I like fashion as well as the next mom. Fashion is about choice. Women know dressing for occasions comes in a variety of expressive forms – some wear stilettos and sequins to the grocery store, others wear pajamas and slippers. I wear jeans and sneakers. And when extreme snowy weather is forecasted, with a collective sigh, we all acclimatize and grab our snow boots.
Last week happened to be New York Fashion Week. I know, who knew? You may not care much for an elite group of fashionistas needing to give up suede for Sorels, but climate change causes adaptation — or we all fall deep into dirty slush.
In NY, eyes may have been focused on fashion, but many of us are pointing our attention to the effects of climate change on our air, water and land, which leaves habitats suffering. We see this as butterflies, moose, birds, ladybugs and marine life, adapt or die off. Every day, news stories emerge, placing the planet’s inhabitants in a “canaries in a coal mine,” scenario. Ninety-seven percent of climate scientists, and most of the leading scientific organizations worldwide agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are likely due to human activities.
As characterized by the vintage Harper’s Bazaar cover spoof, pollution has been making a statement for a long time. So what are we waiting for?
Whether you’re having a fashion dilemma of heels or boots, or donning a gasmask, emphasizing the “powerful potential of grassroots protests to catalyze social and political change,” can we all agree that making a strong statement to protect our health against the ravages of carbon pollution is paramount?
This extreme weather winter is no time to become snow blind. Let’s end carbon pollution once and for all and give future fashion a clean air choice.
Image: George Stowe via Phaidon, Protest Posters