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The climate is changing, but the minds are not

A.A. Gill once said that “Not everybody reads poetry or listens to music, but every single person in the world gets up in the morning and put on something, and whether you like it or not, that’s a statement about who you are.

But he didn’t know one day that ‘something’ would be one of the causes of global warming and climate change.

We can define fashion/clothes in many ways, it’s a basic need for everyone, it’s also a statement or status for some people, business for someone, maybe art for someone but for our environment it’s the second largest polluting industry.

We throw around 60% of clothing within the first year of its manufacturing, Eleven million garments end up in landfill each week. The World Resources Institute estimates that the so-called “fast fashion” industry annually releases about 1.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

But why’d we care about what’s happening, we’re safe nothing happened to us right?

But climate change is real, Living in Kolkata – ‘The City of Joy’ – the joy is gradually, inevitably being overshadowed by the consequence

of global warming; climate change. Like many countries globally, India also faces the detrimental effects of climate change & Kolkata is no longer an exception. The city, being an urban center, is vulnerable to climate risk with the increased intensity of heat waves putting us in an alarming situation. My city is melting day by day!

A digital illustration and artwork on climate change by @myidentityismystyle

As a consumer of fast fashion, we don’t even think twice when we get something at a cheaper price, but we forgot that it can cost our own

lives. If we can be the cause of this problem, why can’t be the solution? Can’t we choose quality over quantity? Can’t we choose carefully? Can’t we invest a little more in ethically sourced materials for the sake of our earth? Can’t we?

“Think twice before over-buying your clothes, think before you throw them away cause we can move to some other city, But there is no planet B to go”

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