• The Way I See It: Jennifer Riggi


    Jennifer Riggi

    Imagine the place where you spend the most of your time each day. Where is it? Imagine it as you most want it to be.

    Besides spending a lot of time in my apartment or at school, I happen to spend a significant amount of my time exercising. I enjoy running along the FDR in Manhattan with many others that take advantage of the beautiful public spaces and public bathrooms.

    After your #1 thing happens, how will everyone benefit?

    I do not want to significantly change the public places, although I can think of a few things that would benefit, I think they are a successful means of providing the public with areas to form positive communities within the city. I would like to see the paths have consistent extensions along the east side of the island, and perhaps branch out to other parts as well. I feel like it is important to have these places scattered along where there is no danger from reckless drivers. I also enjoy the water fountains that are periodically sprinkled along the path. I wish more of them were scattered everywhere in Manhattan.

    I think everyone would benefit because these public places are important to form positive communities in the city. Because it is public space, the population, especially children, can come together and partake in positive activities, such as sports games and picnics. Not only that, but it is a pedestrian only area which connects other parts of the island, instead of a place like central park which serves as its own island. I also think they would benefit from more public bathrooms.

    Give some examples of what you can do to make your vision a reality.

    I think it is possible to restore certain parts of this park and extend it. I also think within the already existing park there are ways to focus on communities and what kinds of people go there and what kinds of events could take place. I would like to create more bathrooms and more water fountains. Because I am interested in healthy foods shortage, I think these parks would be a perfect place for lower income people to grow and sell food for their local communities. They could be a great way to teach kids how to grow and take care of plants, as well as the healthy aspects of eating fresh foods.

    Imagine your neighborhood the way you most want it to be. What is your #1 vision for change that will make your neighborhood that way?

    I live in Manhattan right now, but I grew up in a middle class American suburb. Each month one family is given an award because they have the nicest looking lawn. One thing I would change is the incentive for families to have large lawns of grass that use precious resources such as fresh water in order to keep them green.

    After your #1 thing happens, how will everyone in your neighborhood benefit?

    In my opinion, these lawns are useless. Instead we could utilize all of that space to grow local foods and perhaps sell surplus to other “communities” in need.

    Give some examples of what you can do to make your vision a reality.

    I want to change the incentive for families to buy food from mass produced monocultures that are transported from many different countries. I think it is important for people to understand where their food comes from and how their use of resources effects the environment.

    Imagine your country the way you most want it to be.

    I want my country to take responsibility for all of its actions. I want it to be able to plan ahead for the future and take into consideration the effects we have on the environment and people in other countries. I feel that our government focuses on short-term profit instead of analyzing the entire lifecycle of the decisions we make. I want my government to give incentives that make the right decisions into profitable ones.

    After your #1 thing happens, how will everyone in your neighborhood benefit?

    I may be a dreamer but I think everyone in the nation could benefit by doing the right thing. I would hope to make more jobs, more money, save the environment, and take responsibility for the effects that we have on countries that we do business with.

    Give some examples of what you can do to make your vision a reality.

    One example is to track the entire life cycle of the food we consume, and where it is produced. Whether nationally, or internationally I think we are so far removed from the origins of our products.

    What is your number one vision for change that will make the world the way you most want it to be?

    Most importantly I would like long-term profit be the incentive in capitalism. I think a lot of changes could happen in the world if we only took more time to consider them. I think the environment and quality of life could change for everyone if we only stopped to consider consequences.

    How will everyone benefit?

    I think if the entire life cycle of our actions is considered, no matter who or where and regardless of the resources available, that everyone can benefit by having the chance to improve the quality of their lives.

    Give some examples of what you can do to make your vision a reality.

    Somehow if I could give everyone an opportunity for change and the advantage to change their lives for the better, then I could change the world. There are so many issues, and this question is so broad, its hard to think of specific examples in which way that might be.

    What is your number one vision for change that you want to work out?

    My number one vision for change is by making renewables more profitable than our current interests. I think it is the only incentive for change.

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