Eco Buzz | Marie Claire’s First Sustainability Issue, The Greens in Dual Citizenship Crisis

Eco Buzz | Marie Claire’s First Sustainability Issue, The Greens in Dual Citizenship Crisis

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Marie Claire’s First Ever Sustainability Issue

August 2017 marks Marie Claire USA’s inaugural sustainability issue, the first time the magazine will devote an entire issue to the people, brands and campaigns devoted to protecting the environment.

“I’m thrilled and proud to announce Marie Claire‘s first-ever sustainability issue,” Marie Claire’s Editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider writes on July 17.

The issue that hit newsstands on July 18, includes stories on fashion designers and brands that incorporate sustainability practices into their production processes, interviews trail blazers such as the woman bringing solar power to the masses, and features a piece on Al Gore’s latest documentary, An Inconvenient Sequel. 

In the feature “Fashioning the Future,” Marie Claire highlights 12 eco-conscious leaders—from fashion designer Stella McCartney to ethical fashion advocate Emma Watson—working to make sustainability an integral part of the fashion industry.

For the sustainability issue, the magazine – owned by global media conglomerate Hearst Media – cleverly appoints as its guest editor Miroslava Duma, Russian-born style icon and the fashion geek behind Fashion Tech Lab, in a move that will see many fashionistas stand up and take notice.

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In addition, Marie Claire sought the counsel of an industry advisory board that helped shape the content and direction of the issue. The board includes seven fashion sustainability heavy weights:

  • Sara Kozlowski, Director of Education and Professional Development at the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA)
  • Cara Smyth, Vice President at Glasgow Caledonian University (CGU) in New York and the Founder of The Fair Fashion Centre at the CGU
  • Kara Hurst, Director of Worldwide Sustainability at Amazon
  • Amanda Hearst, Cofounder at Maison de Mode
  • Aurora James, Founder and Creative Director at Brothers Vellies
  • Abigail Dillen, Vice President of Litigation for Climate and Energy at EarthJustice
  • Burak Cakmak, Dean of the School of Fashion at the Parsons School of Design

As part of its commitment to preserving our natural environment, Marie Claire partners with the National Resources Defense Council  (NRDC) to campaign for the protection of the planet. Donate to the cause here:

– Jennifer Nini

The Australian Greens in Dual Citizenship Crisis

Australian left-leaning political party The Greens have lost two rising political stars over a dual citizenship fiasco. Co-deputy leaders, senators Scott Ludlam and Larissa Waters immediately resigned after both were revealed to hold dual citizenships.

Under the Australian constitution, a dual citizen is ineligible to be elected to parliament.

Both have taken full responsibility for the serious oversight. Nevertheless, the matter will be reviewed by the High Court to determine penalties, if any.

“It is with great shock and sadness that I have discovered that I hold dual citizenship of Australia and Canada. As people would know after the recent departure of my dear friend and former colleague Scott Ludlam, section 44 of the Australian constitution means I cannot hold office in the federal Parliament,” Waters said in a statement.

Waters was born in Canada to Australian parents who left the country before she was one-year-old. Under the federal constitution, a dual citizen is ineligible to be elected to parliament.

“I left Canada as a baby. I was 11 months old when I came to Australia and I thought I was always Australian and thought when I turned 21 I would be able the opt to have dual citizenship,” she said.

“It turns out how wrong I was and in fact the law had changed in Canada a week after I was born and I was supposed to have been renounced. I was apparently Canadian all my life without ever being back.

“When you leave a country at a very young age and you don’t have any ongoing allegiance to it, it sort of breaks your heart that you can’t do your job as an Australian senator because you apparently have got this allegiance to another country. I thought I was just an Australian citizen and I have never shown any interest in Canada.”

Similar circumstances prompted the resignation of Ludlam, who became a senator in 2008. After recently learning of his dual Australian-New Zealand citizenship, he resigned. His family migrated to Australia when he just three-years-old.

“This was my error, and I should have checked,” Ludlam said in a statement. “I am personally devastated to learn that an avoidable oversight a decade ago compels me to leave my colleagues, supporters and wonderful team.”
The Greens held nine seats of the 76 in the Australian Senate and one of 150 in the Australian House of Representatives before the resignations. It is unlikely they will lose seats as a result of the resignations.
Section 44 of Australia’s constitution has been in effect since 1977. There are calls for legislation to be amended.

Describing the pair as ‘careless’ in a radio talk show, Australia’s current Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pointed out he wasn’t about to make changes to legislation on account of this unprecedented incident. “It is in the Constitution, so you know it would be a big deal to change it,” he told Adelaide radio 5AA. “It is extraordinary that two out of nine greens senators made that mistake. When you nominate for Parliament there is actually a question that says, please confirm and tick the box and confirm that you are not in breach of Section 44, and there are various provisions that are set out there.” – Jennifer Nini

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