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DEAR MEDIA, TELL THE TRUTH

LFW 2020 has just begun.


We urge that the media use London Fashion Week as an opportunity to tell the truth about the fashion industry’s contributions to the climate and ecological emergency and its complicity in the exploitation of both people and the planet.


We are in the midst of the climate, ecological, and social emergency. Mass species extinction is already happening and human extinction is a real risk.


THE MEDIA SHOULD ACT NOW TO TRANSFORM THE FASHION SYSTEM RATHER THAN SUSTAIN IT.


READ THE FULL LETTER here:

OPEN LETTER FW - MEDIA TELL THE TRUTH
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Extinction Rebellion Fashion Action

18 November 2020


Dear Media,

We urge that you, the media, use London Fashion Week as an opportunity to ​tell the truth ​about the fashion industry’s contributions to the climate and ecological emergency and its complicity in the exploitation of both people and the planet.


We are in the midst of the climate, ecological, and social emergency. Mass species extinction is already happening and human extinction is a real risk.


You, the media, have the choice to influence the changes our civilisation depends on. Together, we can use the power of fashion and culture as a force for good.


The science is clear, we are at grave risk of exceeding tipping points into abrupt and irreversible climate changes.


In 2018 the fashion industry produced 2.1 billion tonnes CO2eq. This represents 4% of global carbon emissions – an emissions’ share larger than that of France, Germany and the UK combined. (1)


And this is projected to keep on rising!


The fashion industry is set to grow by 63% by 2030, sending us well on the way to catastrophic 3-4°C warming. This means global political chaos, food shortages, floods and mass displacement. None of us are safe! This isn’t just a future problem, people are already feeling the impacts right now. (2)


You also know that the fashion industry continues to exploit people throughout the supply chains from producers, to garment workers. Slave labour is still rife in 2020, ​1 in 5 cotton garments are linked to slave labour in the Xinjiang region (where Uyghur Muslims are being detained).


Despite all of this, you continue to publish articles that promote overconsumption and secure advertising deals with brands who ​notoriously put profit over people and planet.​ Despite the warnings, these brands still operate in a ‘business as usual’ manner, mislead their customers and refuse to take responsibility for their exploitative practices.


We are asking the fashion industry to use its platform to help save life on earth. And this includes you. We have to start making changes now before it is too late and you can use your influence to help!


T​HE MEDIA SHOULD ​ACT NOW

TO TRANSFORM THE FASHION SYSTEM

RATHER THAN SUSTAIN IT.

THERE IS NO FASHION ON A DEAD PLANET.


With Love and rage,

Extinction Rebellion Fashion Action


(1) http://globalfashionagenda.com/initiatives/fashion-on-climate/#/

(2) http://riverbluethemovie.eco/the-film/