By Jessica A. Luer
BFA Studio Artist and MBA of Sustainable Procurement
“Consumerism is the biggest vice of humanity, and the social and psychological powers of marketing are how we wield it onto others to encourage its activity. What we as a species fail to rationalize is the fact that mass quantities of consumed goods and services play a pivotal role in the escalading destruction of the only planet, at least that we know of so far, to support life guaranteed. However, that guarantee has conditions we all need to learn that they are the consequences for neglecting our only habitat. Therefore, it is our duty as a species to inspire others to comprehend the importance to refuse and repurpose as well as reduce, reuse, and recycle.
Lessons for procurement and innovation teach us the basics of waste management at a household level, but also illustrates the repercussions of the polluting waste beyond the home, to the neighbourhoods, to the cities, to the countries, and so on. The damages done per person per day astronomical when you crack the numbers to match the average lifespan, multiply it by the global population, add the sum of produced items as well as the waste made from each business per country. These lessons also hone into practicing creativity, which enrichens our way of thinking from a more universal perspective and thereby increase probability of resolving these catastrophic acts brought by consumerism at a long-term, more permanent approach.
Yielding our consumption capacities and our love for fast convenience will allow the planet to re-cooperate from decades, even centuries, of destruction caused by us and our ancestors. A deep cleaning of the planet’s ecosystems from waste developed and disposed by us is what will keep life support here at optimum levels guaranteed. Not only are we thriving healthily, but the other organisms we share the planet with will also share in the benefits of cleaner air, water, and food. What to do with this waste? Dispose safely or give it a new long-lasting reason or function. This can become a community tradition globally and be unique to each different culture. Be collaborative with these resources and make connections in order to network new ideas to procure and innovate further.
Harmony and unity, heart and beauty: ex-change your tune to think green.”