Teen Vogue Introduces 9 Teen Climate Activists Fighting For The Planet's Future

No one takes the reality of climate change more seriously than members of Generation Z, as climate change and the Green New Deal, advanced by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , take center stage in the 2020 Democratic Presidential Primary.

Days after her election to the House, then Congresswoman-elect Ocasio-Cortez joined 150 youth activists associated the Sunrise movement in a sit-in at then House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's Capitol Hill office, where the group called for congressional action on climate change.

"She was elected as part of the movement, she intends to govern as part of the movement," said Corbin Trent, a spokesman for Ocasio-Cortez. "She thinks there is no other priority that we should be focused on and supports the sunrise movements call for Democrats to create a plan to transition the economy to a zero carbon economy so we have that ready to go when we take back the Presidency in 2020."

In a statement, Pelosi said her office was “inspired” by the energy and activism of youth activists and advocates, reported by The Hill.

“We welcome the presence of these activists, and we strongly urge the Capitol Police to allow them to continue to organize and participate in our democracy,” she said in a statement.

Teen Vogue introduces us to 9 Teen Climate Activists Fighting for the Future of the Planet. Heading the list is Swedish activist Greta Thunberg, 16. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Thunberg will be speaking at the UN Climate Summit in New York in September. She is among the 15 Forces for Change featured in the September 2019 issue of British Vogue.

Other climate activists profiled by Teen Vogue include: Katie Eder, 19 executive director of Future Coalition; Jamie Margolin, 17 cofounder and co-executive director of Zero Hour; Nadia Nazar, 17 Cofounder, co-executive, and art director of Zero Hour; Isra Hirsi, 16 cofounder and co-executive director of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike; Alexandria Villasenor, 14 founder of Earth Uprising; Haven Coleman, 13 cofounder and co-executive director the U.S. Youth Climate Strike; Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, 19 youth director of Earth Guardians and author of the book We Rise; and Jayden Foytlin, 15 member of Teen Vogue’s 21 Under 21 class of 2018. Read their stories at Teen Vogue.

CNN will host a climate change debate in New York on September 4 for candidates qualifying for the September Democratic debates. Presently, only eight candidates meet that criteria: former Vice President Joe Biden; New Jersey Senator Cory Booker; South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg; California Senator Kamala Harris; Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar; former Representative Beto O’Rourke; Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders; and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren.

MSNBC will host a two-day event in Washington, DC on September 19 and 20. All presidential candidates are invited from both parties.

'Years of Living Dangerously', Gisele's National Geographic Series On Climate Change in Amazon

Gisele in the Amazon, talking climate change for National Geographic

Gisele in the Amazon, talking climate change for National Geographic

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen is among the most successful talents of all time. Gisele continues to dominate the Forbes Highest-earning Models List in 2016, with an estimated earnings of $30.5 million last year.  

Not everyone knows that Bündchen has been a dedicated environmentalist for many years. Next week the opening ceremonies star of the Rio Olympics takes cameras with her on an expedition into her home country. Starring in an episode of the award-winning National Geographic Channel series 'Years of Living Dangerously', Gisele next week directs an expedition deep into the Brazilian rain forest for a closeup view of deforestation and its effects on climate change. She explains:

In my episode, the viewers will be taken on a trip through the Amazon, where they will learn about the major forces threatening the rain forest and the consequences of that for the planet and for all of us. It will show how the Amazon rain forest has a vital role in balancing the earth’s climate. The forest filters massive amounts of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere; it acts as an air conditioner for our planet by emitting vapor and creating rain, and it is home to the largest biodiversity on our planet. The consequences of not having the rain forest are unthinkable.

Gisele in the Amazon rainforest, talking climate change impact on trees for National Geographic.

Gisele in the Amazon rainforest, talking climate change impact on trees for National Geographic.

Gisele recalls her first trip into the rain forest in 2004, where she stayed with a native Amazonian tribe. 

The indigenous people faced many problems due to deforestation and its ramifications. Things like mercury from mining and the pesticides used on crops were washed into the rivers, making some of their freshwater toxic and creating many health issues for the tribes. Their survival comes from the water and fish those rivers provide, and their precious life sources were being destroyed. There is no life without clean water. I felt I had to do something to help, so I began to learn more about it and started to support different environmental projects, including projects in the Amazon, and I’ve also created the Água Limpa (Clean Water) Project in my hometown of Horizontina.

Trump Revokes National Ocean Policy As Britain Launches Audit Of Fast Fashion Impact Environment

Image via Greenpeace

Image via Greenpeace

Donald Trump cares little about the environment, and that was never more clear than when issued an executive order Tuesday revoking the 2010 National Ocean Policy of the Trump administration. Economic development is Trump's top priority, and if he puts the entire global ecosystem in peril, he could care less. That includes local quality of life as well. His mentality is drill baby drill. As for massive guts of plastic floating in the oceans and killing our fish, basta! Trump insists that it is RIGHT to pollute, to desecrate, to kill the earth in the name of consumption and economic development.

The Obama administration’s goal was to guide a more coordinated, sustainable management of the oceans and coasts in collaboration with states and tribes. Republican opponents call such a plan the liberal bureaucracy in action.  On Tuesday, conservation groups voiced strong opposition to Trump’s action, which, among other things, ensures “federal regulations and management decisions do not prevent productive and sustainable use of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes waters,” according to the executive order.

The difference between Trump's attitude on consumption and sustainability could not contrast more with Britain's. While Trump practically demands that we pour more chemicals and plastic into the ocean, Britain's House of Commons has launched an environmental audit to assess the impact of fast fashion in the UK.

“Fashion shouldn’t cost the earth” said Mary Creagh MP, chair of the committee, today. “But the way we design, make and discard clothes has a huge environmental impact. Producing clothes requires climate-changing emissions. Every time we put on a wash, thousands of plastic fibres wash down the drain into the oceans. We don’t know where or how to recycle end-of-life clothing.”

Consensus is united that the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry after oil, with 87 percent of fashion landfilled or incinerated every year, according to data from the Copenhagen Fashion Summit

Key to the inquiry is getting consumers to embrace the necessity of an "end to end" fashion system or a "circular economy" , writes Vogue UK.  Not only are garments kept in use for a longer time, but they are then made into new products at the end of their fashion clothing life span. 

Stella McCartney opens the new shop with Kylie Minogue and Kate Moss ( Rex Features ) via The Independent

Stella McCartney opens the new shop with Kylie Minogue and Kate Moss ( Rex Features ) via The Independent

Sustainability pioneer Stella McCartney constantly reminds us of the "appalling" fact that only one percent of fashion on our planet is recycled. “It’s not a great place where we are at,” she said in May this year. “Honestly, it takes up more time in my company than creating product… [we’re] just being decent human beings and having a decent label practice, [but] it’s a big problem because there are very few people that are doing that.”

A designer who walks her talk, Stella McCartney opened a brand new shop at London's 23 Old Bond Street last week. McCartney proudly asserts that her new shop (all four floors) is the most sustainable store in London. It's highly probable that the store also has the cleanest air, despite London's notorious air pollution. 

The design of the shop has incorporated materials that are handmade, organic and ethically sourced, eschewing the more luxurious materials that were more frequently used in the past, writes The Independent.