Category: Activism

The Complications of Ocean Politics, Policy and Governance – Who Is Steering the Ship?

The Complications of Ocean Politics, Policy and Governance – Who Is Steering the Ship?

Sydney, Australia: With the ocean under extreme threat from issues such as pollution and overfishing, we need to ask – who is governing the ocean? It might not be a topic people often consider, but it’s one we need to start questioning before it’s too late. “Healthy oceans are the life support system for our planet, providing 97...

Is That Climate Pollution I See in Your Favorite Pair of Jeans?

Is That Climate Pollution I See in Your Favorite Pair of Jeans?

San Francisco, United States: Fashion can be fun — who doesn’t love discovering a new ethical brand or coming across a great find at your favorite secondhand store? But since I recently learned about the fashion industry’s dirty climate secret, my shopping bags have stayed home. The fashion industry has a major impact on our environment....

Unpacking Racial and Class Privilege within the Eco Lifestyle Movement

Unpacking Racial and Class Privilege within the Eco Lifestyle Movement

Pennsylvania, United States: The popularity of whole foods and a sustainable lifestyle among the wealthy elite and their subsequent commoditization of the movement are a destructive force within environmentalist circles. Since the beginnings of U.S. environmentalism in the 60s and 70s, popular sentiment held that it was a hobby only for wealthy whites. Subjugated groups...

5 Things We Hope Our Sustainable Lifestyle Actions and Green Activism Achieves In 2018

5 Things We Hope Our Sustainable Lifestyle Actions and Green Activism Achieves In 2018

I don’t know about you but I’ve never heard the terms and expressions ‘eco-friendly’, ‘sustainability’, ‘climate change mitigation’ and ‘environmental footprint’ as much as right now. The environment is a trendy topic that’s being discussed everywhere, from global summits to mainstream media and family dinners, yet it has never faced greater challenges. Temperatures are rising,...

3 Practical Ways To Be A Better Ethical Fashion Influencer and Create Meaningful Change

3 Practical Ways To Be A Better Ethical Fashion Influencer and Create Meaningful Change

Toronto, Canada: Towards the end of last year, I had the amazing opportunity to volunteer at World Ethical Apparel Rountable (WEAR) in Toronto. Hosted by Fashion Takes Action, it brings together industry experts and and is North America’s only convention focused on creating change in the textile and apparel industry. The WEAR sustainable fashion conference...

Let’s Make 2018 The Year Of Empathy

Let’s Make 2018 The Year Of Empathy

Washington DC, United States: New Year celebrations are over-hyped to be sure, with overcrowded bars and over-priced alcohol, but the event serves as a great opportunity to reset and reassess. We set resolutions for physical health, mental acuity, and new adventures, but there’s also a chance for deeper changes, ones that permanently change our worldviews....

3 Reasons Why There Aren’t More Women In Politics and How We Can Improve Participation

3 Reasons Why There Aren’t More Women In Politics and How We Can Improve Participation

In January, 2017, UN WOMEN released a map of women in politics. The map showcased the participation of women as chief executives of countries and as members of parliament. The visual indicated the following: • There are only 11 women heads of states in 157 countries which elect their leaders, representing 7.2 percent of the...

Why You Need to Make Local Politics A Part Of Your Everyday Life

Why You Need to Make Local Politics A Part Of Your Everyday Life

Pennsylvania, United States: The biggest challenge in small-time elections is getting people to care. The world of local politics is practically alien to national campaigns and advocacy because without the appeal of charming candidates, rallies, and broad national debate, very few people pay attention. But they should. Over the past few months, I helped a...