Tuesday, September 24, 2019

“Die Ins” and a Funeral

Extinction Rebellion had urged citizens to “boycott fashion” by refraining from buying new clothing for a year – an effort to address the staggering and ridiculous excesses of global production. 

An estimated 100 billion pieces of clothing are made every year, with a truckload being burned or landfilled each second, according to Stella McCartney who is an advocate of sustainable high fashion. 

The environmental activist movement were at the London Fashion Week (September 13-17, 2019) – and they protested throughout the five-day event – with campaigners condemning the fashion industry for their contributions to the climate crisis and calling for urgent action. 

In July, they petitioned the British Fashion Council to shut down LFW and plan a people’s assembly instead, where members of industry could gather to declare a climate emergency and figure out viable solutions. 

Of course, that didn’t happen, and the shows went on as planned. So did the protests. 

Demonstrators covered in fake blood staged a “die in”, symbolizing the lives already lost and that will be lost due to climate change, and they even organized a “funeral procession”. 

Extinction Rebellion maintain they don’t want to see an end to the creativity of fashion but that they are “simply calling for a response that is appropriate to the climate crisis we are in”.  I think that's fair.

In a statement on their website, Extinction Rebellion describe their actions as “having highlighted the blood on the hands of the industry due to (their) environmental record and that ‘business as usual’ will lead life on earth towards extinction”. 

They contend that the fashion industry are killing our planet because the trade is hell-bent on producing massive amounts of clothes not for need, but for profit and pleasure. 

Yesterday, I was at The Pinnacle Sunway, Persiaran Lagoon in Bandar Sunway, Selangor. I had received an invitation from Flora Tan, VP Education to be one of the three speech evaluators for the Roche Toastmasters meeting. 

And I also took up the additional job of Table Topics Evaluator. 

It was a good meeting actually – I could sense the quiet energy, the earnest enthusiasm and the serious zeal that their members demonstrated during the meeting and that's a good harbinger for a club that came back from the dead. 

The only regret I had was that they didn’t start on time. 

This seems to be an issue with most corporate clubs – although I’m quite sure they wouldn’t be late for their own company meetings. Sigh!

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