BY KATIE - MYGREENPOD, 22 Apr '19

To mark Earth Day and the start of Fashion Revolution Week 2019, Fashion Revolution has signed the UN Fashion Charter for Climate Action

Fashion Revolution has announced today (22 April) that it has joined the UNFCCC’s Fashion for Global Climate Action initiative as a signatory to the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action, marking Earth Day and the start of Fashion Revolution Week 2019 (22-28 April).

DECLARING AN EMERGENCY

The Fashion for Global Climate Action initiative calls on the fashion industry to acknowledge the contribution of the sector to climate change and its responsibility to strive towards climate neutrality for a safer planet.

The move signals the start of a greater global campaigning focus on educating the public about the devastating impact of the fashion industry on global warming, and offering positive actions we can all take to reduce the carbon footprint of our clothes.

Fashion Revolution is also taking a stand against the environmental threat by declaring a Climate and Ecological Emergency.

‘Through collective action and bold leadership, we have the power to make this fast and drastic transformation. By signing the Charter, we have demonstrated our commitment to playing our part to ensure the fashion sector is on the path to a low-carbon future.’

CARRY SOMERS
Co-founder and global operations director, Fashion Revolution

#WhoMadeMyClothes

This year Fashion Revolution Week will highlight how the future fashion industry must respect both people and planet with fair and decent work, environmental protection and gender equality.

From Australia to Brazil, Uruguay to Vietnam, more than 275 million people are expected to take part in the campaign by asking brands #WhoMadeMyClothes.

Over 100 events will be held in more than 100 countries around the world, from catwalks and clothes swaps to film screenings, panel discussions, creative stunts, open studios and workshops.

‘Every time we buy, wear and dispose of clothes, we create an environmental footprint and an impact on the people who make them, most of whom are women. That’s why positive change is more urgent than ever if we are to tackle climate change and create a more equitable future for all.’

CARRY SOMERS
Co-founder and global operations director, Fashion Revolution

FASHION’S IMPACT

The fashion and textiles industry is increasingly taking an untenable toll on the environment. Global textiles production emits 1.2 billion tonnes of greenhouse gases annually – more than international flights and maritime shipping combined.

The EU textiles industry alone generates an estimated at 9.35 million tonnes of waste per year and overall apparel consumption is projected to rise even further, from 62 million tonnes in 2015 to 148 million tonnes in 2030.

It‘s clear that the current model of overproduction and overconsumption is harmful not just for the environment, but for the people working for poverty-level wages.

A CHANGE IN CULTURE

Fashion Revolution Week 2019 will encourage people to recognise their own personal impact and value quality over quantity. It will demand a change in culture where we nurture dignity in work because we cannot afford to live in a world where our clothes destroy the environment, harm or exploit people and reinforce gender inequality.

With this in mind, Fashion Revolution hopes its commitment will inspire citizens and governments to raise their climate ambition in a united effort to limit global warming to 1.5oC.

This is a race we can—and must—win, to avoid significantly worsening the risk of droughts, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.