"THIS SEASONS MUST-HAVE IS THE CONTINUATION OF LIFE ON EARTH"
February 2020, I am a designer, I am a rebel and I it is few months I joined Extinction Rebellion.
As Fashion Action Rebel, on the 15th of February, I protested at London Fashion Week, once again, begging the British fashion council to cancel London fashion week and support XRFA demands.
USE YOUR PLATFORM TO TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT THE CLIMATE, ECOLOGICAL AND HUMANITARIAN EMERGENCY.
CALL ON STAKEHOLDERS URGENTLY RE-IMAGINE THIS INDUSTRY, ADDRESSIGN ITS VERY FOUNDATIONS: OBSOLESCENCE, OVERPRODUCTION, AND EXPLOITATION.
WITH THE VIEW TO CANCEL SEPTEMBER 2020 FASHION WEEK AND TRANSORM THE BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL’S PURPOSE IN ACCORDANCE WITH SCIENTIFIC TRUTHS AND SOCIAL NEEDS, IMMEDIATELY START WORK ON AN EMERGENCY ACTION PLAN THAT AIDS STAKEHOLDERS THROUGH CHANGE. INFORMED BY AND REPORTING TO A RADICALLY INCLUSIVE NON-HIERARCHICAL PEOPLE’S ASSEMBLY CONTAINING A CROSS SECTION OF INDUSTRY STAKEHOLDERS, THE CITIZEN IT SERVES, THOSE SUBJECT TO ITS EFFECTS, AND THE YOUTH, WE URGE YOU TO RE-DESIGN HOW THE BRITISH FASHION COUNCIL TRANSMITS AND SUPPORTS THE CULTURE AND PRACTICE OF CLOTHING AND SELF-EXPRESSION.
3. DEMAND #URGENTCHANGE
USE YOUR POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT PROGRAMME, AND UNITE THE INDUSTRY, TO PRESSURE THE GOVERNMENT TO PASS THE THREE DEMANDS BILL FOR A TRANSITION OF THE UK NET ZERO BY 2025; AND PROPOSE THE LEGISLATION NEEDED TO STOP THE FASHION INDUSTRY’S EXPLOITATION OF PLANER, PEOPLE AND ANIMALS.
- The clothing industry alone accounts for 7% of global greenhouse gas emissions, almost the same as the total emissions of the EU. - The climate impact of the industry is predicted to increase by 49% by 2030. - It takes up to 2700 litres of water to produce a conventional cotton t-shirt. - Approximately 20% of industrial water pollution comes from textile production. - Fashion is a wasteful industry with less than 1% of clothing recycled into new clothing. - 80% of garment workers are women, of whom many work long exhausting hours for less than half of a living wage. According to the UN, 2020 is the ‘make or break year.’ To limit warming to below 1.5C now requires a 15% cut in emissions annually. And yet, this February, the global Fashion Weeks convene again – to display the clothes the industry wants us to wear for Autumn/Winter 2020-21, past the UN 2020 deadline. The British Fashion Council receives public funding from our government. As citizens, it is our duty to question the best use of public funds, especially when facing this crisis, to which the fashion industry has contributed considerably. We challenge the industry to stop the cycle of overproduction and overconsumption that threatens those that least contributed to it, notably the Global South and all youth, whose future is at stake. We ask the industry to join us in using its power of persuasion to tackle the climate and ecological crisis in a meaningful and just way.
Extinction Rebellion’s Letter to BFC
On Monday 10th February, Extinction Rebellion delivered a letter demanding the cancellation of September 2020 fashion week and an emergency action plan that supports BFC’s stakeholders through transition into a new format: one that directly addresses the underlying issues of obsolescence, overproduction, and exploitation. And, as a government funded body which uses a Political Engagement Programme to lobby for the industry, Extinction Rebellion calls on the BFC to lobby for the Three Demands Bill and “propose the legislation needed to stop the fashion industry’s exploitation of planet, people and animals.”
“It is now 2020, the year we must start to see meaningful reductions in emissions if we are to avoid irreversible breakdown, and yet we see no credible plan from industry leaders. We are back at London Fashion Week to deliver an ultimatum; the industry must address the core of the problem and also admit the change needed is not possible without governments stepping in,” says Alice Wilby, sustainable fashion consultant and member of Extinction Rebellion’s Fashion Action team.
The letter is signed by Caryn Franklin MBE; Centre for Sustainable Fashion; Fashion and Textile Research Centre, Nottingham Trent University; Labour Behind The Label; Livia Firth, Eco-Age; Lynne Franks OBE; Martina Spetlova, designer; The Sustainable Angle; TRAID; Safia Minney MBE FRSA, REAL Sustainability Centre; UN Officer, Simone Cipriani, Ethical Fashion Initiative; VIN + OMI.
Extinction Rebellion have asked the British Fashion Council for a “reply to this letter before London Fashion Week that confirms your commitment” to the demands.
As the second season Extinction Rebellion has asked for a cancellation, the group plan to build pressure until their demands are met. They encourage others from the industry to join in support of the demands. Bel Jacobs, animal rights campaigner and member of the Fashion Action team says, “despite Caroline Rush and the BFC saying that they would declare emergency, there is no emergency action but tweaks to business as usual. We need to know how emissions and the loss of biodiversity will be addressed.”
View the full letter here: http://bit.ly/2Sfbxhm
Photo credits: Immo Klink