Pop Climate

Most days I’m discouraged by what is trending on Facebook’s newsfeed: Justin Bieber’s newest tattoo, a Real Housewife got face-altering surgery, a Hollywood star’s child had their 8th birthday party. When there are so many more important issues in the world, why is this what we choose to fill our brains with? Then there are days like today, where Emma Watson is the third-top trending topic on Facebook. A renowned actress and activist, Watson often advocates for women’s rights, but represented the environment at Monday’s Met Gala in New York with her eco-friendly dress. Here is Watson’s Facebook post on her gorgeous back and white couture gown made from recycled plastic bottles:

Emma WatsonThank you Calvin Klein & Eco Age for collaborating with me and creating the most amazing gown. I am proud to say it is truly sustainable and represents a connection between myself and all the people in the supply chain who played a role in creating it.

The body of the gown is crafted from three different fabrics, all woven from yarns made from recycled plastic bottles (!). Plastic is one of the biggest pollutants on the planet. Being able to repurpose this waste and incorporate it into my gown for the ‪#‎MetGala‬ proves the power that creativity, technology and fashion can have by working together.

Each and every part of this beautiful gown has been produced with sustainability in mind, even the components that you can’t see. The zippers on the gown are made from recycled materials and the inner bustier has been crafted from organic cotton. Conventional cotton is one of the highest impact crops, using more chemicals than any other crop in the world. Organic cotton on the other hand, is grown without the use of the most harmful chemicals and is therefore better for the environment and people working with cotton. The organic silk used in the lining of my gown is certified to a standard that guarantees the highest environmental and social standards throughout production. It is my intention to repurpose elements of the gown for future use. The trousers can be worn on their own, as can the bustier, the train can be used for a future red carpet look… I’m looking forward to experimenting with this. Truly beautiful things should be worn again and again and again. ‪#‎30wears‬

I hope you like it! The ultimate #30Wears! ‪#‎MetGala2016‬

Emma xx

Since she was a role model for millions of girls as Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter” movies series, she has inspired millions more through her philanthropic efforts and the time she gives as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. Her climate change-focused dress to honor the Met Gala theme “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” is wonderful homage to the growing innovations in green technology.

Jimmy-Kimmel-and-Scientists-on-Climate-Change-1024x579The same night that Watson brought a green edge to her black and white gown in New York City, Jimmy Kimmel was also drawing attention to the perils of climate change at his live late night show’s studio in Hollywood. Using Sarah Palin’s new anti-climate change documentary, “Climate Hustle,” as his starting point, Kimmel roasted Palin’s climate denial and gave a profound monologue on the very real, undeniable scientific validity of climate change. “We’ve had 15 of the 16 hottest years ever since 2001. That’s not an opinion. It’s a fact,” Kimmel said, according to ThinkProgress.org. Visibly appalled by the number of climate deniers in America, and in Congress, Kimmel asked, “What if I decided to deny the existence of yogurt?” He was trying to demonstrate that it’s loony to deny the existence of something that is clearly real.

You can watch Kimmel’s monologue on climate change and critique of “Climate Hustle” here.

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