In January Fashion Takes Action / Vancouver presented My Clothes My World programming to 300+ students through the generous support of community partners, I-SEA, and the Salt Spring Foundation.
The Secret Life of Clothes workshop focuses on the humanitarian issues linked to the clothes that we wear, and the Foot Print of Fashion reveals the environmental impacts. The aim is to empower young people with the information to develop critical thinking skills to become change agents and future leaders.
Text supplied by presenter Vivienne Challandes
Photos: John Cameron
Fashion Takes Action (FTA)
Climate change can be a huge, confusing and sometimes overwhelming topic, particularly for young people. When students learn about these global issues through an engaging and relevant topic like fashion, it equips our youth with knowledge and empowers them with the tools to become future leaders.
FTA is a non-profit organization established in 2007 to advance sustainability in the fashion industry through education, awareness and collaboration. We achieve this through various initiatives such as the WEAR Conference and our youth education program (“My Clothes My World”), through meet-ups, speaking engagements and global awareness campaigns. Collaboratively, we are helping move the needle on sustainability.
To date FTA has worked with 14,000+ students ages 8 – 17 yrs in schools to deliver My Clothes My World through established, curriculum-aligned programming that includes hand-on activities, videos, group work, and critical thinking with discussion throughout.