As I move along in my internship I am staying very busy and learning a lot of new things. Navigating through word press was challenging at first seeing as all my instructions were through email but it is going smoothly as of now. This internship has opened my eyes to a lot of topics, jargon, concepts, and everything sustainable.
I have been talking about a few system conditions and I will be discussing the third system condition which states in a sustainable society nature is not subject to systematically increasing degredation by physical means. This means that people or society, are extracting resources from nature at a faster rate than they can replenish. This can include deforestation, overharvesting fish and urban sprawl. This condition is important to me because I feel it is something we can prevent on some level and being aware of what the third condition is can help people make better choices in the future.
This condition really makes society become accountable for their actions which reminds me of a quote from the reading The Common Life by Scott Russell Sanders when he says, “If we make a career of being unaccountable, we have lost something essential to our humanity, and we may well become a burden or a threat to those around us.” I believe I am becoming more accountable for my actions and I think the world is as well. By covering stories about sustainability, the environment and our role in climate change I am not only becoming accountable myself but making those reading about these issues accountable too. Not being accountable has led to the mess we are in now and that has to change.
Human beings have taken our resources for granted and it has finally caught up with us and nature is fighting back with blazing and mighty fists. The nasty heat wave and wide spread drought is a consequence of society throwing nature off balance. If we had not destroyed the natural wetlands in Indiana for factory farming and monoculture farming we would not be in such a bad position right now. According to The Natural Heritage of Indiana we have lost 85% of wetland acres in this state. These wetlands were vital to physical, ecological and economic functions and we have destroyed them.
I hope we as a society will become fully accountable for our actions, our planet, and for those who will inherit what we choose to leave behind.