Earlier today the Conscious Fashion Campaign, supported by the United Nations Office for Partnerships, led a panel at the United Nations General Assembly 74th Session SDG Media Zone focused on how the fashion industry is mobilizing climate action.

Kerry Bannigan, Founder of the Conscious Fashion Campaign, moderated the discussion with panelists Colleen Vien, Director of Sustainability, Timberland, Tricia Carey, Director of Global Business Development, Lenzing Group and Tolu Olubunmi, Manager of ActNow Climate Action Campaign. 

Global outdoor lifestyle brand Timberland shared the recent partnership with the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and World Bank Group’s Connect4Climate to support the Great Green Wall as a nature-based solution to fight the global climate crisis. The Great Green Wall is an African-led movement to grow an 8,000km line of trees across the entire width of Africa to fight climate change, drought, famine, conflict, and migration. It represents a marquis project in Timberland’s pledge to plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2024, announced earlier this month. 

During the panel, Vien discussed Timberland’s call to action for the global community to join the movement. Vien noted, “small actions can have a big impact, small actions by many can create a movement, and a movement can change the world.”

Carey shared Lenzing Group’s aim to become the first carbon neutral fiber producer in the world with goals of net-zero CO2 emissions target by 2050, a reduction of specific CO2 emissions by 50% until 2030 and an investment of more than 100 million Euro to combat 1.3 Mt of CO2 emissions. 

“Fashion industry leaders sharing their commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals shows this framework can be applied industry wide;” states Bannigan. “As a $2.4 trillion sector the potential to drive positive impact cannot be ignored. The Conscious Fashion Campaign seeks to unite the fashion industry to accelerate the 2030 agenda and will continue to champion industry innovators to create a sustainable future for all.”

Since 2016, the SDG Media Zone has been one of the main features of the United Nations General Assembly high-level week, bringing together United Nations Member States, content creators, influencers, activists and media partners to highlight actions and solutions in support of the Sustainable Development Goals. Through impactful in-depth interviews, panel discussions and Ted-style talks, the SDG Media Zone takes the conversation on advancing the 2030 Agenda out of the policy sphere and into the public discourse. This year, in addition to the general debate, leaders are participating in a series of summits and high-level meetings to boost action on climate change and accelerate progress on sustainable development, aimed at securing healthy, peaceful and prosperous lives for all.

To learn more visit: https://www.un.org/sdgmediazone