It is quarter to twelve! In Bangladesh, a gigantic river delta landscape sinks. In Mozambique, violent storms destroy more and more coastline. On Vanya Levi, the second largest island of Fiji, the soil gets saltier, the harvest fails, coconut palms got lost, water overfloods the land and destroys habitats. In Peru, the city of Huaraz is threatened to be flooded by the rapidly melting glaciers.
Inconspicuous, supposedly far away from Western civilization.
But it is precisely the Western civilization that is guilty, carrying the primary responsibility for climate change and the establishment of unethical working conditions worldwide. Thus, the Western civilization must face up to their responsibility. It is not about resigning oneself, of falling into a state of "we were too weak, we could not prevent lethargy" and thus establishing a too-late-modernity.
But there is hope. The modern woman has set out to overcome the prevailing behaviours that have grown from centuries of patriarchy such as passivity, covetousness, and feelings of inferiority. The role model of a young woman has turned and is a game changer.
If we look beyond the horizon of climate activist Greta Thunberg, there are women like Carola Rackete, who docked a ship with refugees at the port of Lampedusa despite being banned by Italian authorities; Priscilla Ludovsky, who triggered the yellow vests protests; Nasrin Sotudeh, who was jailed and tortured for defending women who did not want to wear a headscarf; Emma Gonzáles, who survived the rampage in Florida and stood on stage for six minutes (the duration of the rampage) without saying a word, criticizing Donald Trump for his proximity to the arms industry; or Magan Rapinoe, who refused to follow the call to the White House, expressing her contempt for the current resident.
Acting ecologically and fairly is today's imperative. In particular, this applies to the "dirty business" of the fashion industry, headwind comes from a growing number of fashion activists. In our third issue of Luxiders Magazine we talk to some of them –Clare Press, Sustainability Editori-at-Large of Vogue Australia; designers Juana Díaz and Lucía Cuba; Francesco Mazzarella, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Centre for Sustainable Fashion; writer Sass Brown; and Patrick Duffi, Founder of Global Fashion Exchange– about their goals and challenges.
We also talk to influential fashion pioneers, from the denim industry in particular, which involves extremely resource-intensive production, requires alternative production approaches from reforming companies.
But everything is nothing, if one does not combine beauty and technology, as was recognized by Alexander von Humboldt. So, we invite you to discover what the city of the future looks like, having selected for you the best cutting-edge designs made from waste. Luxiders #3 creatively interprets the bond between humans and the issue of water as a finite resource, invites you to eat with less carbon footprint, introduces you to the best books on sustainability, entices you to travel in an unreal desert in southern Spain and seduces you with a paradise of both luxury and sustainability on a wonderful island in Thailand.
Our suggestions should inspire you. We all have to take responsibility and understand that environmental awareness is imperative for ourselves and for others.
Andy Warhol said that in the future, everyone will be world-famous for a quarter of an hour. May they be 15 crucial minutes, it is quarter to twelve!