to be repurposed. This would align also with the current world interest in thrifting. My values around this topic center around that fashion has always been established to be of trends and this fact that clothing is worn and then not will never be changed. However, by adjusting the clothing material itself, to allow it to last longer so that they can be donated and worn by someone else will contribute towards a more positive future that will allow for less environmental burden through the production of even more clothes that would arise from more people wanting to purchase new trends rather than just thrifting it at a lower price. What I am committing to do is partake in more thrifting rather than purchasing directly to take my first step in reducing consuming as it is difficult to start immediately cutting off shopping habits.
Sep 16, 2022
Hi everyone! My name is Sara and I am enrolled in ENVR430 at UBC as a fifth year Biology student. To be completely honest, I've always held a pessimistic outlook regarding our environment's future but after our first class I am now confident that a real difference can be made and am excited to dive deeper into this topic. I will be using #UnleashValues and #sustainability throughout my journey this semester of gaining a more insightful understanding of sustainability through ecological and social perspectives. As well, I hope to record here my contributions towards environmental change and initiatives. I am super excited for the rest of the course!