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Rebels for Life! Climate change campaigners Extinction Rebellion demand the British Fashion Council declare a climate emergency.

The third day of London Fashion Week saw over 100 climate change protesters from Extinction Rebellion (XR) swarm to block roads around key venues, including Tate Britain and 180 Strand, urging the British Fashion Council (BFC) to declare a climate emergency.

Even for conscious consumers, learning the textile industry is responsible for more gas emissions per year than international flights and maritime shipping combined is a shocker. Extinction Rebellion is a movement rapidly gaining traction since its launching last year and counts Sara Arnold, who founded the cleverly curated, subscription based service HIGHER as a member joining last weekend’s march. In one of many peaceful acts of XR civil disobedience, campaigners blocked roads for seven minutes at a time, allowing emergency vehicles to pass.

Representatives had this to say following a meeting with the BFC, “Yesterday (Thursday 15 February 2019) Extinction Rebellion met with the British Fashion Council to talk about our swarming and how they might use their platform to transform the fashion industry into a force of cultural change – declaring climate emergency and acting truthfully to that declaration. It’s the beginning of a conversation and we’re grateful that they’ve opened that door to us (and to the future).”

“However, right now people are flying in from across the world to celebrate an industry that has fuelled and applauded our high consumption lifestyles. We will swarm, using the platform of Fashion Week to raise the question (a question we need to be asking ourselves and all who our lives touch, all the time): what more can we do to tell the truth about the climate and ecological collapse and act on that truth?”

The meeting followed a letter sent by XR to Caroline Rush and the BFC recognising its promotion of sustainable practices and calling for more to be done, “For governments and the public to treat this crisis as an emergency, we believe it necessary to disrupt business as usual and the structures that have created this emergency situation. The fashion industry’s influence permeates deep within culture and radiates globally. It is a powerful engine of culture and could be a revolutionary force for change.”

You can find out more about Extinction Rebellion here and follow them here. Climate Factsheet for Rebels here.


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