Happy World Environment Day from all of us at ALAS! This week we've got a special treat lined up for you; we've sifted through and picked our favourite environmentally themed books, movies, and podcasts that inspire us to do better and be better to our planet - because we only ever get one!
With knowledge comes power. Enjoy!
1. Marla Spivak - Why Bees are Disappearing
First up, Marla Spivak's Ted Talk nuts out four reasons as to why seven years ago, colonies of bees started dying en masse. They've thrived for 50 million years, each colony 40 to 50,000 individuals coordinated in amazing harmony, so why now? Bees pollinate a third of the world's crops, and our ecosystem depends on them. Watch above!
2. This American Life - Kid Politics
Kids are our future, so we need them to be able to lead the way in climate change, right? In Act 2 of one of our favourite podcasts, This American Life, they run an experiment; they ask the Executive Director of the National Earth Science Teachers Associationg (who develops curricula on climate change), to present the best evidence there is to a high school skeptic. Such an important issue to talk about, on how we can talk to our kids about climate change and the environment. Click to listen
3. Ralph Waldo Emerson - 'Nature'
Nature by Ralph Waldo Emerson was the first modern essay to recommend the appreciation of the outdoors as an all encompassing positive force. We loved this book because our idea of relaxation and our way to recharge our batteries are to engage with nature in some way; swimming in the ocean, going for a bushwalk, breathing in fresh air. This book reminds us that Nature truly is medicine, for all of us. Read it now.
4. David Attenborough's Planet Earth II - Cities
While our planet becomes overpopulated and polluted, animals have to adapt to that change. Some of them have done such a good job, that they are thriving in unprecedented numbers; leopards prowl the streets of Mumbai, and peregrine falcons hunt amongst New York's skyscrapers. So many animals, however, struggle to cope in the urban jungle. Our favourite environmentalist, David Attenborough, explores the question of what our responsibility to these animals is.
Watch Planet Earth II - 'Cities' on Channel 9 in Australia and BBC in the UK.
5. Vandana Shiva - Earth Democracy
World-renowned environmental activist and physicist Vandana Shiva calls for a radical shift in the values that govern democracies, condemning the role that unrestricted capitalism has played in the destruction of environments and livelihoods. Exploring the issues and influences of suicide seeds implemented by Monsanto to disempower communities, and explores how these struggles have yielded a set of principles based on inclusion, nonviolence, reclaiming the commons and freely sharing the earth's resources. Dr. Shiva calls these ideals, Earth Democracy, and serve as an urgent call to peace and as the basis for a just and sustainable future. Read now.
6. Kelly Elkin - ALAS manifesto
Since we started ALAS in 2011 we have been lucky enough to feature in quite a mix of awesome publications and online media platforms. In every interview from past and present, we are asked why we use sustainable fabrics and ethical production. Each time our response is simple... Why wouldn't we?
Read Kelly's empowering manifesto about why we do what we do here at ALAS...
Photo by Betony Dircks.
After all of those inspirational bits, now you know why it's so important to buy sustainable fabrics, to take care of our beautiful blue planet. When you buy ALAS, you know that we're using the best possible practices for all of our fabrications, as well as making sure the people who work for and with us are well looked after. Check out some GOTS certified organic cotton goodies on our shop page.