Israel N12 News Article: Exploitation, Abuse and Pollution: The fashion industry is the biggest threat to the environment

Israel N12 News Article: Exploitation, Abuse and Pollution: The fashion industry is the biggest threat to the environment

Thousands of people attended the climate conference this week and talked about almost everything except over

Fashion • It may not sound like it but it is one of the main causes of pollution

Environmental that leads to climate change • Why not talk about the dramatic impact

Of the fashion industry? Because it's not a man

World leaders and environmentalists from over 200 countries came, all with one goal: to stop the climate crisis and do everything Earlier this week, the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, COP26, was opened with a loud voice.

 Whatever is required. The conference deals endlessly with areas directly and indirectly related to the climate crisis, renewable energies, nutrition, wind turbines, plastic recycling, smart transportation, seaweeds that reduce emissions and Native Americans from the rainforests. Everything but one and an important issue like us - fashion.

In fact, after three busy days

Especially at the conference, I attended for the first time an event that dealt with fashion. The title of the event, organized by fashion revolution, Beira, ecoage and a host of fashion activists from around the world, like me, was "Why not talk about fashion at the COP?". On the face of it the question sounds puzzling. When we think of the climate crisis, we think of Greta Thonberg, droughts in Syria and fires in Australia, so the connection between the disappearing bears at the pole, and the clothes we all have in the closet feels unclear at best, or non-existent at best.But the truth is that fashion is one of the most significant issues in tackling the climate crisis

The fashion industry is one of the four most polluting industries in the world, the one responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions from all flights and vehicles combined, hundreds of thousands of tons of textile waste and half a million tons of microplastics reaching the sea every year. In addition, the fashion industry is also one of the most exploitative industries in the world - according to the Modern Slavery Report of 2019 in the world, more than 40 million workers are employed in textile factories under particularly harsh conditions of exploitation, of which 70% are women and 20% are children under 12. In particularly long shifts of 16 hours a day on average, 64% of them suffer from physical and verbal abuse, on a gender basis, in each of these hours and this is in addition to a particularly high risk of work accidents.

Thus from the beginning of the year 109 were killed

Workers in textile factories and 153 were seriously injured, with many accidents not reported and therefore real numbers are estimated to be significantly higher. All of these together make the fashion industry what is today considered the second most polluting and exploitative industry in the world and one of the most burning global climate problems today. In other words it is impossible to talk about the climate crisis and environmental justice without talking about the fashion industry, which means it is possible, but it is very flawed.

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