Make a Change to Protect Our Planet
"Thank you all for your wonderful contributions, initiatives and words of wisdom, and for making this World Environment Day truly remarkable. With more than 6,000 events across the globe and countless pledges and commitments by individuals, business and communities, air pollution has been brought to the attention of millions.
The battle is far from over and we count on every one of you to keep making changes in your daily lives for a cleaner, healthier tomorrow. We hope one day to remember today, 5 June 2019, as the day the world took action to #BeatAirPollution".
World Environment Day is celebrated on 5 June every year. First held in 1974 by the United Nations the day is dedicated to encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment.
Over the decades, the campaign has raised awareness on numerous emerging environmental issues. With the participation of over 143 countries this annual campaign has become a global platform for advocating change.
Each year World Environment Day has a new theme. In 2018 it was “Beat Plastic Pollution” and its impact has been clearly seen. The campaign encouraged ordinary people to change their everyday lives in order to minimise the devastating effects of plastic pollution.
Last year saw growing concerns surrounding the use of plastic numerous companies lessened their use of plastic and made the switch to paper and biodegradable alternatives, which is a vital step forward but still with a long way to go.
"No one can do everything, but everyone can do something". Miao Wang
Although small and seemingly insignificant, conscious actions like these make a huge difference. With the move influencing millions of people to make changes to their everyday choices and lifestyle, we can positively impact the environment.
Take the Clean Seas pledge, become part of a global movement and take a pledge to show what you are doing to turn the tide on plastic. Click here. Pollution is everywhere from the highest reaches of our atmosphere to the darkest depths of our oceans. But together, we can stop it, click here to find out how. Join the UN Environment and take action. To reduce our ‘foodprint’, we all need to take action in our homes, supermarkets, and communities. When we think about how we buy, prepare, and dispose of food, we can identify ways to reduce the food we send to waste. - click here to find out what you can do.
Together, we can #BeatPollution
It’s important to recognise that we have a responsibility to protect nature, our wildlife and our own health from pollution and to preserve the world for future generations. This year, the World Environment Day theme is "Air Pollution". With climate change being a burning issue, this campaign is more relevant now than ever.
Since the start of the industrial revolution, carbon dioxide levels have risen by over 30%. Carbon dioxide concentrations in the atmosphere are now higher than any other time in the last 800,000 years.
The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change aims to limit the increase in global average temperature to below to 1.5°C. But the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned in their 2018 report that rapid change is needed to achieve the goal. At the current rate of warming, 1.5°C could be reached by 2040.
If the situation towards climate change doesn’t improve, we will see more extreme weather, floods, droughts, and rising sea levels as the ice melts – which leads to further impacts on ecosystems, food security, health and poverty around the world.
People are starting to recognise the disastrous results and a movement for a greener future has taken off internationally. With this growing movement, the fashion industry has also been under scrutiny.
Last year, a campaign for sustainable and responsible fashion took off. With climate change on the horizon, people are also recognising the terrible consequences that have occurred due to the fashion industry.
The UN has found that the industry is the second-largest consumer of freshwater and also responsible for producing 20% of the world’s wastewater.
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The fashion industry also generates more greenhouse gas emissions than all international flights and maritime shipping combined. According to the Global Fashion Agenda’s 2017 report, the industry could account for a quarter of the world’s carbon budget by 2050.
Fashion and clothing are an important aspect of society and our individual lives. That’s why we as individuals should take into consideration the effects our actions may have.
Fast fashion and the demand for cheap clothing is prevalent in our society. We need to learn how to value our clothes, respect the people who make them and to care for the environment.
In terms of fashion, simple changes such as buying second-hand or sustainable clothing and donating unwanted clothes are the right way to go. Purchasing wisely, donating and recycling are all great ways to help achieve a more circular industry that minimises waste and pollution.
The fashion industry will have to change in order to prevent ecological disaster but many companies are already doing their best to provide an alternative.
Fabric For Freedom is pushing for change. As an organisation, we take responsibility for our environmental impact. Our company is plastic-free and all our packaging is made from recycled materials which are recyclable or biodegradable.
We also try to use recycled fabrics in our collection to prevent more materials from going to landfills. The rest of our collection uses organic and plant-based fabrics which have a limited environmental impact.
It’s important to realise that our actions have consequences and with climate change on the horizon, we need to take greater responsibility to protect our planet. We only have one Earth and we need to be the ones to take a step in the right direction.