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Why what you wear is about more than fashion

Far from being frivolous, fashion is cultural currency, a tool of self-expression, and a much-loved confidence boost, but sadly it’s a problematic friend. Whether you’re donning Primark or Prada, thanks to hazy supply chains and labour practices, there’s no guarantee as to who made your clothes, and how sustainable they really are. In this episode of TEDxLondon’s Climate Curious, we’re joined by Baroness Lola Young, an activist, author, crossbench peer in the House of Lords, and Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, widely known for her contribution to creating legislation to eliminate modern slavery, a number which shockingly still stands at 40 million today globally. This pioneer urges us all to wake up to the labour behind the label, and to disengage from the fast fashion blame game and change what we can, today, with the resources we have. Tune in with Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst to understand why it’s not about banning fast fashion – it’s about pressuring governments to make firms smarten up their act to end modern slavery, discover why being more thoughtful about people is the first step to being more thoughtful about consumption, and explore the surprisingly easy thing you can do today to make a difference – simply wear your clothes more! In this week’s Climate Confessions we take on shoe addictions, shopping to make yourself feel better (we’ve all been there) and recklessly running the hot tap for no good reason – why not!?

Are you Climate Curious?

If you care about the world, but find the current conversation about climate change confusing, scary or boring then this might be the podcast for you. Join TEDxLondon as we lift the lid on the climate emergency. Find out why cities are key to the climate fight, why we need to tackle systemic problems (and not just plastic straws), and why we’re all a bit crap at sustainability.

Hear from hosts Maryam Pasha and Ben Hurst as they scout the earth for intersectional solutions, meet the cities that are leading the way, find out why the next 10 years are so important, indulge in our speakers’ climate confessions, and ask – episode by episode – why climate? Why should we care? And what can we do?

This season, we’re talking about why your gas stove is killing you, why you don’t need to care about climate change to care about climate change, why green is the new black and why racial justice and climate justice are inextricably linked.

Warning – this is not just another climate podcast. It’s for people who want to care, who are curious, but need a little helping hand to find that motivation.

This podcast is produced by TEDxLondon and made possible by the generous support of our Headline Partner, Citi.