How is fashion involved in the Green New Deal?

Background 

In recent months we have seen headlines about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal for a Green New Deal make headlines across the world. The most brilliant minds in science have put their minds together to assess our current global climate situation in order to make a blue-print timeline for what we are going to have to accomplish as a nation in the coming years to reverse the trajectory of global warming.

“As daunting as all this seems, the alternative — ignoring this report, continuing about our lives as if it didn’t happen — is madness. This isn’t just a science report. This is a few hundred of the world’s best scientists screaming (in terrifyingly politely worded specificity) for the world to step up. By every available measure, this is something we simply must do.”  – https://grist.org/article/terrified-by-hothouse-earth-dont-despair-do-something/

The gist is that we need to stop our earth from heating by preventing any more green house gas emissions. The rise of the earth temp just 1 degree has made a significant impact and raising the temp anymore will just lead us to more severe global catastrophes. I recommend reading the article published by the NYTimes on this topic.

You think your actions on a day to day basis cant possibly have an impact on the collective fate of our globe? ( ~its just little old me shopping at H&M~). Well you’re wrong, and that is the exact way of thinking that perpetuates the problem and keeps us stagnate.

Fashion Industry 

Carbon emissions from the fashion industry are a huge collective portion of total global carbon emissions.

“Today, textile production is the world’s second most polluting industry after the oil industry. The total greenhouse gas emissions from textile production currently stands at 1.2 billion tonnes annually and this is more than those of all international flights and maritime shipping combined, says the journal Nature Climate Change. It is estimated that the fashion industry is responsible for 10 per cent of the global carbon emissions and according to UNFCCC, the sector’s emissions are to rise by more than 60 per cent by 2030, if transformation towards a sustainable fashion industry fails to materialize soon.”

In no scenario is it ok under the dire conditions we are in as a nation for carbon levels to be rising in any industry. That is why sustainable fashion and jewelry is one of the most important movements to date.

Solution 

Overall the way to be on the “good” team is to choose labels that are made out of recycled goods and materials. Here is a directory of brands to shop that help the environment.

Here is a good resource of brands to choose from!

 

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