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This Week's 5 Links
Earth Day and the March for Science — NPR
Tomorrow, thousands will descend on Washington D.C. (and partner cities) to stand up for climate science and commemorate Earth Day at the national March for Science. In this Q&A, Adam Frank speaks with Earth Day Network president Kathleen Rogers about the history of Earth Day, the Industrial Revolution and the recent convergence of science and politics.
☞ TAKE ACTION: Join Earth Day Network's campaign to reach three billion "Acts of Green." Here are a few ideas to get started.
A Woman’s Death Sorting Grapes Exposes Italy’s ‘Slavery’ — The New York Times
A heartbreaking story about modern slavery in Italy, where job scarcity is driving workers — especially women in agriculture — to pay off corrupt middlemen and accept exploitative working conditions.
The Ugly Unethical Underside of Silicon Valley — Fortune
“Silicon Valley has always seen itself as the virtuous outlier, a place where altruistic nerds tolerate capitalism in order to make the world a better place.” But with an uptick in reports of questionable ethics — and downright fraud — is this still the case? Erin Griffith explores how characteristics of the modern tech industry encourage and even incentivize unethical behavior.
A Guide for Brands That Have Recently Discovered Women — McSweeney’s
A brilliant satire calling out companies whose policies and cultures contradict their rah-rah attitudes around diversity and inclusion. Dare you not to laugh out loud.
Above the Bottom Line
I love the positive energy emanating from this weekly newsletter, which looks at how the world’s most influential companies are taking a stance on important issues. Plus, the animated GIFs are on point.
Spotlight: Fashion Revolution Week
"Looking good can be extremely bad for the planet," stated a recent headline in The Economist. I tend to agree. For nearly a decade, I have been thinking about and working on ways to change this. Because clothing isn’t inherently bad. In most cultures, it’s necessary. It can be empowering and liberating. It’s a powerful representation to the outside world of who you are and what you stand for.
But is that representation an accurate one? Does it align with your values and what you believe in? Most people don't know, which is why the folks behind Fashion Revolution Week are trying to push for greater transparency in the fashion industry by encouraging consumers to ask themselves and their favorite brands a simple question: "Who made my clothes?” This year's campaign — which commemorates the fourth anniversary of the horrific collapse of Rana Plaza in Bangladesh — kicks off next week.
☞ TAKE ACTION: Here are a few ways you can join in:
- Download and read the How to Be a Fashion Revolutionary guide, filled with valuable information and practical tactics.
- Photograph the label of your favorite garment and post it to social media, tagging the brand with the question #whomademyclothes?
- Attend a Fashion Revolution Week event near you (I’ll be attending the Sustainable Design Festival here in Ubud, Bali!).