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Don't buy as many clothes, and use them longer. An average family in the U.S throws away about 30 kg of clothing per year. The fashion industry is a huge polluter, second to only the oil industry. It pollutes water, dumps chemicals and plastics in the ocean, and turns clothes into disposable cloth.
Wear 'vegan' clothes. Animal clothing is often cruelly taken from animals, some farmed, and some endangered. Animals that live on farms before being killed for skin often live in inhumane, small cages. Poached animals may be injured in a trap for a while before being skinned, sometimes alive.
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish 18-year-old climate activist. She protests on Fridays to ask for people to pay attention to climate change. Because of these Friday protests, she was invited to say a speech for the United Nations in New York. Instead of taking an airplane, because of carbon emissions, Greta took a more green boat, called the Malizia II. She said, "You say you love your children above all else, and yet you’re stealing their future in front of their very eyes."
Isra Hirsi is a 18-year-old climate activist. She is the co-founder of the US Youth Climate Strike, a huge school strike for students worldwide. She is focused on creating more diversity in climate activism. She said, "All of these experiences taught me that it is so important to make sure that those that are disproportionately affected by climate change be at the forefront of the issue, advocating for ourselves and our communities."
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Isra Hirsi 2019 Brower Youth Awards. 2019. Performance by Isra Hirsi, Storyline Media, 2019. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_WRe-9ArNI
Greta Thunberg Full Speech at UN Climate Change COP24 Conference. Performance by Greta Thunberg, Connect4Climate, 2018. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFkQSGyeCWg
Hirsi, Isra. "Isra Hirsi, 16" ["The Climate Movement Needs More People Like Me"]. The International Congress of Youth Voices, www.internationalcongressofyouthvoices.com/isra-hirsi. Accessed 13 Apr. 2020.
Barnard, Anne. "Greta Thunberg, Climate Activist, Arrives in N.Y. with a Message for Trump." The New York Times. The New York Times, www.nytimes.com/2019/08/28/nyregion/greta-thunberg-new-york.html. Accessed 13 Apr. 2020. Originally published in The New York Times, 28 Aug. 2019.
"Showers." Home Water Works, www.home-water-works.org/indoor-use/showers. Accessed 13 Apr. 2020.
"Fashion's Environmental Impact." Sustain Your Style, www.sustainyourstyle.org/old-environmental-impacts. Accessed 13 Apr. 2020.
"Animals Used for Clothing." People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, www.peta.org/issues/animals-used-for-clothing/. Accessed 24 May 2020.
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You can help! You can donate to the World Wildlife Fund, or a local organization near you. You can even make a fundraiser, like a bake sale or lemonade stand. Even young people can make a difference, for example, Greta Thunberg or Isra Hirsi. Look below for some organizations you can donate too, more information about Greta Thunberg, Isra Hirsi, and other young climate change activists, and some simple ways you can make a difference in your daily lifestyle.