Every year on 21 September, International Day of Peace is observed across the world. This is a day devoted to highlighting the importance of peace, amongst people and nations.

The United Nations adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, these were established because it is impossible to achieve world peace without human rights and a lack of economic and social development.  The Sustainable Goals include poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice.

 

‘Climate Action for Peace’


The emphasis this year is on the importance of combating climate change to protect and promote peace.

Natural disasters displace three times as many people as conflicts; forcing millions to leave their homes and seek shelter elsewhere, threatening water sanitisation and food supply and impacting people’s health and wellbeing. Natural disasters place huge stress and tension on our resources and on people.


What's the relationship between climate change and natural disasters?

Climate change results in more severe and unpredictable weather patterns such as floods, storms, cyclones and droughts.  With population, production and consumption growing exponentially over the past 150 years, the impact of human actions has led to the highest level of greenhouse gases ever recorded.  Temperatures are rising world-wide due to greenhouse gases trapping more heat in the atmosphere.

  • Droughts are becoming longer and more extreme around the world
  • Tropical storms are becoming more severe due to warmer ocean water temperatures
  • Glaciers and sea ice are melting at a faster rate with the warmer temperatures
  • Sea levels are rising, threatening coastal communities and ecosystems

Climate change has far reaching consequences; impacting the ecosystem that provides us food from the land and ocean, access to clean water, destroying property and affecting human health.  To limit global warming requires rapid change in all aspects of human behaviour in order to ensure a more sustainable society.

We are all part of the solution to combating climate change but to be the solution, we must all do our part.  The greatest threat to our planet is the belief that someone else will save it, when we can each adopt sustainable habits that ultimately do make a difference.

Climate Action for Peace is a call for immediate action by all to adopt sustainable behaviour and to improve education on climate change.  By being more conscious of the choices we make and our behaviour, through supporting practice that promotes human rights and which has a positive environmental footprint we can help be the change that is necessary for a thriving planet.
 

The following brands prove you can operate within an eco-system that promotes human rights, social and economic development whilst protecting our planet.

Feather Drum

Sustainability and ethically made fashion by Feather Drum is thoughtful and considered to ensure the fit and quality results in a collection of long-term investment pieces, lessening the environmental impacts associated with fast fashion.  One reason fashion is such a blight on the planet is that we’re consuming too much of it. The apparel industry produces more than 150 billion clothes every year...for a global population of just 7.7 billion people.

Feather Drum chooses to partner only with makers who carry the GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification and who demonstrate socially sustainable practices; including provision of safe work conditions and fair wages and strict environmental criteria for operations along the entire textile supply chain.  Organic cotton uses far less water than regular cotton, additionally organic cotton crops aren't treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides or Genetically Modified Organisms.

 

AmaElla

AmaElla items are made by women paid a living wage and whose working conditions are closely monitored to ensure they are treated fairly and respectfully.  Partnered with a non-profit social enterprise, they provide training to develop the women’s skills within the fashion industry whilst also ensuring the rich textile heritage of the community is preserved.

AmaElla only work with GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard), the world's leading processing standard for textiles made from certified organically produced raw materials. Organic cotton is a natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre. It benefits cotton producers and the environment by avoiding the harmful effects of toxic pesticides, and the reduced cost of production improves social conditions. 

 

Issara

Social and environmental responsibility is a key part of Issara business ethos. They believe that happy people make quality products, and that commerce can result in significant positive impact for communities.  Offering their artisans fair, liveable wages, sustainable hours in a safe environment, they promote workplace conditions in accordance with human rights. 

The tanneries Issara work with are compliant with international environment standards and all their packaging is eco-friendly. The leather is free from AZO and disperse dyes (water insoluble dyes that escape conventional wastewater treatment processes), accessories are nickel free and the lining is AZO free. They make every effort to minimise their environmental footprint and reduce the use of non-recycleable plastic in all packaging.

 

Vitos 1925

 

An iconic brand, Vitos 1925 respect the original ethos and values of durability and quality, timeless fashion, supporting local family owned workshops whilst embracing organic, regeneration and recycling. 

VITOS have committed 100% to recycled cashmere, linen or merino and organic cotton.  Their garments are all manufactured in France, Italy and Scotland with transparency in supply chain and high craftsmanship an important aspect of their ethos.  Yarns are all traceable, coming from the best and oldest yarn mills, they collaborate with century-old houses to uphold spinner and knitting mastery and know-how.

 

Aneau

Intrigued by age-old traditions and preserving these traditions, all Aneau quilts are made using hand-sewn techniques. Designed in Sydney and made in partnership with the Purkal women's foundation in a rural village in the foothills of the Himalayas, the attention to detail and craftsmanship creates a unique item, made to last and made to be treasured.

The Purkal womens foundation teach women in the community skills in quilting, providing them with an income and a place to be appreciated - through their work they gain respect within their family, increased confidence, self-worth and happiness.

 

Shop more brands `Made With Respect' here.

 

Photo: Larm Rmah, Unsplash

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