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1/7 — Maya Tatikola: "We need to be mindful of what we use and where we dispose of things.”

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4.22.2019

Wake Up! Earth Day 2K19 According to Gen Z

What do you think about climate change? It’s a question that pops up in almost every industry; in fashion and art, it’s a topic at the forefront of our conversations and projects.

Student activist and photographer, Ethan Halpern, took to the streets to hear from other Gen Z New Yorkers about their sustainability POV. The result is a project that addresses climate change, what we’re doing about it now, and what more there is still to be done.

“I think climate change is terrifying. We need to act and change what is going on in our world. This is not just a domestic issue this is happening and effecting everyone in the world. I thought that this Earth Day would be a great day to make people aware of the effects that climate change can have. With the recent announcement of climate change becoming irreversible in no more than 15 years means that the time is act is now.”

Maya Tatikola and Imani Brown are two of the interviewees; get to know the rest in the slideshow above.

Maya Tatikola“Climate change is an extremely important issue for right now. It is affecting not only our generation but will impact others as well. Another problem is environmental racism because a lot of people affected are in communities that people of privilege don’t often see and so they are experiencing greater effects of climate change. It is our duty to be more environmentally cautious. We need to be mindful of what we use and where we dispose of things.”

Imani Brown“My issue with climate change is that I feel like not many people take it seriously yet. People think a simple retweet is enough to raise awareness when in actuality it is not. What actions are we taking to change this. We can’t wait till it’s too late. People need to wake up.”

Stay tuned to Milk for more Earth Day news, and add your own thoughts about climate change by answering our survey on Instagram Stories.

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