We had the exclusive chance to conduct an interview with planet earth. We asked her how she's doing, what people's fashion consumption is doing to her, and why recycling can't be the solution - at least not the way we do it.
Dear Earth, it's great that today we have the opportunity to learn from your experience over the last 4543 billion years. Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. You are certainly quite busy with all kinds of crises, wars and other plagues that burden you. How are you doing?
Well, I must say I've been better. The last 200 years since the beginning of your so-called 'industrialisation' have taken their toll on me. Everywhere I look I'm being dug up, harvested, extracted and burned. I've got a fever and what depresses me most is that it's happening so fast. I am getting worse and worse and my oceans and forests and my inhabitants like mushrooms, plants, animals, don't manage to compensate for the destruction you humans create to build your roads, houses and cars, to tailor your clothes and to fly around. Your so-called fashion industry accounts for about 4% (1) of the greenhouse gas emissions that cause my fever. As you have no fur, I see that you need clothes to cover your bodies. Besides, you want to adorn yourselves with it - I get this, too. I also like to shine with my waterfalls, rainforests and glitter bugs. But seriously, does it have to be so many? Don’t you see me drowning in old clothes? They clog my rivers, pollute the sea, and pile up in my deserts. Besides the climate crisis, there are other problems I have. Last year, your climate scientist Rockström and his team found out that 6 out of 9 of the planetary boundaries (2) that allow you to live well on me have been exceeded. Especially the ‘novel entities’, all the substances that you produce yourselves but that my ecosystems can't absorb, like chemicals and especially micro-plastics are a real problem. The fashion industry contributes a significant part......
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