…the behaviour of others has progressively developed over the past few months while in school.
If you are a fellow Environment & Business student reading this, you would understand exactly what I mean (and to your discretion, this post might also bore you). You would also know that I am hardly a super model, though I quite enjoy pretending to be one.
If you’re not an EB student, here is how I would explain ‘what I want to do when I grow up’: I want to model behaviour of others – put myself in their shoes – to understand how to appeal to their self-interests. This tactic is what I call “Blair-Feltmating” people to motivate change (because we learned the technique from one of my genius program professors). For example, if I wanted to convince my dad to get an electric/hybrid car over the BMW x3, I would appeal it to him by arguing that the former will incur fewer costs
(Feltmate, 2013). Additionally, since he is concerned with cargo space, I would research into the electric/hybrids that contain just as much lounge room in order to win over his heart. And of course tell him that I would love him forever if he follows through with my request.
Although in the end I was not able to successfully “Blair-Feltmate” my dad into choosing the more environmentally-friendly choice, after I voiced my opinions he did make a visit to the Toyota Prius dealer, researched pros and cons of the Toyota Prius models, and attempted to give them a test drive. To his credit, he chose the most fuel-efficient of all SUVs. He agreed with my ‘cost’ agrument when I expressed concerns on how the BMW x3 would be more expensive to buy and maintain.
My feeble attempts have been met with limited success, but my courses have definitely given me more confidence in making these arguments in real life. It feels good to understand that amidst all the seeming nonsense, my education actually makes sense.
Living in Waterloo for my study term these past few months has also developed my modelling career in other magical ways.
Because my house was located farther away from campus, I jumped onto the UW student cyclist bandwagon (tremendously improving my abnormally-less-than-average cardio). Upon my return to Richmond hill for my 3 weeks of summer vacation, where biking is an unpopular mode of transportation, I realize that despite the behaviour of others in this geographic context, I want to bike around town the same way I did in Waterloo. However, it is not guilt that pushes me – the thought that I should bike for environmental reasons – but the actual desire to do so motivates me to make this choice. And also knowing that biking is not a completely crazy thing despite having to jump off the Richmond hill bandwagon.
My awesome housemates at Waterloo have also been extremely proactive in conservation initiatives around the house, motivating me to meet their standards. For example, in our bathroom you would find this:
(In high school I tried to push for this initiative at home. However, I only half-heartedly committed to it myself because I did not want to drive my parents nuts.)
Thus, another aspect of “my career at modelling” includes being a role model to inspire environmentally-friendly behaviour. Maybe this only appeals to people who are already on board the environmentally-conscious ship who may be shy to change behaviour; nonetheless, I feel more confident walking the talk.
Finally, in lieu of this modelling talk, I cannot bypass this post without being a role model of ‘sustainable’ fashion (minus potential greenwashing).
My attempt at modelling a somewhat-sustainable wardrobe consisting of environmental/socially-conscious items, whether they be Value Village finds, sweat-free clothing, or clothing made of recycled material, is seen below:
Took a billion tries to get photos like these. I usually look something like this naturally in front of cameras:
…so I won’t be jumping ship from my current “modelling” career path any time soon.
Thanks for reading, lovelies.
Did this post inspire you? If so, let me know. What do you do on a regular basis off the bandwagon? Please share:) Any questions, comments, or concerns about making a sustainable wardrobe of your own? Ask me! Alright, I’m going to stop with this post-script ramble… Toodles!