Before I begin I have to say that taking style tips from the Terminator may or may not be the nation’s best option to fighting climate change. He is made of metal and gears and circuitry and rubber. He wears black leather and sunglasses and drives a motorcycle. He was invented to please the teenage boy moving-going demographic.
Yet, it is the one and only Terminator California Governor Arnold Shwarzenegger that thinks the green movement needs a sexy makeover to appeal to the larger public. What Arnold doesn’t realize is that the environmental movement is sexy.
For instance, can you name a sexier laptop than the new ultra thin MacBook Air with its mercury and arsenic free LED display and PVC free circuitry? You must first admit that electronics can be sexy. I did this a long time ago, but gadgets may not be your thing.
Luckily, the eco-movement also has its hand in fashion as well. The recent Fashion Week featured more than one sustainable collection. H&M is again pushing an organic collection for the fall. There are at least two stores in downtown Lawrence that feature second hand and vintage clothing. By cutting out the energy to produce clothing, you are being green. So fashion isn’t your cup of tea? Try architecture. Or furniture. The list goes on.
I would argue that the eco movement is already looking good. And yes, maybe it was a little illogical to compare the style of the green movement to the Terminator, and no, Arnold was definitely not trying to make this comparison and yes, I know Arnold is talking about omitting guilt and fear and all those negative pressures from the environmental movement, not necessarily how superficially good it looks.
To this I wanted to say that “doing green stuff” is gratifying, not scary. It’s rewarding. Why do companies offer green products? I think it is because people like to buy them.
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