When Cynthia + I formed Climate Revolution, the plan was to link with all the NGO’s + start by saving the rainforest – to speak with one voice. I am a very good analyst, I started with the map + eventually designed a whole pack of playing cards.The map is the most important playing card, if we pass the tipping point the earth will become uninhabitable + we’re on the road to mass extinction. We asked the NGO’s to use the map + to programme all their projects in relation to it – if we were all working within the context of the map, then we would all be working together, speak with one voice but none of them did it.

The point I’m up to now: I published a manifesto explaining No Man’s Land + we sent it to in particular the NGO’s we’ve worked with for the past 10 years. The manifesto is a work in process, broadly speaking it shows the practical steps we need to take. I’ve just been talking to John Sauven, Head of Greenpeace, about exactly what they need to do.

Greenpeace are to put together a report on the rainforest telling what they are doing, + to contact all other NGO’s who are working to save the rainforest – e.g. Cool Earth; working with indigenous people to stop the mines that are destroying the forest + turfing them off their land; the people of Brazil who are fighting Bolsonaro – and put it together in a full report. The report will be written in the context of our aim to establish No Man’s Land, important to this project is Fred Harrison. He will be able to adjust their progress in achieving success with No Man’s Land: make sure you’re not shooting yourself in the foot.

We need to speak to all the other NGO’s separately + give them all specific projects. Sea Shepherd should write a report on Save the Ocean + Greenpeace will have to link with them on this because already Greenpeace are doing one heck of a lot to save the ocean. Farms not Factories should link with animal cruelty groups. War Child should link with the Trade Unions because we need to stop arms production and therefore stop war. War makes War.

We’ve got to use these reports to challenge government with a set of specific demands. Normally we would call a press conference but now, even better we will do it through social media.

Because we’re in lockdown, the map might not hurl us into mass extinction. We must prolong lockdown because the earth is healing itself + lockdown may even prevent the financial Cra$h which Fred predicts for 2028. Shutdown for polluting, destructive and unnecessary industry. The govt has to pay for lockdown, but they want to wriggle out of this as soon as possible. Apply No Man’s Land, collect rent for land. The first of our demands must be: don’t renew Trident (£205bn).

Vivienne Westwood with Fred Harrison at the Financial Times Woman at the Top 2019

Vivienne Westwood with Fred Harrison at the Financial Times Woman at the Top 2019

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  1. Well said! Thanks Vivienne!

    Best,
    Jeffrey

    Comment by Jeffrey Jordan on 19/05/2020 at 2:19 pm

  2. 205 billion a year on a nuclear deterrent that has never been used in it’s history, the only possible use of which is the massacre of hundreds of thousands if not millions of innocent people, it’s ridiculous and evil. Mutually assured destruction is a con, no excuse for it. And the government have the cheek to push for austerity when they’re throwing all that money away. Well said Vivienne.
    Hope you and Andreas are well.
    Patrick
    X

    Comment by Patrick on 19/05/2020 at 8:39 pm

  3. Well said as always Vivienne 🤩💕

    Comment by Anonymous on 21/05/2020 at 8:53 pm

  4. Thank you for sharing your effortsVivienne, it’s so inspiring !! I am an ENVS student and want to be a fashion sustainability consultant and would love to learn underneath your sustainability team’s wings!!! Please let me know if there are any formal/ informal internship opportunities.

    Thank you <3

    Comment by alexzandria ashton on 21/05/2020 at 8:59 pm