Brighton Magazine

The Brighton Magazine

Selected Brighton Magazine Article

Monday 06 July 2020

Extinction Rebellion Brighton In Churchill Square Fast-Fashion Protest

Extinction Rebellion Brighton activists held a peaceful, socially distanced protest at Churchill Square to highlight the damaging impact fast fashion brands have on the climate.

Credit Natasa Leoni - XRFashion

The activists were also demonstrating against the unethical treatment of garment workers by big name high street brands.
Dozens of activists stood peacefully in front of Topshop, Zara, H&M and Urban Outfitters with placards featuring slogans such as 'People & Planet over Profit, Topshop, Primark, Zara, Urban Outfitters PAYUP' and '#TellTheTruth - The Fashion Industry's Carbon Impact is Larger than Aviation.'
Fashion is a highly polluting industry which generates waste and pollutants throughout the lifecycle of products – from the manufacture of fabric to the disposal of garments. 
In 2015, the total greenhouse gas emissions from textiles production was estimated to be 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent. That's more than the greenhouse gas emissions of all international flights and maritime shipping combined.
Yet despite the fashion industry's damaging impact, fast fashion companies have built business models that encourage people to buy and dispose of new items every month. Last year the industry produced 140 billion new garments.
The ruthless approach of fast fashion brands has been further exposed by the Covid-19 crisis. 

Several UK high street names cancelled or suspended £2.4bn worth of orders during the pandemic, causing more than a million Bangladeshi garment workers to be sent home without pay or lose their jobs.
Hermione Berendt, a spokesperson for Extinction Rebellion,said: 

"Black, Indigenous and People Of Colour living in the global south are already the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, which are fuelled partly by fast fashion. 
"Covid-19 has shown that Black, Indigenous and People of Colour are shamelessly exploited by the fast fashion industry too, with big name brand putting profit before people and planet once again
"It's outrageous that these brands, some of whom have outlets in Churchill Square, left their garments workers without a livelihood during a global health pandemic.  
"This is a window into the future. The vulnerability of garment workers in the global south will only get worse as the impacts of the climate and ecological emergency ramp up. 
"Now the shops are back open, will the big brands go back to business as usual or will they come together to build back a better fashion industry?" 
The protest was part of a global action with Extinction Rebellion Fashion Action, Animal Rebellion and Extinction Rebellion Fashion Action Netherlands.  

by: Mike Cobley


Miss Represented, Brighton Dome's award winning creative learning project, has received a grant of £44,200 from the Youth Endowment Fund to support young women in Brighton & Hove.

United We Stream Brighton continues to showcase some of the city's best local artists and venues to help raise money for local charities and to keep the city's nightlife alive.

Taking place at the British Airways i360 venue on Brighton's beachfront, the award-winning Brighton Music Conference is set to return to the city this coming autumn.
Credit Olivia Rose

Mercury Prize 2020 shortlisted Kiwanuka looks inward and out, across widescreen sonic landscapes constructed in recording studios in London, Los Angeles and New York, and provides a showcase for the honey-poured mahogany of Michael Kiwanuka's voice.
Credit Phoebe Wingrove

Displayed across the suburbs of Brighton, a new work - A Simple Act of Wonder - by artists Walter & Zoniel celebrates human connection and our experiences of joy in unprecedented times.

An ambitious vision to help boost nature and drive a green economic recovery has been unveiled by the South Downs National Park Authority and partners.

A Virtue is the new single from Popcorn Fiend, and the second track to be lifted from the Scottish musician's debut album Distance, which occupies a space somewhere between the industrial rock of Nine Inch Nails and the melodic synth-pop of Chvrches.
Credit Alberta Whittle

Photoworks Festival is the reshaping of one of the UK's longest running photography festivals - Brighton Photo Biennial - and is an idea developed by Shoair Mavlian, Director, Photoworks, which asks what a photography festival can be and who they are for. 

Blake Auden is a writer, poet and graphic artist living in Hove. Inspired by his love for war poetry as a child, Blake's debut collection Tell the Birds She's Gone has sold out twice and has gained an ever-growing fan base of over 90,000 people.

Oska Bright Film Festival, the world's leading learning disability film festival based in Brighton, takes its programme to the small screen with Oska Bites, regular programmes of award-winning short films.

Bastille's new song, which features Blur guitarist Graham Coxon, might feel like a bit of a surprise release, not least to the band themselves, but as frontman Dan Smith says: “We finished the song and it felt urgent. We didn't want to sit on it.”

Quintet Junodream are drawing on a wider palette of sounds for new single Easy Life, with post-rock and modern prog blending into their expansive mix of shoegaze and psychedelia. 
Credit Jack McKain

Bedroom soul artist cehryl came to the United States from her native Hong Kong to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston and post-college found herself in Los Angeles forming a tight-knit scene with friends Zack Villere, Mulherin, Dijon, Alex Szotak and Soft Glas.

Brighton-based singer-songwriter and all-round alt-pop fireball Oz's debut single Money is a statement-of-intent, an uncompromising synthesis of Garbage's dark-hued rock/electronica crossover with the bass-heavy zest of contemporary alt-pop. 

Organising a conference or event in Brighton?
See our Brighton Conference section.
Brighton web design by ...ntd