For our September conversation topic we have partnered with Extinction Rebellion to co-create a series of questions on Fashion and Our Climate Emergency. We invite you to be a part of the conversation and write a response to one of our questions below, to be published on our site.
1. The Death of London Fashion Week
This September, Extinction Rebellion will attempt to shut down London Fashion Week in a bid to raise awareness of the environmental destruction caused by the fashion industry. They have written to the British Fashion Council asking that it be cancelled, adding “We have disruptive actions planned during LFW and we will be ending LFW with a funeral finale”.
Do you agree with the proposed disruption, and do you think cancelling LFW will make the fashion world stop and listen?
2. Fashion’s Climate Emergency
XR successfully pressured the UK parliament into declaring a “climate emergency”- a definition backed by leading scientists. XR advocates for drastic reductions in consumption and the fostering of a regenerative culture in all aspects of life.
It is generally accepted that reaching zero net greenhouse gas emissions will require far-reaching changes in human activity, which in fashion terms includes changing both the way we produce clothes and how we consume them.
We know that reducing our fashion footprint is a critical step that needs to be taken to reduce carbon emissions, so why do we find it so difficult to give up our ASOS addictions in favour of more ethical practices?
3. Statutory Sustainability
Since 2018, Extinction Rebellion have been using non-violent direct action to demand the government ends its criminal inaction on the climate emergency.
If you could advise government policy to set new sustainability standards for the fashion industry, where would you start? What changes are necessary for genuinely sustainable fashion?