Extinction Rebellion Focuses on a Sustainable Fashion Future

Bringing London to a standstill, Extinction Rebellion have been demonstrating through peaceful protests across London. Many of the recent demonstrations, focusing on pollution and climate change. On April 12, one group turned their focus to the fast fashion industry, protesting against one of the largest contributors to pollution, across the globe.

Demonstrators at the Extinction Rebellion, fast fashion protest at Oxford Circus

Opening the series of protests, Extinction Rebellion organised a vibrant catwalk, through the heart of London’s fashion scene. Blocking the cross roads at Oxford Circus, the group brought Oxford Street to a close, focusing specifically on the environmental impacts of fast fashion, a fitting choice for the chosen location. 

Showcasing garments created by sustainable designer, Violet Vega, the models walked down the makeshift catwalk, demonstrating to the public a collection of sustainable, recycled designs, attempting to open the public’s mind, to a world of environmentally friendly fashion, as Violet explains “Everything is made from waste fabrics, it’s all from things that would otherwise go in landfill”. 

Facing scrutiny more intensely over the past few years, the fast fashion industry has borne the brunt of climate activist groups. With more people interested in the cause, an increasing demand for the industry to develop a more environmentally friendly process has arisen. Across the globe an estimated 80% of discarded textiles go to landfill or are incinerated. This process heavily contributes to the prominent land and air pollution issues, both dominating factors in the climate crisis.

Over the past fifteen years, the average consumer purchased 60% more garments ,leading to an increase in production. The production process for one kilogram of cotton includes the use of 20,000 litres of water. This process contributing to water pollution, also uses a percentage of the worlds clean water supply, an essential element that is in short supply across developing countries. Miles Corron, an organiser at the Extinction Rebellion event, highlighted the importance of change within the industry. “So much water is used to produce fast fashion materials it’s in short supply as it is, surely they can put it to better use than destroying the planet”.

Of course, Extinction Rebellion only presents for one side of the argument. The fast fashion industry, despite its negative reputation, does contribute a significant number of positives, on a global scale. 80% of the work force for garment production are female, in developing countries, this has provided an element of support and empowerment for these women, both socially and economically. Also employing over 75 million people worldwide, the industry acts as a substantial economic contributor to both developed and developing countries.

While many sympathise with the Extinction Rebellion protestors and the relevant argument they put forward, change must come with a delicate balance in order to nurture the industry to a more sustainable future and maintain the livelihoods of the people within it. 

Students turn to sex work to fund living costs

University students are struggling more than ever with finances, as living costs rise. With expenses including, rent, bills, food, transport and general social activities, the student loan is no longer covering the necessities even with the added income of a part time job.

Over the years the UK has seen an increase in student sex workers using the industry to help pay for the expenses of student living. According to the 2018 ‘save the student’ survey, around 3% of UK students use the sex industry on a regular basis to fund basic living necessities, this has also seen a rise of up to 4% during periods where students are especially strapped for cash. One student from The university of Sheffield said “I hated my part time job, I was on minimum wage working 10-hour shifts which mixed with my student loan barely covered my rent, this line of work gives me flexible hours to work around my studies and I have extra cash, so I can actually experience university life. I won’t do it forever, but it works for now and I actually enjoy it.”

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A recent article in the Guardian, highlighted the increase in students sex workers and the surge in awareness from universities, with The University of Brighton providing a fresher’s fair stall offering free healthcare advice and none judgemental support for students partaking in sex work.

Despite the increase and awareness of students moving into the industry, the negative views surrounding the field has led to a reluctance from students to reach out for support and advice. Only a third of students (33%) within the industry will confide in healthcare providers, councillors and university staff about their line of work. This has meant students have no advice in regards to exiting the industry with barriers such as low paying job alternatives and mental health issues keeping them within the trade.

 

By Lorna Tyler

Crime in London goes down as crime in the UK begins to increase

Over the past decade crime in the UK has gradually decreased, from 2007 to 2014, giving a promising outlook into tackling crime. London and other major cities in the UK, have seen also seen a reduction in crime overall, within the same time period. However as of 2014 crime in the UK has been rising with an additional two million crimes in 2016 in comparison to 2014 and a 5% increase over a nine year period.

 

Individual crime statistics for London, suggest that despite the overall crime going down, more high impact crimes have been spiking over the past few years.

