How Have You Been Affected By Climate Change?
Unfortunately, Ready to Wear has officially launched, and we couldn’t be more excited to be partnering with fam Luka Sabbat and the Natural Resources Defense Council on this prototype capsule collection combatting the five greatest threats to our environment. You know the drill: this is bigger than politics or policy; it’s about creating a more sustainable future. With that in mind, we turned our attention to the Milk community and handed them the mic.
So: how have you been impacted by climate change? What are you doing to take action? We posed these questions to our community, and they answered: with a visual representation of their own experiences around the globe. Featured below are images and films from places like Iceland, the Arctic Circle, Hawaii, Jamaica, New York City, and, of course, Malibu, all affected by our changing environment. Stop by Milk Gallery anytime between now and Thursday, February 14 to see them IRL.
Left: “In general producing one yard of a raw material takes about 700 gallons of water and yet Americans on average throw away 81 pounds of clothing each year. It doesn’t add up. Materials aren’t trash and it’s affecting our clean water supply.”
Right: “2/3s of our world will face shortages of clean water by 2025 if manufacturing continues as it is. I think we put statistics like that out of our mind because we don’t feel them urgently. We think that won’t happen here… but look at Flint, Michigan and check the news for more and more towns in the various countries you’re from and you’ll see it’s a problem a lot closer to you than you think.”
“Contributing to trash and pollution will result in climate change. We must work to prevent this for us, and the future generations.”
“This piece is representing humans turning a blind eye on climate change and environmental destruction.”
“This video is a compilation of Super 8 taken in different corners of the world. The imagery is representative of climate change whether it be symbolic, such as a cow, or quite literally, such as a burnt down house. The notion is to demonstrate simple ways in which people can change everyday routines to combat climate change juxtaposed by the scary realities that are occurring right in front of us.”
Left: “How Much Mercury We Got Over The Summer”
“Combating climate change via unsustainable practices is tricky as, at the moment, the onus is put onto consumers to change their habits. We are all essentially enablers to manufacturers continual destructive practices such as mass cattle farms for fast food, insatiable needs for plastic for online shipping (Amazon being a key offenders), or continuing to use beauty products that use palm oil. The flip side is that onus is our advantage, if we move away from behemoths like Amazon, use small businesses that are more accountable and quit the myth of convenience.”
Right: “Our Methane Is Proudly 100% All American”
“At least the Trump administration is transparent with one thing; a complete contempt for our environment and future generations way of life. Poisoning water and air with increased mercury, an actual measure initiated by the Trump run EPA, is a completely bi-partisan issue, not bound by your politics or the media splitting us all into sides. It is staggering that actions such as this are masked with ‘it’s better for our economy’ and people swallow it. Choking the globe of natural resources, tainting water supplies with zero accountability (such as in Flint Michigan) in the name of lining the pockets of a few billionaire industrial kingpins, should be a call to action for citizens to burn it all down. Sadly, we are collectively too apathetic and sedated by our appetite for streaming TV, shopping and selfie culture to own up and take action for the one place we call home. We need to do better.”
“These images were taken in August of 2018 at Kailua Beach on the island of Oahu in Hawaii. As our climate continues to change, we will experience small things like this every day that will impact us. We will see more blatant signs that as a population, we have exploited and neglected our planet and ultimately consumed its resources beyond our intended means. The small pieces of plastic, or microplastics, seen in this image are only a small glimpse into the approximately 8 million tons of plastic that enters the ocean each year. As our climate crisis continues our waste and pollution will become more evident and will show itself in an increasingly more harmful way. These images are a clear sign that as a human population need to change. Change how we consume, how we manufacture our goods, how we view nature and how we live as a society.”
“I spent a summer living on a farm in Jamaica, owned and run by a Rastafarian couple and their six sons. Their family is almost entirely self-sustainable, prioritizing local resources such as beekeeping and essential oil distillation to provide for themselves. In the era of climate change, I watched a blissfully happy family thrive in a “minimalist” mindset while I mentally compared their life choices to my lifestyle in New York City.”
Stay tuned to Milk for more from our global community.