The class commenced by understanding what sustainable, system and sustainability really means.
SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS – we broke down the two words for a better understanding.
- Eco friendly
- Prolonged time without ill effects
- To maintain
- Doesn’t hamper the systems around
- Viability of making something sustainable
- Availability of resources at a certain rate.
Further, we listen down parameters that affect the sustainability– Longevity, visibility, population, resources, energy, economy, scale, decomposition, etc. I understood that environmental, social and economical are the main sources of sustainability. Nordic nations take care of these sources.
Measures towards a sustainable system–
- Rain water harvesting
- Alternate resources
- Less dependable on renewable sources
- Research and development
- Behavioural changes
- Regulation & Rules
I had learnt about the three vital R’s that play a very important role in the environment but this class made understand what they actually stand for-
- Re-use: prolonged use of a product
- Re-cycle: converting waste into a reusable material to make a new product
- Re-duce: reducing consumption.
Also, I feel that all the 3 R’s are equally important to maintain the ecological balance but Re-duce is the primary and most important because reduction in the consumption will automatically lead in the reduction in the concern for materials that need to be re-used or re-cycled later on.
The entire class got together and discussed the other R’s that should be considered too-
We were asked to study our routine and identify the most and least sustainable areas in our lives. For me it was-
Most– Public transport ; Least: The food wastage due to the set tiffin system and bathing showers.
REFLECTION: Through the class discussion and my individual opinion, I feel that a system is an organised mechanism that sets out the base of any procedure; sustainability refers to ability to exist constantly while maintaining the ecological balance and securing resources for our future generations. The difference between sustainable and sustainability is that sustainability is a concept while sustainable is an application to maintain the concept of sustainability. Therefore, sustainable system is the medium to achieve sustainability.
Something I also learnt this class was the consumer usage pattern and certain resources that have a limited functionality and are just thrown away after it reaches it’s utmost potential of usage. For example- Toothbrushes. This actually got me thinking and I started thinking of alternative uses for a toothbrush or changing the design and material of a toothbrush to something more sustainable.