How might we meet the needs of the present while safeguarding the land for generations to come through the skills of scientific investigation and/or mathematical processes?
Through all the hardships and struggle, taking a moment to sit, ponder and speak the language of the earth will help immensely. We need to take care of the land and nature around us by preserving what we can and taking ownership.
Taking pride and appreciating our land and it's worth are the first steps to ensure its sustainability many years to come. We need to feel connected to our land and support it.
Humans interact with nature negatively through their industrial habits such as deforestation, overfishing, and hunting and simple everyday actions such as littering and pollution.
Sandra Indian, "Spirit Horse", mentions the fact that our generations are disconnected from the land. This stimulates me to reflect on my own personal habits and beliefs and create a change for the better.
Some scientific and mathematical skills that can support these actions are by analyzing and interpreting our surroundings to see if any problems arise. If a problem does arise, I can use my problem solving skills to come up with a thorough plan that I can execute and evaluate to ensure that I come up with a solution. If my plan does not work, I can reflect on my actions and come up with a better plan to execute and justify my actions.
Recording data whether it be in a chart, graph etc. and observing trends overtime are also a very useful way to determine the root of your problem and when it occurred. Also to see the progression of your solution and if it’s working.
For example, my ecological impact is 7.7 gha. My most consumption is in the food category due to the fact that the majority of my food purchased (aside from fruits and vegetables) are packaged or processed as a result of the global pandemic. My least consumption was in shelter and goods as I share a house with 4 other members and we all do our best to limit our electrical consumption.
According to my ecological footprint, we would need 4.5 Earths if everyone lived the way that I did. Two changes that I can make in order to reduce my footprint are through my food habits. Firstly, I can reduce my consumption of animal-based products such as meat and dairy as I tend to consume these on a daily basis.This will help my footprint as the meat industry is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions, along with its other issues such as animal welfare, water-use, and land degradation.
Secondly, I can reduce my footprint by purchasing less packaged foods from grocery stores and instead support locally grown and transported goods such as shopping at the farmer markets. This will reduce my footprint immensely as our stuff tends to travel further than we do and all of the packaging it comes in just becomes an addition to our growing piles of waste for no reason.
When trying to figure out what our carbon footprint is and how to reduce it, we need to create a solution through problem solving and reflecting on what is impacting us negatively. We then need to use numerical data (such as percentages, graphs and diagrams) to display our current carbon emissions and see which area is prevailing.