VSBSC 2021: UNITY


To our sponsors, attendees, YHDs, and mentors:

Thank you for another engaging, meaningful discussion this year at VSBSC 2021: UNITY. We hope our mentor session was impactful, fun, and most importantly, inspiring. We learned a lot — and hope you did too.

Some takeaways from this mentor session:

FTA: Fashion Takes Action

As consumers, we have so much power to change the world by just being careful in what we buy. We can have a greater impact than we think just by making a few small adjustments. A garbage truck of textiles burned every second of every da, and an estimated $500 billion USD is lost annually through this. By 2050, the fashion industry will use up 25% of the world’s carbon budget. This has led to a lack of transparency in the industry with serious environmental and social injustices not reflected in the costs of garments.

So, what can we do?

  • The 7 Rs of Fashion
    • Reduce
    • Reuse 
    • Repurpose
    • Repair
    • Resale
    • Rent
    • Recycle

Vancouver Humane Society

We have a high consumption rate of meat in North America, which leads to unethical treatment of animals such as cramped factory farming and creates many adverse environmental effects such as habitat destruction, greenhouse gas emissions and loss of biodiversity. Cutting out animal products from your diet is the single biggest action to take in order to reduce your carbon footprint.

Dogwood

The greenhouse effect has meant that the surface temperature of the earth has slowly risen, meaning that snow and ice levels have decreased, and sea levels are rising. What this means is that we are above the safe limit of greenhouse gases, with common emitters like agriculture and heating contributing some GHGs such as methane and carbon dioxide. The important thing to note is that climate change results in a positive feedback loop and essentially amplifies the rate at which the environment deteriorates – we may have less time than estimated. The only reason BC has a lower per capita emission is thanks to BC’s heavy investing in hydroelectricity. Fires, flooding, and extreme weather all become more common. The government did not penalize or tax pollution, instead choosing simply to regulate it, with outdated regulation to boot. As students, we can petition schools for retrofits or solar panels. We need to give less money and votes to politicians and organizations who support the fossil fuel industry and activists who are resisting climate change.