Spend this week observing yourself doing the behavior you want to change. Being mindful and aware of the conditions and reasons you engage in a specific behavior may give you insight into ways to successfully change that behavior.
This post is all about self-awareness and saying goodbye to your old (bad) habits. Reflect upon the context under which you engage in the behavior you want to change and think about devising strategies for successful behavior change (this will come in handy down the road. Do you do this behavior more when you are in a hurry? Stressed out? Tired? With friends? Alone? Because everyone else is? Because it tastes wonderful?
Next, learn from those who have gone before you. Do a little outside research into what behavioral scientists find to be driving the behaviors you want to change. Go to the Library Website, hit up a search engine/database (Science Direct College Edition is my favorite), and find one article that studies the behavior you are changing to bring into and discuss in your blog post. You will find diverse studies, but some might, for example, 1) Examine things that determine your less-than-sustainable behavior (e.g. What are factors that influence high water usage?) or 2) Identify barriers to changing your behavior (e.g. People don't drive less because they don't perceive that it impacts the problem of climate change).
So: Eat your last piece of bacon. Take a long, hot, luxurious shower. And then say goodbye.
Today is the day. You’ve accepted the challenge. For the next several weeks you will engage in a new, more sustainable behavior. As you start your new behavior this week, observe yourself and reflect broadly upon the impact of this behavior change on your day-to-day life. Also, address more specifically the environmental implications of your behavior change so that your readers understand the impact that challenge might have. To do this, find and link to a web-based resource that specifically addresses the potential sustainability implications of your behavior change.
Some questions that you might consider in this post:
We’re in the homestretch, folks. You are about to enter the last weeks of the SBF, which also means we’re in the final weeks of the semester. As we all slog through to the finish, we’ll need a little help from our friends. For this post, I’m going to be putting you in sustainable behavior communities with people in the class that are undertaking a similar behavioral change. Behavioral research finds that creating social norms that support behavior change is critical to success. Basically, we need to change our own social context to support sustainability, not just our own behavior.
For this post, please do the following:
By Sunday, April 26th @ 8:00 pm you need to:
By Thursday, April 30th @ 10:00 pm you need to:
By Tuesday, May 5th @ 8:00 pm you need to:
In your final blog post, you will contemplate the broader meaning of your experience with the ENVS 130 Sustainable Behavior Foray. Through reflecting upon your experiences and connecting with discussions in class, you will develop an argument concerning your view on the role of individual behavior change in promoting positive environmental change.