Unpacking Fashions Role in Slowing Global Warming


Week. The united nations intergovernmental panel on climate change released a new report from the world's top climate scientists warning that global temperatures will rise one point five degrees celsius by twenty forty and underscoring that human influences unequivocally responsible for global warming since the late nineteenth century. The fashion industry's greenhouse gas. Emissions are estimated to be between four and ten percent of the global total on this week's peo- of podcast deputy editor. Brian baskin is joined by. Michael szadkowski mrs stain ability advisor and former vice president of sustainability at nike. Leyla petrie chief. Executive of sustainability consultancy twenty fifty and hannah pang head of marketing an advocacy and sustainability consultancy for tara to unpack fashions role in slowing global warming. Here's michael cichowski. Leyla petrie and hannah pang inside passion michael. I'd like to start with you and get a little bit meta. Why is this fashion problem solve. I mean let's say i'm nike or gucci. You look around. And i say i sell clothes. Not making cars not operating a coal fire our plant. Why do i need to be thinking about the surgeon. You sure Thank you brian so I think it's important to note that It's humanities problem solve and fashion as one sector on that needs to be carbonized. Serve regardless of what Sector you find yourself in. We know that we have to reduce emissions vary significantly between now and twenty thirty and then on the way to twenty fifty and so Roughly reducing emissions by half by twenty thirty And and that's by twenty fifty There are a number of estimates of fashions greenhouse gas look rinse We can talk about this in a bit more detail. The data is not ideal But we do know that fashion does have a significant carbon footprint and as with other sectors much reduced that and so You know we know the effects and we. We know the predictions of where we're going if we keep on their business as usual trajectory And so fashion because of because of its impacts and also because it seeing the impacts of climate already happening in the supply chain in particular in places where the impacts of climate are being are happening We know that it's critical. Issue the sector to address. Thank you and love to get into the data question in a little bit on this more than any issue. We're talking about today. Hear a lot about the need for collective action for the industry to work together and you've been involved in. Some of the industry's biggest efforts on front in to tell us how that's going. I how much progress has been made in. Also why some necessary for brands you think of this as an industry problems New problems grand. I mean i think fundamentally this is a problem which no individual company consult when his i you know we have all sorts of invading intractable issues around infrastructure around incentives around policy. No-one acting really occurred within that system without being affected by it so all these brands have supply chains. Good three targets that are also dependent on And really what we realized. Is that everybody in this. Sector is co dependent on each other other actors like policy makers is to

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