Irvan Lathief
March 12, 2023
New Normal

How to become a slightly better human being by contributing to our planet.

This will be a 6 minutes read. The goal here is not to tell you what to do, but to give several options on what we can do as an individual to make an atomic impact if we do it together as a community.

This idea came across my mind intensively after i watched the documentary on netflix called Seaspiracy. Having spent more than 22 months in sea as a seafarer, i can see these reality in my first hand armed with the experience it gave me ability to connect the dots by watching it and it really opened my eyes.

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Understanding the idea of Sustainability. 

Over the course of several years in DotDesign, we’ve worked with several if not many, sustainable brands supported by the fact that we were based in Bali previously, it is not a surprised where the word “sustainable” is one of the most effective marketing bullet point to be put in each and every brand you can touch on in the island of gods.

Now the definition of sustainable if you google it :



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  1. 1.
    able to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
    "sustainable economic growth"
  2. 2.
    able to be upheld or defended.
    "sustainable definitions of good educational practice"

After really trying to understand what is sustainability in a short conclusion for us; it really means a process that can let us do what we’re doing as long as possible without deteriorating its main source. How long until it actually raise another question if sustainable is ethical ? We don’t know. What do you think ? Maybe we need to ask ourself about all the labels that we have seen in our household ? 

Question what you’ve learned in your life, it takes intelligence to unlearn what a human have absorbed over the course of life, and re-align with today’s situation.

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Have a critical thinking system.

What does critical thinking means : 

Critical thinking is the ability to think clearly and rationally about what to do or what to believe. It includes the ability to engage in reflective and independent thinking. Someone with critical thinking skills is able to do the following : understand the logical connections between ideas.

- By Joe Lau & Jonathan Chan published in the University of Hong Kong 

Having to question a lot of the knowledge you have is another skill and ability in 2021, why ? Because, in the era that information is literally one touch away, being selective and taking one step further to validate, is one way for you to have a better source, better opinion, better understanding in pretty much everything.

And i promise you, you’d be surprise how much sh*t we thought we know by the greatly marketed information that turned out to be just a bogus. 

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Learn about your source of everything. 

Source is everything. This might sound like another “unimportant task in addition of your daily tasks” should that be after your lunch meal, office meeting, client’s lunch or coffee.

But guys, really if we don’t care about our source, we really need to care that there’s no planet B, no point of doing what you’re doing if it does no good to future.

In the end of the day, what motivates us until today, is future. Imagine that what you’ve worked on, what you’ve been praising and preaching for, will be doomed by 2048, because we particularly like to consume one thing, and it’s in a mass scale. 

Armed with the two points above, we are trying to encourage people to ask questions to themselves, if there’s one thing you can do to contribute to the planet, what would that be ? If that’s too hard, Google it. Or click here to see what can you do to contribute to the planet. 


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