I talked with a friend of mine outside of class regarding fast fashion and its environmental impacts. Specifically how it uses natural resources, pollutes water and how it’s responsible for global carbon emissions. Our other discussion was on environmental racism around the world. We discussed the lack of interventions and protection to low income communities facing increased exposure to pollution. Something that surprised me was actually my lack of awareness surrounding environmental racism and what is currently being done. As I always assumed I had enough knowledge. What went well was that both conversations were clear and both parties were able to present their views without hesitation. Since we both weren’t on the same page regarding the topics initially there was some social-signaling such as eyerolls which we addressed at the end. At the end of both conversations we provided each other with feedback and suggestions. The first suggestion made was to cut out social-signaling (such as the eye roll) when having a hard conversation relating to our approach/style as it can appear to be disrespectful. The second suggestion made was to approach this hard conversation with more evidence to support topics, we both noticed this the discussions. With concrete evidence it would’ve made my stance on the fast fashion hard conversation more stronger. The first lesson I learned from my partner was regarding the lack of awareness I had around environmental racism , which led me to having a weaker stance in the conversation overall. I also learned to present my points in a specific and concise manner. This created a better flow in the second conversation overall.