 

From 2013 London has seen a surge in prosecutions for possessing weapons, this can be seen right up to the last few months with London’s murder count at 36 in the first quarter of 2018 due to guns, knifes and other weapons. London as of 2018 has also been branded more dangerous than New York, according to the office of national statistics and a report from the guardian.

 

Controversial stop and searches in the UK additionally hit their lowest point since 2008 in 2014 after being on a gradual decrease since 2010, according to statistics released from the metropolitan police. Raising the question as to whether this could be the cause for the increase in possession of weapons offences as of 2015.

 

Of course the possibility of more effective methods to combat crime coming to light in recent years could mean the link is nothing more than a coincidence.

 

In a quote from the metropolitan police press office, Laura Roberts concluded “In January 2012, the Metropolitan Police Service launched a major and renewed focus on stop and search to make it more effective and fair. Since then, there has been significant reductions in the volumes of searches carried out, increased arrest rates and reduced complaints”.

 

Despite the increase in high impact crimes, other offences that highly effect society such as drug taking and dealing have decreased consistently within London, since 2007. Since its highest point over the past decade, drug related offences have halved according to 2016 statistics. In convergence with this, non-domestic burglaries have reduced to a third of the original amount since their highest point in 2007 and robberies have reduced by over a quarter since their highest point in 2008. Raising the possible connection between the cut in drug related crimes with many drug users having a pattern of theft to fund their addiction.

 

Other crimes with a huge impact on both individuals and society as a whole such as sexual offences, have seen a drastic increase over the past decade especially from 2014, with 2016 showing the highest number of reported offences over the past decade. However this increase could be due to more people coming forward in recent years and could also potentially include offenses that happened in past years, with victims only coming forward and reporting the crimes now.

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Tourism Continues to Increase in London

Tourism in London has long been a huge economic contributer. Tourism is now projected to increase in upcoming years with 2017 holding a record number of over 19 million visitors from across the world .We sent our reporter out to find out how tourism will effect London and how it will benefit London financially in the future.

 

NIB Brockwell Park Winter Fair

The chance to support local business and cut your spending in large corporate stores is coming to Herne hill with the Brockwell winter fair over Christmas. The fair will take place on the 3rd of December in Brockwell hall, with local gifts and handmade items and food available to buy in a Christmas environment.

 

NIB The Herne Hill Piano

The piano in Herne hill has inspired and become part of a documentary about street pianos, made by film and documentary makers Maureen Ni Fiann and Tom Rochester. The film took three years to make and has screened in South Korea and Los Angeles. The first London screening will happen on the 9th of December in Holborn.

Cavaliero Finn Exhibition – NIB

On December 9th and 10th Cavaliero Finn, the contemporary art and design gallery will be hosting a whole range of contemporary artists and their work, including names such as Caroline Popham and Gill Rocca, a recent feature in observer magazine. The exhibition will feature up and coming artists along with Cavaliero Finn exclusive and regular artists. Such as Tony Beaver, Jessica Thorn, Sandra James and Daniel Reynolds.

The artwork on display will be different than in previous exhibitions showing not just paintings but a whole collection of paintings, ceramics, sculptures and textiles. The exhibition will consist of all one of a kind designs by a collection of the UKs top artists.

Caroline Popham is a London based graphic designer, according to her website a portion of her work is based on human habits and routines, and during her career as a graphic designer she has worked with a range of high profile clients such as Louis Vuitton, due to her highly sought-after work.

Gill again is a London based artist specialising in landscape oil paintings, having studied fine art at Leeds university. On her website, she describes her work as aiming to create “a dreamlike tension between reality, memory and the imagination”.

The gallery will be open to the public, and artwork can be purchased in store or online.

 

 

 

Can Fake News Really Swing an Election?

Fake news has been popping up all over the place in recent years, spreading from websites specifically set up for the purpose of fake news, seeping onto our social media and causing chaos on what we can and can’t believe.

When scrolling through our Twitter or Facebook we will at some point come across a link to an article that someone has shared. If it links to the BBC, ITV, SKY or any of the general official news channels we can be almost 100 percent certain that the news is accurate and reliable, however fake news sites such as empirenews.net aim to trick readers into thinking the content they post is real.

This can appear harmless, until readers begin to form negative opinions of people based on facts presented in fake news, ruining reputations and in some cases having the ability to swing an election.

The US election was a prime example of this. With an abundance of fake news sites posting about the election and each candidate, those who viewed these articles would run the risk of having there views on each candidate swayed by the information in those articles. Bringing forward the question can fake news swing the outcome of an election by making the public biased towards a certain candidate?